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March 14th, 2014

Microsoft Office for iOS was a rumor for much longer than it’s been a “fact,” but as with all things Microsoft, if Mary Jo Foley says it’s happening, it is. Fact is, Apple could never break into the enterprise world with its Macintosh computers, but has been making serious headway with the iPad as many other large firms have been outfitting employees with tablets.

Meanwhile, with uncharacteristic subtlety, Apple has gradually injected itself into the enterprise, and Microsoft (like other software developers) wouldn’t mind having its flagship product on all those new iPads heading for big companies. Of course, both Apple and Microsoft also win when companies like CRE Rentals add to their iPad rental inventories.

Sneak Peek at Office for iOS

It appears that you’ll need to purchase an annual subscription to Microsoft Office 365 to access Office for iOS when it debuts. (Fortune 500s will get better deals, of course.) Start by either opening an existing document or making a new one (the latter only in Word or Excel, not PowerPoint). There are some usable templates to get you going, but unfortunately this is where the going gets tough. Building a completely new document from scratch is a grueling process, as there are strange limitations throughout. Let’s take a quick look:

Word: This is not the beloved Office for Mac word processor you find when you rent iMac computers. On Office for iOS, Word’s default bullet list limits you to two lines; you cannot add new pictures, replace fonts, or apply new formatting to paragraphs; and the app uses non-standard taps and gestures. Essentially, you can use this version of Word to perform some light editing on documents you made in another, full-featured version of Word.

PowerPoint: Unlike Word and Excel, you cannot create new presentations, only edit the text on template slides. The insurmountable problem, of course, is that you can’t adjust text boxes, fonts, or font attributes. Use more than the provided space and confusion reigns. Again, it may suffice for minor edits but it is by no means an enterprise-level tool.

Excel: The venerable spreadsheet makes out best in this emasculated package. All the functionality missing from Word and PowerPoint are present in Excel. You can make a variety of original charts, shade text cells, auto-adjust number displays, and use standard Excel formulas. There’s a reason that Office is on almost every PC and Mac computer rental in the known world: Excel is the best spreadsheet ever, hands down. It even shines here.

Bottom Line

Unfortunately, as presently constituted, Office for iOS shines in very few other ways. The collaboration features are strong, allowing individual comments on cells, paragraphs, slides, even specific words. Not only can you grab files from OneDrive, but you can also access all of your different SharePoints. If you are heavy into collaborative working, the sharing/commenting features could be useful. Still, it would make sense to consider Google Docs before investing in this low-rent Office.

Is this Apple’s move into the Enterprise world? Only time will tell but in the meantime, CRE Rentals has been renting iPads, Mac equipment and the latest technology to companies large and small. With over 30 years of experience and now 21 locations nationwide, we can get you the rental equipment you need, where you need. Get a quote now or give us a call at 877.266-7725.

February 20th, 2014

According to major tech watchers, Microsoft is  “mere weeks” from releasing the recently leaked Windows 8.1, Update 1. Preliminary builds of the software have found their way to the Internet. Although we can’t assume every feature now present in Update 1 will make it to the release version, there are enough changes, improvements, “do-over’s” to make for a fairly comprehensive (p)review. Since Windows users far outnumber any other kind, important changes to the OS are essential news.

Is Metro moniker a goner?

Much despair greeted Windows 8 when it “went cubist,” dumping the Start button and Desktop for its Modern interface. Update 1 will apparently detect the type of device it is running on, then boot to the Desktop for regular PCs like our computer rental, or the Modern-tiled interface for tablets, touch-enabled PCs and laptops. Or not. You can boot wherever you like by changing your PC Settings.

Microsoft’s SkyDrive is now OneDrive, and installs with the OS. In another move to educate users to address important issues up front, there is now a PC Settings tile on the Modern Start screen. Scrolling down from the Start screen to find PC Settings with all the other apps is not the way to encourage its use or get important things done quickly. Were you to use this coming OS with our LCD touchscreen monitor rental you would get a Start screen with easy-to-spot buttons for Search and Power Options (Shut Down, Restart, etc.). These are small but smart improvements.

