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Old 04-22-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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any way to solve the writing 'gap' of the stylus?

I noticed sometimes there was a gap between the spot I placed my stylus and lines it actually draws. It is especially frequent when writing near the edge of the screen. Why that? Do all wacom device behave like this? Is there any way to work around? Thank you.
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:54 AM   #2
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Why that?
Because the "radio sender" in the pen is not exactly at the tip of it, but a bit above. So depending how you hold the pen, the sender is actually on another spot then the tip of it.

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Afaik, yes. At least I explicitly tested with a HP tabled PC of a friend. It was far worse there than on the iLiad.

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Is there any way to work around?
Calibrate the device in the way, you naturally hold the pen, including edges, if you tilt upward your pen at edges, calibrate it exactly like this there. I know its difficult to hold the pen the same way as when natural writing, 'cause its somehow a special situation.

other than that, when you turn the iLiad or the pen in another way than calibrated, there is a gap. I recognize this most time when underlining. I'm trained to hold my paper and pen differently then, so I can use the natural "woosh" of my hand to make a straight line. There are 2 ways to workaround: either draw a line like normal writing (i hate this), or make the line elsewhere so it appears where you want (i do this now, I learned that striking through the text most times underlines it nicely)

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Old 04-22-2008, 08:35 PM   #3
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thanks for the reply. I'll try recalibrate the pen again.
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:01 AM   #4
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Hi Booklover,

I agree with axell77 that calibrating your pen the way you "normally" write should help, but one more thing that will help even more would be to buy a Wacom Cross Executive Pen - Capless (UPCROSS2)...a little expensive but really worth it...write smoothly without noticeable gap...

Just a thought....

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Old 04-23-2008, 01:15 AM   #5
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The executive pen suggestion is great, thanks.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:23 AM   #6
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The gap is smaller with the pen, or less noticeablt because you hold it more natural, but its still there..

Still if you plan to use the iLiad as notepad I can only advice this pen!
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:25 AM   #7
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The gap is smaller with the pen, or less noticeablt because you hold it more natural, but its still there..

Still if you plan to use the iLiad as notepad I can only advice this pen!
I agree, though it all goes to pot if you turn the iLiad on it's side to draw, as I often need to.

When using the Cross pen, remember to remove the standard stylus from it's slot though, in order to turn the touch screen on.

Also remember that calibration will apply to EITHER the Cross pen OR the standard stylus - if you occasionally use the one you haven't calibrated, it'll probably be even worse than before!

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:17 PM   #8
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I just tried the recalibrating thing. and here's my experiment result: DO NOT recalibrate your pen in your natural way of holding it but keep the pen upright during the calibrating. The reason is I often read books in landscape and I found every time I change to landscape mode I had to recalibrate the pen in the landscape-ly "natural way". So i decide that the upright position is the best, it works in either mode, as long as you keep your pen upright! and that's something I can control.
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:39 AM   #9
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Yes, I'm recalibrating everytime I turn around the iLiad

(This could be fixed in software however!)
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:59 PM   #10
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jep - they should really add a second calibration for landscape mode
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:05 PM   #11
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The "gap" is a "feature" of the cheap Wacom digitizers - i.e. the ones that get built into Tablet PC's (and iLiad). It isn't caused by software, it isn't caused by (mis)calibration, it isn't caused by the angle of the pen or any such thing. It's caused by intereference / layout errors in the digitizer grid itself.

It's present in some cheap Wacom tablets too (Graphire/Volito/Bamboo), although it's usually less noticable. It's always near the edge of the screen/tablet, which makes it quite a nuisance when you try dragging a scroll bar (and end up resizing the window ).
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