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I have a Wacom (I think it's a 4 x 6") that i've had for a couple of years now. I use it mainly for freehand drawing on things- as it's easier to control than the mouse. It takes a little bit to get used to since you can use the pen in place of your mouse, but it is more precise. It takes some practice to get the hang of coordinating the placement of the pointer on the screen with "drawing" on the table, but it's easy to pick-up. Once you get used to the feel of it, it's really quite useful for detail work since you can adjust the pen "pressure", much like drawing/painting in real life. The following image I did for a class a few years ago, and I think it's the first thing I did with the tablet. I "traced" the outline of the building in the image and then used various paint brushes to fill it all in using the tablet. Not that great, but it much easier than trying to do it with the mouse.
I highly recommend it - and definitely bigger than the one that I have. I think that you'd find a ton of different uses for it.
I haven't, but I'm glad Jenn was able to answer your question. I agree that it would be a really neat thing to have! Let us know if Santa brings you one!
__________________ TTC #1: 5/20/05: 5/27/05: 5/28/05: miscarriage 08/27/05: 08/30/05: miscarriage 01/15/05: misdiagnosed with PCOS 08/29/06: first appt at fertility clinic (was already pregnant with dd and didn't know it) 08/31/06: 05/16/07: DD was born
TTC #2: 11/13/09: let's try again! 03/10/10: tests with new OB - everything totally normal for DH and I, no indication of pcos; officially diagnosed with "Unexplained Infertility" 04/21/10 - 10/13/10: 7 unsuccessful rounds of clomid with OB 11/13/10 - 14/23/11: 3 unsuccessful IUI's with clomid at fertility clinic 07/27/11: ER for IVF - retrieved 27; 17 were mature enough to fertilize; all 17 fertilized; 11 made it to day 3 embryos; 6 made it to day 6 blasts. Transferred 1, froze 5. 08/08/11: positive hpt! 08/13/11 - 08/20/11: positive blood test (186), but cramping and bleeding. 2 days later, blood at 275; 2 days later, blood at 21. Inevitable miscarriage. 10/13/11: start suprefact for first FET