Graphics tablet specialist Wacom has introduced a new range of Bamboo tablets, merging interactive multi-touch functionality with pen tablet technology in a single device.
Currently, the Bamboo tablets recognise two digits at a time and can distinguish between gestures to zoom, rotate and scroll. Gesture can also be used for navigation and to click or select an item or tool.
Available in a range of sizes and functions, including touch only, the tablets have been restyled with an integrated pen holder and a slimline design. Unlike some graphics tablets the Wacom range doesn't require batteries and simply works via USB.
Pen pressure sensitivity has been increased from 512 to 1024 levels with the exception of the entry level Bamboo Pen.
There are four tablets in the range, Bamboo, Bamboo Fun, Bamboo Pen and Bamboo Touch, each of which comes in several sizes.
While some are aimed at professional graphic artists, the Bamboo range isn't limited to commercial use. The Bamboo Fun is aimed at more creative users and is intended for more hands on and controlled paintings, sketches and drawings. Graphics pens offer much more precision than a mouse, making them ideal for retouching and editing photographs and other images.
Bamboo Dock, a collection of applications and widgets developed around Adobe Air and available for free, will help extend the tablets' usage beyond simple photo editing and document signing.