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February 17, 2005

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February 18, 2005 If you're a creative professional, Wacom's new Cintiq 21 UX might just be the tool we've been waiting for. Users can draw directly onto the 21.3-inch screen, eight programmable ExpressKeys and Touch Strips for scrolling, zooming and changing brush settings with the touch of a finger. But wait, there's more, like 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, 1600 x 1200 resolution, a 170-degree viewing angle, anti-glare coating, 24-bit color with ICC colour profile and a 400:1 contrast ratio. Expected in March, the Cintiq 21 UX is expected to cost US$2500 on the street.

Wacom has announced the Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display - a 21.3 inch screen that allows users to work with a pen directly on the colour-accurate LCD. The Cintiq 21UX offers more of everything: more screen area, more pressure sensitivity, more pen control, more resolution, more comfort, more productivity. At an estimated street price of US$2499 the Cintiq 21UX will begin shipping in March, but customers can register at www.cintiq.com now to be at the head of the line for units.

The Cintiq 21UX combines the advantages of a professional quality LCD display with the control, comfort, and productivity of Wacom's cordless, battery-free tablet technology.

The 21.3" display features UXGA (1600x1200) resolution, a 170 degree viewing angle, anti-glare and hard texture coatings, 24-bit color with ICC color profile, a 400:1 contrast ratio, and 250 cd/m2 brightness.

The tablet technology provides 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, 5,080 lines-per-inch resolution, and pen tilt sensitivity. The unique Cintiq 21UX stand allows it to be rotated 180 degrees in either direction and tilted to any angle between 10° and 65°. The Cintiq 21UX works on operating systems from Microsoft and Apple.

Many professional graphics software applications are specifically designed to be used with a Wacom pen. These applications include Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Macromedia Flash, Corel Painter, Discreet Combustion, Apple Motion, Alias Maya, SketchBook Pro, and StudioTools.

"Many creative professionals have told me that using a Cintiq has doubled their productivity," says Michael Marcum, Wacom Sr. Product Manager. "Recognizing the hourly value of creative professionals, I think it's easy to see how a Cintiq can pay for itself in less than six months. Perhaps even more importantly, time saved by using a Cintiq can let busy professionals get their lives back, which I think is priceless."

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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