Putting Windows back in Windows

Right-clicking on the Start and Apps screens now gets you what the rest of the world’s computer users get: a contextual menu. Bring your mouse to the top of the screen in a Modern app and a black bar with Close and/or Minimize buttons pops up (and appears momentarily at app startup). The Store icon is pinned to the Task Bar by default, and you can add other Modern apps that will run full-screen as usual. The Task Bar can now be displayed within Modern apps, too. Users asked, Microsoft answered.

Not sure which Windows software to use? CRE Rentals can help! We  support a variety of industries, and work with all kinds of media pros, designers, post experts, and animators who know their way around render farms and the other high-tech gear behind every cartoon, cable series, and movie. Call us today at 877-266-7725.

January 23rd, 2014

Because iOS and OS X are small(er) markets for Microsoft, the firm does not hurry to get products fully ported to Apple’s devices. Lately the Redmond-based behemoth hinted, again, that it may tailor its productivity programs for iOS, create an Office version for our iPad rental, or do something else really nice for Apple folks.

Of course, there were none of the usual code words to indicate that any of these Office offerings would be “complete” ones rather than “lite” versions or dumbed-down web services. Because Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are so widespread (used worldwide by over 350,000,000 people), having access to them—preferably all the time, everywhere, on any device—is important. So free online Word, Excel, and PowerPoint? It’s a big deal.

CloudOnOne big deal deserves another

Therefore, CloudOn is a big deal, too. Although most longtime users have figured out Office workarounds, nothing but nothing can match the original. You get every installed feature without installing anything, perfect for when you have a computer rental or borrowed smartphone. CloudOn is available as an iOS and Android app, but also has a website, so you’ll be creating, editing, sharing, and presenting Office documents wherever you are.

The user interface is clean and uncluttered, as well as intuitive. Three icons at the top of the screen control the app’s main uses. The “Views” section, left, lets you choose workflow, icons, or lists to organize your work. The “Status” icon, center, opens your profile to edit it and/or change your password. The “Applications” section, right, gives you three ways to start a new file.

Cloud power

All changes are saved automatically to the cloud service where the file is stored so you will never lose your changes. Files can then be accessed, even downloaded, from any device—your desktop PC, a MacBook Pro rental—and from anywhere you can get online. Start a PowerPoint project in CloudOn on your iPhone then grab it from Dropbox when you get home, on your Windows PC.

Other popular cloud services are compatible with CloudOn, so when you set up your account you can connect to Google Drive, SkyDrive, and/or Box, too. Seeing all your files from all your accounts in a single location is very convenient. So is viewing any graphics file (PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG). This is Windows Office (without Windows) so Apple’s Pages, Keynote, and Numbers files are incompatible.

That nice, licensed look

Choose an appropriate Word doc, though, and it will open in a window that looks “right.” It has all the familiar settings, controls, paragraph alignments, and font adjustments, plus the same great menus and the entire range of editing options. The Excel and PowerPoint programs let you do pretty much everything that the full applications can, too, in working environments that mirror the programs. Whether you rent laptops for your road trips or take along your trusty tablet, you will now be creating, saving, sharing, and editing Office documents from anywhere, at any time, on just about any device. For free.

Even though you can’t rent a computer or laptop for free, CRE Rentals does offer competitive rates on the latest technology equipment in 21 locations nationwide. If you know what you need, just submit a Quick Quote online; otherwise call us at 877-266-7725 to speak to one of our experienced Account Executives.

May 30th, 2013

So much serious stuff going on! Microsoft yo-yo’ing up and down, Apple execs in a strange mood, more than the usual political nonsense, and unseasonably warm weather on the West Coast. We need something… cool! And one of the coolest things we do on the CRE blog is talk about cool gadgets. Without further ado, away we go!

Bluetooth grows up

Bluewave BluetoothThe Bluewave Bluetooth Audio Receiver works with any Bluetooth device and your 30-pin, Apple-ready speaker dock to “jailbreak your speakers.” The small device plugs into Apple-spec 30-pin docks that are found on new and used speakers, audio gear, and our original iPad rental. Because of the Bluewave, any phone or device with Bluetooth can send music to a formerly Apple-only speaker unit.

