Wacom Intuos3 Express Keys And Touch Strips

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Wacom Intuos3 6x8
ExpressKeys & Touch Strips
October 14, 2005
Introduction The Intuos3 ExpressKeys & Touch Strips Pen & Mouse Software Bundle
Tutorials Intuos3 Exercises (Part 1) Intuos3 Exercises (Part 2) Intuos3 Exercises (Part 3)
How Do They Do That? Specifications Conclusion


Continuing on, let's take a look at ExpressKeys and Touch Strips, and the WTCP (Wacom Tablet Control Panel).

ExpressKeys And Touch Strips


If you've ever come across the Intuos3 Wacom tablets, you've probably noticed terms such as ExpressKeys and Touch Strips. These are the latest additions to Wacom's pen tablets, and they have basically transformed the tablet to another level of control and convenience in your applications.

ExpressKeys are pretty much self-explanatory. They are programmable via the Wacom Tablet Properties control panel. Virtually any key can be programmed into the ExpressKey. Wacom has already preset the shortcut keys to 1) CTRL, 2) SHIFT, 3) ALT, and 4) SPACE. When using the control panel for the tablet (which is covered on the following page), you can easily choose which keys you want to be assigned, and even which program uses them. In other words, you can add several different programs, each having their own specific key functions when you use the Intuos3 tablet.

The Wacom Tablet Control Panel

This area is really the Brain of your Intuos3. Here is the location of where you control what ExpressKeys are used for particular keyboard keys, and for each program. For example, if you require multiple image editors when processing your images, this could save you a lot of time.

Suppose you had particular keys in Photoshop you use considerably more than others. Well, simply click on the WTCP (Wacom Tablet Control Panel), click on the particular "tool" you want the application to be applied to (i.e., the tablet's ExpressKeys & Touch Strips or Mouse), then click on the "+" button to add the application. From there you browse for the application within your Windows program files or the current list (Wacom has a list of programs which you have currently open, so in case you can't find the particular program to associate, just open the program itself from your start menu or shortcut, and you'll see the program available within the list when you press the "+" button), then associate your favorite keys with the either the tablet or the mouse.

WTCP Pen & Mouse Settings

Special adjustments for the pen and mouse are also available.

Numerous Configuration Options

As you can see, a wide variety of options are available to you, and this is only for ONE application. If you have several software programs which need specific tailoring, the Intuos3 can adapt to them, providing for endless possibilities and configurations.


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