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MacBook Tablet

November 29th, 2007


The Axiotron ModBook is a MacBook converted into a Tablet. I’ve been looking into the Vista tablets and have my sites set on a Lenovo Thinkpad X61. Now Mac users have a tablet option as well. Rumors about Mac Tablets have been floating around for years; this one is real. On a Mac your getting the same functionality as you would with a Wacom tablet, including 512 levels of pressure. There arn’t a lot of specialized applications built for a Mac tablet, but OS X has plenty built in. Inkwell, or simply Ink, is the name of the handwriting recognition technology built into OS X. It’s based on the 1990s Apple Newton MessagePad. Apple has had handwriting technology around since 1993. It’s amazing that this is the first Mac tablet
The ModBook also has an Optional GPS module which uses standard protocols, so it will work with a variety of GPS programs.
If you want to run Windows on a ModBook, you can use bootcamp.
There is a lot to like about this first Mac tablet and I’m sure you can expect tablets from Apple very soon.

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  1. Michael Voigt
    December 2nd, 2007 at 16:55 | #1

    Great post.

    The most important thing to consider is the type of tablet this is, this is a Wacom branded tablet with pen tilt, artist stylus and most importantly 1024 levels of sensitivity.

    Every MS tablet that I have seen only offer 200 levels of sensitivity and no pen tilt, this includes the IBM on mentioned.

    If you are a media/art person this is critical for you, if you just do outlook and excel this will not be a issue. The MacBook is designed for graphic professionals and they will appreciate the attention to this detail and a bit more on the price tag.

    Please elaborate on what tablet based software is available for IBM/MS that is not on OS X?

  2. Michael Stewart
    December 2nd, 2007 at 22:24 | #2

    It does look like the Modbook is the only tablet with 512 levels of pressure on the pen. I don’t intend to do retouching on a tablet, so 256 levels will suffice.
    There are hundreds of specialized applications for a tablet PC. Here are just a few of the mainstream apps: Microsoft Onenote
    FranklinCovey TabletPlanner 3
    MindManager X5
    Alias SketchBook Pro
    PowerToys for Windows Tablet PC Edition

  3. Michael Voigt
    December 3rd, 2007 at 18:27 | #3

    My main point is that this ModBook is wonderful for artists and focuses on their core needs. Today I verified with my concept artists that the modBook looks super cool and they would be interested and they were very excited that the Wacom tablet technology was used with the artist in mind.

    Please if you are a biz person get the cheaper IBM tablet, install Office and go nutz. Spreadsheets baby 😉

    Autodesk SketchBook Pro is a great example of artist based software that is wonderful, and a Mac version is available and always has been…

    FranklinCovey TabletPlanner 3,: Note taking is built into the Mac software. You can write into any application and write anywhere on the screen. I’m not sure what this application adds? I would rather just write into my applications instead of having a program between my apps and my pen?

    Onenote: No Mac version — Use Jarnal, Curio as an alternative

    MindManager X5 –Quote – ‘The latest build offers Tablet PC support and (in the Professional edition).’ This is an application that is designed foremost to work with a keyboard and just offers tablet support.

    Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP Tablet PC E — these are neat little toys, super cool … not sure how they would relate to professional products?

  4. Susi
    January 11th, 2008 at 07:38 | #4

    I am dying to get my hands on one of this, but thinking perhaps I should wait to see if there are any bugs and if the price will come down…remembering the MKIII , I jumped too quick on that one 🙂

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