tablets and tablets

Ive been looking around at tablets as an input device recently, but most that i see seem to be geared towards graphic artists with 1024 levels of
sensitivity, different 'brush' thicknesses, tilt up to 60 degrees etc, none of which really seem to be useful features for CAD work.... What talets are out there, and what tablets are being used by CAD operators? Most of the ones i have seen are the Wacom types.
Thanks, Shaun
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Ok, Ive had a bit of a read and a look around and discovered the 'tablet.dwg' in the samples folder... looks pretty cool! But it seems to be setup for a 12"x12" tablet only. Its probably one of those things that you can only work out with time, but a lot of those functions on the tablet layout are ones that i dont really use. I started out with cad when it was a DOS program, so even nowadays when im using 2004, i dont know much about the buttons to be clicked on. I only have a couple of the toolbars (view ports mostly) in my workspace and work by having my left hand on the keyboard and right hand on the mouse. Some of them do look really nice though, and i can see i would get a lot of use out of them.... if only i had a penny for every time Ive typed 'la'......
Having said that, 12x12 seems a very big area for a tablet, and working all day i could see my arms getting tired! does the tablet itself react to pressure from your fingers/arms ie. can you rest your arm on the active part of it?
Is anyone using a 9x12, or even a 6x8 tablet? If so, have you made up your own tablet overlay? how does the overlay itself work, is that part which contains 'buttons' no longer a part of the 'drawing screen', or does the entire tablet still remain part of the screen?
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You probably know that the functions on the tablet are re-configurable. I use a mouse & keyboard these days, but I loved the tablet & keyboard. The pointing device should be a pen, IMHO, as a puck tends to "dive" down when you want to click on a function in the lower part of a tablet. I used a wireless pen once, and found it better then the wired ones, since the thin wire broke easily and the pens (had a few) stopped functioning.

You can switch of every toolbar you don't use, so it's up to you. I don't understand "or does the entire tablet still remain part of the screen" ? The tablet isn't a part of the screen and never was. You use it instead of clicking on toolbar-buttons.
HTH,
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Have you had any experience with the Wacom tablets (graphire or intuos)? I cant get a 12x12 for reasonable money here in australia, so I'm tossing up between a 9x12 or a 12x19. Im assuming that if i got the 12x19 I could assign the active area in autocad to be 12x12, and then use the other 12x7 area for other things, maybe use ot for photoshop work which i do a bit of for my own personal use.

Maybe a bit hard to convey... what i meant was; is the entire tablet (including all the areas with overlay buttons etc) used for drawing, or does the area on the tablet overlay that is blank represent the entire screen? I'd guess that its the latter, unless there is some way of toggling between drawing and using the overlay, which would be cumbersome.
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I only ever used tablets made by Genius (I think that was the company that made them). No experience with Photoshop either.

Yes, the latter. Only the blank area in the middle of the tablet represents the screen, although I remember you could set the tablet up so that you could use the whole tablet to represent the screen and you had to click on the toolbar-buttons on screen. Never used that mode, though ...
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