The CintiqPartner, a pen tablet designed to use the Grip Pen from a Cintiq interactive pen display, has been released by
Wacom Technology. The Mac compatible product is being demonstrated for the first time at this week’s NAB2003.
With Cintiq interactive pen displays, you can work directly on the screen via an electronic stylus. Add a CintiqPartner to the equation and you can use the same stylus to navigate on any traditional CRT or LCD display. The CintiqPartner can be configured to span an entire desktop consisting of a Cintiq and a traditional monitor, which means you can do things like drag and drop icons between the monitors.
The US$199 CintiqPartner, which has USB connectivity, has an active area of six by eight inches. The Cintiq Grip Pen controls the cursor in any application, offers 512 levels of pressure-sensitivity, and offers pen-point precision whether you’re using it directly on the Cintiq screen or on the CintiqPartner tablet, according to Wacom.
The CintiqPartner is due to ship by the end of June. A $50 manufacturer’s mail-in rebate on the purchase of a CintiqPartner will be available anyone who buys a Cintiq interactive pen display between March 1 and July 31. The CintiqPartner works with Mac OS X (10.1.3 or higher) and Mac OS 8.5-9.x.