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Absolute Positioning

Traditional input devices like a standard PC mouse offer only relative positioning: When the mouse reaches the edge of the mouse pad, the on-screen cursor needn′t be at the edge of your monitor screen as well. But Wacom tablets operate with absolute positioning: The entire active area of your tablet represents the entire monitor screen – place the pen in the lower left-hand corner of your tablet and the on-screen pointer will move to the lower left-hand corner of your monitor. Wacom tablets, however, offers relative positioning as well. Also, because of a very low frequency electromagnetic field under the active area of the tablet the pen doesn′t need to be dragged like a mouse but hovers over the tablet surface. This means, the moment you touch the active area with your pen tip you′re already performing a left mouse click.

Active area

The navigation and drawing area of the tablet/display where touch or your Cintiq or Intuos Pro tools are detected.

Application-specific settings

Cintiq/Intuos Pro tool and tablet settings that have been customized for individual applications. These can be customized by the user in the Wacom Tablet/Display control panel, or set automatically when applications with preset defaults are in use. Application-specific settings are in effect whenever you use the application.


The ratio between the vertical and horizontal dimension of the active area on the Cintiq.

Biometric Signature Verification

All of us have our own style of handwriting and biometric signature verification software can be used to accurately identify the user. This makes it possible to control access; for example; or check the validity of electronic documents and transactions. By using the pressure-sensitive Wacom tablet and the appropriate software; both an exact (static) image of the signature as well as the signature's biometric (dynamic) characteristics can be captured while writing. The writing speed; acceleration and pressure are all analysed as the user writes.


Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building personal area networks (PANs).

Click force

The amount of force you must apply to the pen tip for a click to occur.


All Wacom input devices are battery-free and without cables. Actually the tablet itself supplies the input device with the necessary power by electromagnetic induction in order to operate.

Digital Ink

A broad category that typically describes handwritten content which has been created using pen-based input on a computer. This handwritten content takes the form of sketches, ink mark-up, or handwriting. The handwriting can optionally be converted to typewritten text or simply left alone for use in its original format. Depending on your system and applications settings, the handwritten text you make with digital ink can be converted on-the-fly or at another time.

Display Toggle

Display Toggle is available when working on multiple monitor systems. This feature allows you to work with your tablet on all displays or on one display at a time. In the Wacom Tablet control panel, the DISPLAY TOGGLE tab is automatically ava ilable when the Intuos pro tablet is installed on a multi-monitor system. This tab lets you set which monitor(s) will be included in the toggle sequence. After setting an ExpressKey or pen side switch to DISPLAY TOGGLE, you can use that button to sequentially toggle the current tablet mapping between a base mapping (the current setting from the MAPPING tab) and other monitors. For example:

working with the display toggle and multi displays with a wacom tablet

Double-click assist

This option in the control panel makes it easier to double-click with the pen tip. When selected; you can customise the double-click speed and distance.

Double-click distance

The maximum distance (in screen pixels) that the screen cursor can move between clicks and still be accepted as a double-click. Increasing the double-click distance makes double-clicking easier, but may cause a delay in brush strokes in some graphics applications

Double-click speed

The maximum time that can pass between clicks and still be accepted as a double-click

DVI Video Port

DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface; a digital video connection that provides a high-speed digital connection between a computer and its display device like the PL-display range for optimal data transmission at highest possible output quality.

Electronic Handwriting Recognition

Using the appropriate software; electronic handwriting recognition automatically converts your handwritten text into printable characters and words and transfers them into the currently opened application. A pressure-sensitive graphics tablet serves as the input device. Tablet PCs also come with a digital pen; which means users can enter text in their own handwriting.


In supported applications the pen eraser works like the eraser on a pencil.

Eraser-aware application

A software application that has built-in support for the pen eraser. These applications take advantage of the eraser in different ways, depending on what makes sense for the application


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch the tablet with two fingers spaced closely together. Then while still touching the tablet surface, move your fingers apart.

ExpressKeys Left

A tablet setting where the Touch Ring and ExpressKeys are oriented to the left of the tablet.