The Bluewave has a great trick up its sleeve, too. You don’t even need to mess with any switches and buttons if you set it up to start streaming when you come into range (<30 feet). And you can use it with smartphones, tablet PC rentals, iPads, and anything at all that has Bluetooth, whose latest stereo versions are much more useful and tune-worthy than the original monaural ones. Keep an eye out: Bluetooth is going to be showing up everywhere.

Clickin’ and growin’

Click & Grow has provided another truly great, green moment in technology: its hands-off electronic “smartpot” grows plants without human involvement (except set-up). You need no knowledge whatsoever about gardening, as every step is managed by “smart” technology based on the same microprocessor technology as in your iMac. Click & Grow’s software contains all the necessary information to deliver the right amount of air, water, and fertilizer at the right times, all according to a particular plant’s requirements.

The Click & Grow system has two vital components:

  1. The flowerpot includes batteries, sensors, circuits, a pump, and water storage. It does not have the seeds or a plant, nutrients, or the plant-management software.
  2. The plant cartridge contains the seeds, nutrients, and custom software for growing the particular plant in that cartridge.

Click & Grow brings technology and plants together

To some this product represents the natural extension of technology into nature, while others call it wholly unnatural. Admittedly, office equipment rentals would be out of place in the forest, but Click & Grow’s technology works the other way ’round, bringing the green inside where it’s needed. With no worrying about over-watering, no guessing about nutrients, and no doubt that your plants are getting just what they need, Click & Grow and its smart technology just might make more homes and offices a healthy green… literally.

Dessert for everyone!

The Raspberry Pi may be the size of a credit card, but it’s a capable “nanocomputer” that can produce spreadsheets, do word processing, and play games. It plugs into analog or digital TVs, as well as keyboards and other peripherals, via RCA video and HDMI out, audio line out, and USB. The 700MHz CPU, capable GPU, and HDMI mean you can play full HD, high-definition, 1080p video. The computer comes without an enclosure, and unlike any computer rental at CRE, the Raspberry Pi boots from a SecureDigital (SD) card, which Raspberry Pi, nanocomputeroffers storage memory, too (everything over 2GB, up to a 32GB card). USB devices can also store files, but the Raspberry Pi must boot from SD, which can be purchased pre-loaded with one of the three supported Linux distros, plus other software.

Of course this is not for your home or office, unless you’re a hobbyist or programmer. The Raspberry Pi Foundation wants “to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming,” similar to the goals of the “One Laptop per Child” project that puts self-powered, WiFi-capable PCs in the hands of girls in Afghanistan, for one very good thing. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, which has an incredible volunteer support community, has plans to ship one unit, free, to a Third World end-user for each one purchased. The two models are $25 and $35, with Ethernet and a second USB port on the pricier one.

One call or e-mail connects you with an expert Account Executive, who works with you to develop unique, effective solutions for all of your business-critical challenges. If you know what you need, of course, simply visit the Quick Rental Quote page and take care of business right now—24/7/365!

April 23rd, 2013

Staying abreast of all the progress in science and technology is difficult. Even deciding what to write about in a twice-weekly blog is tough, so we continue to focus on being practical, keeping you updated, and alerting you to new, exciting breakthroughs and important trends. In just one of many accelerating trends, the venerable Microsoft PowerPoint is getting serious competition from low- and no-cost upstarts leveraging open-source software and cloud services. This trend is looking more and more like a tidal wave now, but today’s overview of this new (rather, new and improved) breed of presentation programs will point you to a safe harbor. As always, ratings are subjective and “your mileage may vary” (YMMV).

1. Zoho Show – Part of the free Zoho office suite that includes a spreadsheet and word processor, Zoho Show has surprisingly robust features and is as solid as a rock. Like the other apps in the list, you can use it on any web-enabled device from a MacBook to an Android tablet (although phone-size screens may be problematic). Unlike most of the others, however, Zoho Show makes as strong a case as can be made for replacing your firm’s current presentation application.

