Intuos3 tablet features Expresskeys, more

Wacom announced on Wednesday its latest pen tablet, the Intuos3, which features finger-sensitive touch strips that allow you to zoom in or scroll with your non-drawing hand and ExpressKeys that can be programmed for shortcuts, modifiers and other oft-used operations. In addition, the Intuos3 offers 5080 lines of resolution per inch (double that of the Intuos2), a new industrial design, an improved Grip Pen with a larger rubber barrel, a battery-free mouse with five programmable buttons and a scroll wheel and a new software bundle that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 2, Corel Painter Essentials 2 and nik Color Efex Pro 2 IE, a Photoshop plug-in with eight photo filters. All three applications take advantage of the Intuos3's pressure-sensitive capability.

Wacom will ship the Intuos3, which only has USB connectivity, by mid-September in three sizes with active areas of 4x5 (US$199.99), 6x8 ($329.99) and 9x12 ($449.99). The company noted that the Intuos2 will continue to be available for users who need serial connectivity or 12x12 or 12x18 sizes. Optional accessories that will be available for the Intuos3 include an airbrush, an inking pen and new items for customizing the tablet's Grip Pen.

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