Pen Geek : Inkling 9th Jan 2012
August 2011 and we gaze in wonder at a video of Wacom's newest invention:
Transfixed, we drool over the magic pen which turns inky hand drawings into digital vector files.
Analogue to digital in but the click of a button?
Twitter goes nuts.
My anti-vector politics waver.
Could this Wacom really turn me from analogue to digital?
The Dark Side has never seemed so alluring.
I give-in to curisoity and order in the pre-release.
Then I wait.
30th September : Finally, the official launch date arrives!
Excitement and anticipation at the possible dawn of my migration from analogue to digital.
No Inkling arrives, so I wait.
I check my email hourly for word of its dispatch from Germany.
So I wait some more...
An email from Wacom! Hallelujah!
The email reveals that the dispatch of my Inkling... "has been delayed".
Not the most enlightening of news bulletins.
No word from Wacom when the new dispatch date might be
(or even why the delay in the first place).
I head to Twitter.
"Anyone else waiting for an Inkling?" I tweet.
"Yes!" comes the world's reply.
So we wait.
21st October : a little brown parcel arrives at my door.
What could it be? (All hope of the promised pen had long since evaporated).
To my surprise, nestled in the neatly presented box is my much anticipated Inkling!
Not since the release of Johnny Cupcakes' 2nd batch of Hello Kitty t-shirts have I been so excited!
USB connected, software installed and somewhat nasty ballpoint nib inserted.
(Seriously Wacom, I've seen BIC's with nicer nibs!)
It's finally time.
I grab a sheet of paper and begin to draw.
If this were a proper Pen Geek blog I'd tell you more about the actual pen and its handle - but safe to say it's akin to drawing with one of those cheap n nasty biros that the bank -somewhat ironically- have chained to the counters ("Trust us with your money, but we don't trust you with our horrible pen").
Test doodle complete, I tap the magic button and begin the transfer from paper to digital.
Or so I thought.
Parts of the drawing are missing.
Lines and points aren't registering.
Trawl online help, forums and Twitter for possible fix.
Question my ability to work with technology.
Curse myself for not paying more attention in Standard Grade Computing (as obviously this would have helped).
Ring Wacom UK Customer Service.
Mysteriously, get transferred to Wacom France Customer Service.
Commence tricky Scottish v French / Analogue v Digital customer service call.
Wacom France assures me there's a simple common fault with some of the Inklings, not to worry, send it back and they'll send a replacement within 2 weeks.
Merci et au revoir.
9th November: Wacom is collected.
Wait a bit more.
29th December : I suddenly remember my missing wonder pen and email Wacom
"Where's my Inkling?!?" I ask.
"We've sent you a refund" they reply.
"Would you like to re-order?" they ask.
"No thanks" I reply.
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