ExpressKeys Right

A tablet setting where the Touch Ring and ExpressKeys are oriented to the right of the tablet.


The customizable control keys located on the Cintiq, Intuos Pro or Intuos.


This is the control wheel on the barrel of the Intuos Airbrush. As opposed to a real airbrush valve the finger wheel doesn?t return to zero on release but remains at the last position thus ensuring that the release of digital ink is kept constant.

Full HD

Defines a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, implying a resolution of 1920x1080 (2.1 megapixel).

Gesture Recognition

In the fields of pen computing and handwriting recognition; the term "gesture" is used to describe some of the user?s entries. Particular commands can be activated by a simple movement of the pen; which makes it very easy to perform tasks such as navigating on the desktop; scrolling; deleting; operating browser features or using Copy and Paste.


A Microsoft Windows application that electronically simulates a physical journal pad, but with the advantages of digital note taking. For example, you can create quick sketches and jot handwritten notes that can be converted to text and sent on to colleagues for digital mark-up. Journal includes a variety of pen, marker, and highlighter tools, plus an eraser that is easily activated by the eraser end of your Wacom pen. Additionally, your handwritten content is searchable within Journal


Light-Emitting Diode. Used as pen display indicator light(s).

Lens Cursor

The Lens Cursor is an input device with programmable buttons and a cross hair lens for entering precise coordinate position information.


The mapping defines the aspect ratio between the vertical and horizontal dimension of the tablet or display. The Mapping tab in the Wacom driver defines how the tablet area is mapped to the display area. This setting determines if the aspect of the tablet and display are the same. It also determines if a 1:1 scale will be maintained between the tablet and display.

Mapping your wacom tablet to your display


Modifier keys include SHIFT, ALT, and CTRL for Windows, or SHIFT, CONTROL, COMMAND, and OPTION for Mac. You can customize your Intuos Pro tool buttons or ExpressKeys to simulate a modifier key

Mouse acceleration

A setting that allows you to adjust the screen cursor acceleration when using mousemode

Mouse mode

A method for positioning the screen cursor. When you place a Cintiq tool on the tablet, you can move the screen cursor with a “pick up and slide” motion similar to using a traditional mouse. This is known as relative positioning.

Mouse speed

A setting that allows you to adjust the speed at which your screen cursor moves when using mouse mode


Many Wacom product provide interactive multi-touch functions, which enable you to interact with your Cintiq/Intuos using only your fingertips on the pen display screen surface. You can use touch on the pen display/tablet as you would on any other Windows or Android device. When using touch, you can generally position your fingers as far apart as is comfortable. However, placing your fingers too close together may be interpreted by the pen display as input from a single finger, or it may confuse which finger initiated or performed an action or gesture. Your fingers must remain within the active area of the screen surface. You can simultaneously work with the pen and touch in supporting applications. The pen has priority over touch whenever the pen tip is within proximity of the pen display screen. Lift the pen and your hand away from the display screen surface to enable touch

working with multi touch on your wacom cintiq or intuos

Multiple monitors

If your computer is equipped with more than one monitor, Intuos pro will map to the monitors based on how they are configured in the display properties control panel.
- If more than one monitor is in use and you are in extended monitor mode, the tablet maps to all monitors as if they were one large display.
Working with multiple monitors and your Wacom tablet
- If your monitors are in mirror mode (both monitors display the same content), the tablet maps to the entire space on each monitor and the screen cursor is displayed on each monitor simultaneously. See your hardware and operating system documentation for details on configuring your computer and operating system for use with multiple monitors.
- You can customize the tablet to map to a single monitor or to a portion of the monitor area. See mapping
- When your system is configured with multiple monitors, you can assign the DISPLAY TOGGLE function to an ExpressKey. This enables you to toggle the current tablet mapping and screen cursor between the primary display and your other monitors.


The replaceable tip of the Wacom pens or Airbrush.

