[accessibleimage] Re: tablet

  • From: "Blackburn, Alan" <Alan.Blackburn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 11:24:10 +1100


I have been using a Wacom tablet for a couple of years and find it more
intuitive, easier to use and gives better results than using a mouse,
although it does require a bit of practice to get used to initially. I
am a reasonable artist and find a pen easier to draw with ... it just
seems like the right tool for the job!!! I find mice very clumsy and
hard to control.


My daughter is a digital-media artist and uses a tablet with lots of
art/multi-media programs but wears out the tips on the pens at regular
intervals. I am finding it hard to find them in "normal" computer shops
although specialist art shops seem to still stock them. There used to be
a lot of cheaper Asian-made tablets around in Australia, but now I'm
only able to get Wacom, which is fine as they are the best we've tried,
although the most expensive.


It doesn't really matter which graphics program you use with a tablet as
the tablet is only really an alternative way to control the cursor

I use both mouse and pen (pen in right hand, mouse in left) which gives
me more speed (e.g. scrolling with the mouse wheel while still using the


For creating images for swell-paper we use Publisher, which is one of
the MS Office suite of programs so is basically "free" because it
resides on most business/school PC's. We've found it easy to learn and
teach as it uses a lot of the same tools as Word but is a far more
capable program for graphics creation/compilation. You can incorporate
images (e.g. .giff, .tiff lifted from .pdf files) or trace them ... very
useful for maps etc. You can also copy and paste braille from DBT.


I'm also trialling Picture Braille for Windows, which is undergoing huge
development at the moment and has become a very useful program for
creating embossable graphics. We use Index Everest embossers in graphics


Hope this helps






From: accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Gardner
Sent: Tuesday, 23 January 2007 7:33 AM
To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: tablet


Hello Diane.  The important question is which application to use, not
which tablet to use.  You can use just about any touch or pen screen,
including a tablet PC screen to create hand drawings in graphics
authoring applications that will then emboss on your Tiger embosser.
ViewPlus includes the Tiger Designer as part of its Tiger Software Suite
that ships with ViewPlus embossers.  This application is intended for
people who like to control each embossed dot.  The IVEO Creator can also
be used with a tablet to draw shapes as part of the process for creating
simple IVEO SVG documents.  However you can use MS Paint or any of many
free or low cost drawing applications too.  You can do the same even in
MS Word by selecting the freehand drawing tool.  Use the application
that meets your needs.  If you want to add braille text or labels, I'd
suggest using MS Word and appropriate braille fonts (or let the Tiger
Formatter translate them to braille for you), or you can use Tiger
Designer and craft every dot to be exactly what you want.


If you have IVEO Creator, you probably also have the IVEO touch pad.  It
works fine for making drawings, but there are lots of other tablets that
also work just fine.


Hope this helps.  




From: accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Diane
Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 10:43 AM
To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [accessibleimage] tablet

I've just started subscribing to this list, and a quick scan of the more
recent archives didn't find turn anything up on this topic.

Has anyone used a tablet for creating graphics in a drawing program that
are ultimately printed on the Tiger or on swell paper? If so, was it
useful? If it was useful, what kind of tablet and what kind of drawing
program did you have, or what would you recommend? 

Frequently I would like to just be able to trace an image that would
then be loaded onto my computer so I could then add whatever patterns I
wanted. My mouse drawings are so clumsy.


Diane Nousanen
1100 West 45th St.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Austin, Tex. 78756
(512) 206-9108

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