Coming up soon, fellas, a review of both these products.
What do they do, what software and hardware is compatible with them and what kind of results are possible?
In other words, which is king or are they both simple subjects?
Looking at them operating side by side, comparing my findings to previous reviewers, I hope to lift the lid on these two curious and some would say artful pieces:
ABOVE: Baz's 'bandwidth' is getting rather crowded at the mo, but there's just enough space to squeeze in a hardware review of these two nostalgic items of 1980s graphic tablet design. Who will win - the TT or the Koala? Tune in and find out soon.
Meanwhile, if any of our members have any experience of using these peripherals - or know someone who used them to create any notable pieces of Atari art, do not hesitate to give us a SHOUT, you artful dodgers.
PS. Thanks go to Brenski who I am sure has provided both these pieces of hardware in the recent past. I wouldn't have half the junk, I mean half the lovely retro goodies stored in my man cave, if it weren't for this fella and our lass speaks highly of him every day, especially when she trips up over another box that has landed from the Redditch warehouse despatch region.
KEEP IT REAL - KEEP IT RETRO - KEEP 'ER INDOORS ON 'ER TOES!
I owned the Koalapad long before I had the Atari touch tablet. I have my preference, which is why I now own 2-3 touch tablets and no Koalapad, but I never did a comparison side-by-side. I'm looking forward to your reviews!
I've been meaning to do this thread properly for over a ruddy year now, and I can only say that my artful, creative side hasn't been up to much due to a few other issues clouding my crowded desktop (ie. personal chronic memory crashes - eg. I forgot - and the general pressures of life), but this article will now proceed!
To whet your lips, here's Alan Alda, back in the day, introducing us to the Atari Touch Tablet and giving us a glorious preview of just what it can do:
I've got the Atari Touch Tablet but never used it, will need to take it out and give it a shot soon. When I bought it off EBay many years ago it came from an address in Fleet Street. I wonder if it was ever used for newspaper design lol
There is actually some application software that uses the Atari Touch tablet to allow you to move the cursor around and select pop-up menus or whatever.So it can be used for other things than graphic art programs. Virtuoso art/music/animation/movie program uses it too. Atarimania has a list of most of the programs that are compatible with Atari and Koala touch tablets in their FAQ. And of course if you are into graphic desktops like Diamond or ATOS or BOSS they work with touch tablets, mouse, track-ball. I am quickly growing to prefer using a touch tablet to a mouse, where I can with my Atari. But let's see what BAZ has to say about them.