How do Tablets work?

February 2, 2009 at 04:22:14
Specs: Windows Vista, E6600
Hi,

I've been looking at getting a graphics tablet but have a few questions I cant seem to find answers to on google, mainly about how it inputs onto the screen.

For instance, I have a dual monitor setup and would only be drawing on one of the monitors at a time. Does the tablet show an image of both screens on its surface, and I'd just draw on the one monitor I wanted to on the tablet to have it come up on screen (hence basically wasting 50% of the tablets area)?

Or is the tablet blank and its entire surface area represents the active window, hence if I had one window selected on just one monitor the tablets area would only represent that window?

What about if the window is 50% of the screen size etc?

Thanks, Ed.


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#1
February 2, 2009 at 04:33:09
Tablets have been around for quite awhile. usually they are touch screen machines that use a stylus to interact with the machine.

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#2
February 2, 2009 at 04:46:08
I mean a graphics tablet, not a tablet PC.

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#3
February 2, 2009 at 06:15:09
Look here: http://www.google.com/search?q=grap...

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#4
February 2, 2009 at 10:04:32
Does anybody even read the original post, already said I tried google.

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#5
February 2, 2009 at 10:25:52
"hence if I had one window selected on just one monitor the tablets area would only represent that window?

That's correct.

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#6
February 2, 2009 at 10:32:41
If you follow the link posted by Jennifer you will find all you want about graphics tablets. Three or four items down is a Wikipedia article that will give you a wealth of information of Graphics Tablets with once mentioning a Tablet PC.

Graphics tablets do not represent or imitate or copy or do anything else with the screen. Graphics tablets interact with a CAD or graphics application and it is that which puts the information on the screen.

The size of the screen or whether you have one or two is no more relevant than when using a word processor and a keyboard. It is the application that you are linking to the graphics tablet that matters.

You appear to be working on the assumption that the graphics tablet communicates directly with the video hardware. It doesn't any more than a keyboard does. It has to go through a suitable application that can convert the information from the graphics table to something the video hardware can understand.

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#7
February 2, 2009 at 13:29:29
It is basically a fancy mouse. Some have various hot key type of features and can integrate with some popular applications. The better ones cost almost $500.

Normally the screen size is of no matter, the pad size assumes it to be the screen size. This may cause issues with wide screen/ normal screen size and wide/normal pad size if they are mismatched.


Also depends on the OS. We has OS2 on two screens and used one screen for tools and one for drawing. The digitizer would move from screen to screen.

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#8
February 2, 2009 at 16:36:30
There's also the option to search Google with "graphics tablet with dual monitors". But perhaps the OP would like us to do the research FOR him and save him the trouble.

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