February 22, 2007

Wacom Introduces World’s First Wide-Format Interactive Pen Display

Vancouver, Wash. - Wacom Technology Corporation has introduced the Cintiq 20WSX, the latest addition to its Cintiq family of interactive pen displays.
The Cintiq 20WSX boasts a 20.1-inch widescreen LCD (WSXGA+ 1680x1050 resolution) for those who prefer to work with a 16:10 aspect ratio. In addition, the Cintiq 20WSX offers new pricing and features for digital content creators seeking to work with Wacom’s patented pen technology.

Building on the design, aesthetics, and market acceptance of the Cintiq 21UX, the 20WSX was built to meet the growing need for a widescreen interactive pen display within the creative community. With a suggested retail price of $1999, the Cintiq 20WSX comes with new features geared toward enhancing workflow, productivity, and the overall creative process:
-- New programmable ExpressKeys, seven on both sides of the display in separate clusters of five and two respectively, include new Display Toggles that allow users to seamlessly switch the screen cursor between the Cintiq pen display and other displays. Additionally, new Touch Strip modifying features extend Touch Strip capabilities.
-- Touch Strips, two in total, located on the left and right back side of the display, provide quick and smooth scrolling, zooming, or brush settings with the touch of a finger. Placing the Touch Strips on the back provides added comfort and, when used in conjunction with the Touch Strip Modifier ExpressKeys, provides three possible combinations per side, or six new ways to assign and control Touch Strip functions.
-- Pen Tether Anchors and a Kensington Security Slot are located on the back of the display to fit individual security needs.

The Cintiq 20WSX is designed for serious photographers, industrial designers, illustrators, 2D and 3D animators, graphic designers, as well as storyboard and fine artists. The Cintiq 20WSX takes advantage of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, and other leading software applications with its intuitive controls and natural feel.

The Cintiq’s patented cordless, battery-free Grip Pen offers 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity for superior creative input and ergonomic comfort. The patented Cintiq stand is dynamically adjustable, moving up or down and rotating 180 degrees in either direction.

“The Cintiq 20WSX blends highly attractive pricing, new features and incredible versatility into a proven product design, allowing professionals from numerous disciplines to experience the ultimate platform to enhance creative workflow and productivity,” says Michael Marcum, director of product management for Wacom Technology Corp. “The size and form factor of the 20WSX are designed to fit the architecture of the human body, as well as serve as a monitor replacement or integrate seamlessly into a multi-monitor desktop.”

Wacom pen users will enjoy intuitive new Vista-enabled note-taking resources, handwriting recognition, and time-saving gesture control options. All versions of Vista (except Home Basic) provide complete pen functionality. Additionally, Office 2007 applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote running on Vista all support digital mark-up with a Wacom pen and provide easy access to digital inking tools for intuitive collaboration. Users can select a pen or highlighter tool to jot notes, create rough sketches, or mark up documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides, and e-mail messages.