I just received an email from a friend;
I love all your books and have learned most everything that I understand about Flash cartoon animation from your books. I have a question on the Cintiq tablet. You mention that you use one and I was wondering about your opinion about which size you think fits best for creating Flash cartoons? As you know Wacom has the 22″ and 24″ and they’ve recently come out with the 13″. I’m particularly interested in the 13″ but I’ve wondered if having a larger screen size is more ideal. I would certainly welcome your opinion based on your years working with Flash for creating cartoon animation. I look forward to hearing from you, thanks.
I’ll preface my response by saying I have only been able to use the Cintiq 13HD and for only a couple of days. A local dealer loaned one to me and soon they will be asking for its speedy return. I have seen the 24HD being used at a local conference event and I can say with certainty, it is a beautiful piece of hardware.
Which one to choose? I will break it down like this:
Cintiq 13 – The perfect choice if you want a Cintiq tablet combined with portability. The 13″ size fits perfectly in my laptop bag alongside my MacBook Pro and I can easily take it with me almost anywhere. Keep in mind, you will need a power source wherever your travels take you as the Cintiq 13 is not wireless in any way. In fact, I found the tethered nature of the 13 to be slightly annoying, but I admit I’m splitting hairs with that complaint so don’t take it too seriously. The small screen also means that everything being displayed is well, very small. Almost too small. I had a difficult time selecting menu items and tools across Adobe Flash and Photoshop. There’s also a persistent arrow cursor displayed under my stylus that covers up the items I try to select, turning the simple task of selecting things into a game of blind luck. I have not been able to find a way to hide this cursor in the tablet preferences.
UPDATE! It’s been a few more days of using the Cintiq 13HD and I have grown more and more fond of it. I’ve started to forget about the cables needed to connect the device to my computer and the cursor “issue” has all but gone away for me. Yes, the screen is still feeling smallish, but I’m an adaptable kind of guy and I’m finding myself selecting and moving about my applications in a swift manner. Still the best part? Transporting the Cintiq alongside my MacBook in my backpack between work and home. Portability is this tablets’ key strength.
Cintiq 22HD, 24HD or 24HD Touch – As mentioned previously, I have not been able to actually use one of the larger Cintiqs but I can say that if portability is not a priority and your budget can provide for it, go big or go home. Maybe someday I’ll get my grubby hands on one and really kick its tires.