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Reviewed Wacom Intuos 4 I switched from a mouse to my Wacom early last year. A graphic tablet certainly comes with a learning curve. It can be frustrating at first but 30 minutes of perseverance and you are hooked! A lot of designers and artists use it only as a drawing/ illustration tool, but I stopped using a mouse altogether once I got used to the tablet. I had used my Intuos 3 for almost a year when the Intuos 4 came out. Of course I switched as soon as I could. The 4’s stylish new looks were impossible to resist! And the widescreen format of the tablet works well with my dual screen setup. Apart from that though, I don’t find a huge difference in using the 4. Both the tablets are very high performance graphic tablets; amongst the best in the market right now. The pen that comes with 4 is slightly lighter than the one with 3, but I never found the weight of the pen to be a problem anyway. They say the 4 is a big improvement for left handed users, but I can’t comment on that.

Apart from the fact that simple mouse functions like drag and drop, hover and click, etc. are much faster on a Wacom, these are the uses I have found for me as a designer: Adobe Illustrator is so much more user-friendly now; I can draw a curve straight on to the computer and 5 minutes of tweaking and it’s ready to go! As last year was my first foray into type design, the pen turned out to be a big help. I don’t use the pen pressure and tilt settings much but for anyone who is interested, well, you can use those settings to get different results in Photoshop, Illustrator and other programs too. I am a mac user and a right click addict. Did I miss that with my pen? Not at all! You can assign functions to the buttons on the

pen AND to the buttons on the tablet itself. The best part is that all these buttons can do different things in different software programs. For example, the same button can be ‘hide selection’ in Photoshop, ‘Convert to outlines’ in Illustrator, ‘Paste in place’ in InDesign, and act as a simple right click in all other applications. So, I am thinking of cons to give a balanced review, but I really cannot think of one. Try out a tablet if you have been thinking about it. I would highly recommend the Wacom Intuos 3 or 4. My wrist truly thanks me now that I have stopped using a mouse. Oh, and my favorite argument in favor of a tablet is, ‘Men learned to draw with a pen, not with a bar of soap’. –Aastha Gaur Typekit A new wave of hope for sore eyes across the globe is the freedom of using custom typefaces on the web. Various startups have re-launched fonts, as a service; a huge break from the eight odd choices available to any web-designer, including (shudder) Comic Sans. Names like Typekit (http://www., Typotheque (http://, and Fontdeck (http://fontdeck. com) are set to write the new history of typography for the web. Typekit is currently the leading service provider of fonts for the web. A designer can now access many typefaces by paying a nominal annual subscription fee for Typekit. The service allows a

website to ‘call’ the desired typeface whenever it is loaded on the user’s computer just by adding three lines of code to the page. While it does slow down the page a little, it is a small price to pay for a great

looking and SEO friendly website! Just like the pre-computing days of typesetting were governed by possession of a physical copy of a typeface, typography on the web so far was an inventory of the lowest common multiples of a few ‘default’ fonts. These services are set to change it all for good. An upcoming trend to look out for: by making typefaces available as a service, companies can track the usage of fonts more effectively. Small and big type foundries and designers can thus look forward to getting the fee they deserve for their fonts. This in turn means that we can expect to see more and more good font options available in these libraries. –Abhishek Ghaté To iPhone or not to iPhone? Deliberately or not I broke my last iPhone’s screen, so I had a new excuse added to the list of reasons for wanting to own the new iOS4. I was among the few fortunate ones who didn’t have to stand in long lines outside the iStore since I preordered mine through a friend who works for AT&T. Since this was an upgrade from a previous version of the iPhone, I was happy to see that the new one comes loaded with features like a front facing camera, built-in compass and such-like. Voice control now allows you to talk to your phone & it responds to your requests. (Something apple has done previously with shuffle & iPod and has now added to their phone). I like that all my inboxes can now be accessed from a common one. And the same goes for all the calendars & notes that I create over different email ids. My 2 year old absolutely loves face-time since he can now catch-up with his dad (who is always away on travel) and actually see him over the phone everyday. (Though Face-time only works on wifi.) With all the good things I have to say about this phone, I do have a lot to complain about as well. Yes, it drops calls! The antenna was integrated in the design to actually

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encompass the phone body but doing so may have caused it to drop calls when held at a certain angle. It is shameful to see apple R&D missed such a flaw in design and allowed it slip through to its

final production. This brings me to another point, apple is rather behind in launching many features that are available even in basic phones, for example - a more complex camera with zoom & built-in flash (which has finally been introduced in the iPhone). Apple says they believe in delivering the best and therefore take time to design something that’s top of the line. In support of this they have delivered Face-time and truly there is nothing like it in this world. So then why serve a halfbaked cookie? –Vaishali Katyarma. Bagel’s Café Photographer Priyanka Sachar recommends Bagel’s Café. Its not just a casual dining restaurant chain, and the only restaurant in Delhi NCR that serves authentic bagels, but also the venue for photography or art exhibition every alternate month. In an endeavor to promote arts, the walls at the main outlet are decked with stirring prints of local

photographers, the last being her own photography omnibus titled ‘Evanescence’. With chic, minimalistic interiors, Bagel’s Café keeps up with the NCR’s fastchanging beat. –Priyanka Sachar

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