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digitizing tablet
Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2002 

An input device that enables you to enter drawings and sketches into a computer. A digitizing tablet consists of an electronic tablet and a cursor or pen. A cursor (also called a puck) is similar to a mouse, except that it has a window with cross hairs for pinpoint placement, and it can have as many as 16 buttons. A pen (also called a stylus) looks like a simple ballpoint pen but uses an electronic head instead of ink. The tablet contains electronics that enable it to detect movement of the cursor or pen and translate the movements into digital signals that it sends to the computer.

For digitizing tablets, each point on the tablet represents a point on the display screen in a fixed manner. This differs from mice, in which all movement is relative to the current cursor position. The static nature of digitizing tablets makes them particularly effective for tracing drawings. Most modern digitizing tablets also support a mouse emulation mode , in which the pen or cursor acts like a mouse.

Digitizing tablets are also called digitizers, graphics tablets, touch tablets, or simply tablets.

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Aristo College Board - Digitizing tablet
This article describes and reviews the functionality of the Artiso College Board/Digital product. Here you can read about how this digitizing sensor functions as both a mouse and a digitizer.

Pandora's Toybox articles about digitizing tablets
Pandora's Toybox offers product reviews for the CalComp Drawing Slate II and Wacom Artpad II digitizing tablets. Each review provides a comprehensive analysis of the product and its functionality, along with manufacturer contact information.

Reviews of artistic tablets and digitizers
Provides links to reviews on several digitizing tablet products. The reviews are personal testimonials and contain positive and negative aspects of each product.

WACOM graphics tablets
WACOM European home page. Here, you can read about WACOM's line of graphics tablets, get answers to technical questions, download software drivers, read about the company, and link to related sites.

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