This is a warning to anyone considering buying a wacom tablet. If you are considering I suggest googling the issues everyone is having because it may make you look elsewhere. Also... this might outline a nightmare that either you're familiar with or something that might become a nightmare if you don't listen to this warning.
Let me outline the problem (all you on Mac's I envy you)DRIVERS!
I swear to god Wacom make drivers like sweatshops make products... poorly made and don't work... last as long as cheap glue sticks left with the lids off. I cannot believe how crap the tech industry is, they all seem to think that incomplete and broken software is acceptable and "we'll fix it later with patches and drivers" are a good enough excuse. It really isn't. Code is code, if it's not 100% not working then you keep at it until it does. I have coded, it's not hard to make sure it works and isn't a sack of crap. Obviously Windows plays a role in things hitting the fan on it's way out of the box so things progressively get worse as patches just make other bits of code become obsolete.
Back to the topic Wacom have no clue what they are doing anymore, I'm not sure what moron they hired to test the shambles of drivers but seriously could they fire the lot of them. They treat their products like it's an assessment for a school project, requesting assistance and teacher approval so they can modify and improve whereas on their case they release it and await people to tell them where they are wrong.
All of their tablets seem to suffer. Forums where Cintiq's are also going nuts because drivers are malfunctioning, corrupting, crashing and refusing to work even fresh out of the box... what is this... what are they playing at. Is there no shame in being the definition of incompetence.
Onto another topic I did slightly poke with the red hot poker of shame I bestowed upon Wacom... I might be switching to mac's for everything but the odd game. Now let me destroy the PC fanboy's "opinions" with facts. I have built PC's, I have coded, I have used various OS's and I know what I am talking about. I used to laugh at Mac's but then I grew up, then I looked at what makes a Mac special and to be honest if I could have a little more choice in customisation on things then I would love to switch. So... why do people complain about Mac's. The first one is always: 1. "They're too expensive for what they are"
Are you going to question reliability and hard work over price. Tell me this when you go into the shop and see products you don't immediately assume that the cheapest option is the worst and the more expensive will be more reliable? If you said no then you must be either content with buying problems or you merely don't save up to get the better alternative. 2. "They have lame specs"
Coming from someone that's probably playing Minecraft on a single core Celeron laptop (Don't get me wrong, I played Minecraft on a dual core celeron but it's an example)
. Unless you have played with power you cannot say how amazing it is. When you pay for expensive equipment the change in performance is... well to say the least as anticlimactic as waiting for a 'Drop' in a song only to find you're listening to Trap.(Sorry Trap listeners but it does sound like substep without a drop )
Also the specs are not that bad. For the specs you get on a PC it's a bit off but then remember you're paying for reliability and professional standards and suddenly to those with standards that price looks rather good. 3. "I can't use my favourite programs?"
This is a more realistic statement and honestly that's the most realistic these complaints tend to be. Unfortunately not everything is supported by Mac's however there are always dedicated Mac only bits of software that will do what you need. 4. "I cannot play my games on it"
This... well is sort of realistic like 3. However I will say that it's not because Mac's are bad, much like consoles exclusives come out because either they are locked to that machine or the devs are lazy buggers and cannot be bothered. So in the sense of incompatibility it's not the Mac, it's the game devs. I also don't really recommend gaming on a mac, it's not really designed for it as making it so would mean the machine would be more prone to becoming clunky and full of bloatware. 5. "If my Mac breaks I need to get a new one, if a PC breaks I just replace the parts"
I'm almost certain you can take the Mac to an Apple store and they can do something, it's not all frankenstein's monster'd together like consoles are these days. Also if you're clumsy enough to break a Mac then I'm sure that your replacement part cost's would far exceed that of an entire new Mac if you had a PC with the same level of incompetence.
I think that covers the majority of the issues.
Might I add that because Mac's do not have Drivers and work out of the box because the OS manages it all flawlessly incompatibility between the hardware and software including hardware to other hardware is unheard of. This is why you're not meant to customise a Mac, not because they don't want you too but because if you do you lose half of what you spent in terms of compatibility and reliability.
I still love my PC's but if windows 9 (or any successor to 8)
comes along and is as crap or not as good as Windows 7 then I will make that switch to Mac's. Windows 7 will be losing full support in 5 years as that's what happens with all the OS's with windows. Meaning if you want stability you either get custom and usually shady 3rd
party drivers or move onto the next OS. 8 is essentially the new flashy colouring book for kids with it's shameless colour palette and low quality "designer" layouts hence why I will be making the switchover if it is as bad as it is said to be...
Windows 9 is rumoured to be cross platform. Meaning that all of the crap Microsoft slipped into the market will be using an operating system that is unified across all devices so anything that is Windows and Microsoft suddenly becomes the same thing. The trouble with this is that makes everything more and more bulky and clunky along with updates potentially screwing over all other devices across the board. Now you all say that this will only happen if they mess up... er... are you blind. The term "If they mess up" is like you're expectations of what should happen suddenly kicked back in to defend something that will not do well. I said it earlier in this day and age nobody makes stuff that works. It's always sub-par so that a profit can be made with minimal effort on their behalf.
If Yahtzee and Jim from the Escapist made comments on stuff like this as well as games it might just sound a bit like what I just wrote. One day I would love to make a site or series just bashing products and companies that make stuff in the attempt to get away with undetected incompetence and a large profit. If I could do that and get a good enough audience I would feel my work as a product designer is complete. I did product design so I had the terminology and know-how to bask everything that I have ever had to fix and modify everyday. Not one day do I not have to pick up my soldering iron, dremel or glue gun to repair, fox or even make something because everything is as useless as the morons that make Wacom drivers.(Oh look we're back here again)
Good day to you all(Except you slacking good for nothing so called "designers and developers" that make things that are as useful as a cheap glue stick that's had the lid off too long... you can sit in the corner, have a long hard think on your work ethics and get your stuff together)