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Apr 02, 2011 13:37 |  #1

I'm getting interested in buying a tablet, most likely a Wacom Intuos4 Medium.

I don't do much retouching work at all, and what little I do is done in Lightroom. I have Photoshop Elements, which I rarely use, and do not have Photoshop.

Periods of mouse work really start to bother my hand, so I'm considering it for the ergonomic differences, as well as any productivity improvements it might offer while getting around in LR.

My editing computer is a Vista 64-bit build with dual monitors, and my main monitor is oriented vertically, as I tend to shoot more in portrait than landscape.

Will I be happy using the tablet that way? Is it better to orient the tablet the same way, with the buttons and touch ring on the top or bottom, or leave it horizontal and lose part of the functional tablet area due to the mismatched orientation?


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Apr 03, 2011 04:56 |  #2

I can imagine a tablet being much help in LR?
It's more a point (i.e mouse) and keyboard driving application.

Do you take advantage of the keyboard short cuts? I do a lot of work in LR with out using the mouse, especially sorting photos and basic cropping etc.

Also, what sort of mouse do you have, and do you have a proper chair and desk set up?


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Apr 03, 2011 12:31 |  #3

I tend to utilize keyboard shortcuts whenever I can.

My mouse is a generic OEM model leftover from a previous computer. Maybe I should swap it with the Intellimouse from my other computer, as it has a wider feel to it.

My desk situation is probably decent, but not ideal.


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Apr 04, 2011 01:25 |  #4

ToddR wrote in post #12149300 (external link)
I tend to utilize keyboard shortcuts whenever I can.

My mouse is a generic OEM model leftover from a previous computer. Maybe I should swap it with the Intellimouse from my other computer, as it has a wider feel to it.

My desk situation is probably decent, but not ideal.


Nothing worse than a generic OEM mouse.
They are the lowest of the low, and the cheapest of the cheap.

If your spending long amounts of time at your desk then you need a proper ergonomic set up, or you will have problems.
A gaming mouse is ideal, as they are very precise, have great low friction pads, and the higher ends ones are heavily programmable.

A good keyboard is also important. Either a high end office or gaming keyboard is ideal. Many gaming keyboards also have programmable hot keys.

And, finally, it's no good getting all of the above if your not sitting in a proper adjustable chair with a proper desk.


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