On-screen controls

On-screen button and slider controls allow you to access frequently used functions in your applications, directly from your screen. The settings available with the on-screen controls are similar to ExpressKey and Rocker Ring settings. The two types of on-screen controls are: • Screen Key: A single-function key that can be customized with individual settings. Screen Keys are displayed in a group of eight keys called a Screen Key panel. • Screen Touch Strip: A single strip that performs a touch action with a relative value, such as Zoom. Screen Touch Strips are created in a group of two strips called a Screen Touch Strip panel. Screen Keys and Screen Touch Strips can be displayed horizontally or vertically on the screen. You can customize Screen Key panels or Screen Touch Strip panels with your preferred functions for use with a particular task or application.


A method of creating a virtual cable link between two devices.


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch the tablet surface with your fingers and move them in the same direction


The angular distortion of an object’s position when viewed through glass or other medium. You must calibrate the Cintiq to compensate for this effect, and to align the screen cursor with the position of the pen on the screen.


Pen input

A method of controlling a computer using the pen tool on your Wacom tablet.

Pen mode

A pen input method of positioning the screen cursor. Wherever you place your pen tool on the tablet, the screen cursor will jump to the corresponding point on the screen. This is known as absolute positioning, and is the default setting for Intuos Pro Pen tools. Pen mode allows you to quickly position the screen cursor without having to first find it and then move it across the desktop.

Holding the Wacom pen

Pen technology

Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free pen technology gives you a high-quality and reliable product; which requires minimal maintenance. This technology guarantees exceptional product quality from the world market leader of pen based input solutions.


Watch for the Penabled logo to ensure you're getting the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free pen technology.


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch the tablet with two fingers spaced slightly apart. Then while still touching the tablet surface, move or ‘pinch’ your fingers together


The smallest unit of measure on your monitor screen

Pressure sensitivity

A quality of the Wacom pen tip and eraser that senses the amount of pressure being applied. This is used to create natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that are pressure sensitive

Pressure-sensitive application

Any application that supports pressure-sensitive input


The height above the tablet/display active area where pen detection occurs.


The Quick Point Mode divides the tablet into two independent areas: a large area for drawing and a small area for quick navigation. This feature is especially useful for large tablet sizes since even simple navigation usually results in full arm motion. With the smaller QuickPoint area you can navigate with a single sweep of your wrist.


A hierarchical menu (in radial format). Each level of the menu consists of eight menu slices which may contain various features and options to choose from. You can customize the buttons of your pen or tablet to display this menu

Rocker Ring

The customizable control Element located on the Cintiq, Intuos Pro. The four positions of the Rocker Ring (left, right, top and bottom) can be set and used just like ExpressKeys.


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch the tablet with two fingers spaced slightly apart and move (rotate) them in a circular fashion, or move them in opposing directions. Alternatively, hold one finger stationary and track your other finger around the stationary finger


The pointer on the display screen. Screen cursors come in different shapes (such as an I-beam, arrow, or box), depending on which application you are running.


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch the tablet surface with three, four, or five fingers and move them in the same direction

Tablet PC Input Panel

The Microsoft Windows Tablet PC Input Panel enables you to use your Wacom pen to create handwritten notes or work with an on-screen keyboard. The Input Panel dynamically converts your handwriting to text. Information you create can then be inserted into other documents, spreadsheets, or illustrations


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch and lift a single finger (or multiple fingers, depending on the gesture) from the tablet

Tilt sensitive

A quality of the pen tip and eraser that senses the amount of tilt between the tool and tablet. This is used to create natural-looking pen, brush, and eraser strokes in applications that are tilt sensitive

Touch Ring

The customizable control ring located on your Intuos Pro tablet.

Touch sensor

The navigation area of your Cintiq (with touch)/Intuos Pro tablet where touch is detected. The touch sensor resides within the active area, and does not accept pen input


A motion used when Navigating with touch. Touch and move a single finger across the tablet surface.


Universal Serial Bus. A hardware interface standard for connecting computer peripheral devices. USB ports support hot-plugging, which allows you to disconnect a USB device without turning off your computer.


An interface standard used by Windows applications for receiving tablet information. Wacom tablets support all Wintab-compatible applications under Windows


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