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2. Live Presentations – Describing itself as being “like Powerpoint, only better,” Live Presentations is web-enabled in both of its modes, browser and desktop, and promises professional presentations “with half the effort.” Share presentations with anyone on any system or device, control “who does what” to them, run remote shows, and manage multiple simultaneous editors, all from your computer, an iPad rental, or any other net-connected device. You can import PowerPoint files, import/export such other formats as Open Office Impress, and use Google Translate, Twitter, and Flickr to augment your presentations. The Live Documents suite is available in a range of versions, with the basic plan being completely free.

3. Prezi – With just the right sound for snazzy presentation software, Prezi is right up there with the others in creating “a more cinematic and engaging experience [to] lead your audience down a path of discovery.” They mean this literally, since Prezi is 3D, and incredibly gorgeous on the Retina display of our MacBook Pro rental. Prezi is non-linear (not a sequence of slides) and one of its major features, “zooming,” means that (1) you can work on your desktop, in the cloud, or with “the mobility of the iPad or iPhone,” and (2) you can “zoom around” the prezi as if it were a Star Trek holodeck. (Yep, a ‘prezi’ is what you make with Prezi.) It has a decent free plan and two other tiers of service with annual fees.

ThinkFree Web Presentations4. ThinkFree Presentations – The ThinkFree online office suite presentation program is called, of all things, Presentations. As with all of the suite’s apps, you can use the “quick edit” mode to make minor revisions, and reserve the “power edit” mode for major undertakings like the initial design, typesetting, and creating various special effects, even in its mobile version. Remember, this is the online version of ThinkFree, not the ThinkFree Office suite that you install on your iMac or VAIO (which is notorious for installing browser bars, bloatware, and baloney all over your system). By keeping their hands off your hardware, ThinkFree has vaulted from a well-deserved oblivion into the Top Five.

5. Google Docs Presentations – Some call Google Presentations “one of the best free PowerPoint alternatives” while others say it’s “the weak point in the Google Docs series of office 2.0 applications.” Still, when it came to replacing Microsoft programs, Google was fast out of the gate—since we all know they want to take over the world and make sure all the companies that rent laptops have to get Chromebooks! Failing that, they are apparently willing to give away a program that mimics PowerPoint’s interface quite well, but has been refined for ease of use. The software has the “built by geeks” look that is part of the Google brand. Many use Google Docs Presentations to begin a project quickly, then switch to a more powerful alternative to “pump it up.”

When you need to “pump it up” and push that project out the door with the help of some high-tech gear, or find just the right trade show convention rentals to make your next conference a real winner, CRE is ready to help. Call us at (877) 266-7725, send a message, or use our Quick Rental Quote form if you already know what you need.

April 24th, 2012

There is always a sense of both excitement and dread when Adobe announces the development of a new product. It’s exciting because Adobe has great products that have helped the firm corner the market for high-end photo-and-image software (Photoshop) and dominate the publishing world (InDesign). These are two superb programs, running on everything from plain vanilla PCs to the beefiest customized Mac Pro rental around.

Of course, the other members of Adobe’s Creative Suite, soon to be at version CS6, are also heavyweights in their respective categories – Illustrator for design, Acrobat for PDFs and Dreamweaver for websites. But Adobe has also put dread in the hearts of its customers by showing signs of “Microsoft Frontpage-itis,” a condition characterized by a dumbing down of software. Adobe Muse

With the introduction of Muse, yet another website program, comments in the blogosphere are gaining in number as well as negativity.

Who’s the target?

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Muse is aimed at Microsoft Frontpage level users, people who (1) don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a top-of-the-line program like Adobe’s own Dreamweaver, and/or (2) will never, ever learn HTML. Muse will compete with Apple’s iWeb, MS Frontpage and a slew of other paint-by-the-numbers website makers from Intuit, Coffee Cup Software and Xara. Adobe will differentiate the product by offering more control, precision placement and power user options. Differentiation and branding in its own product line will be a bit tougher.

Available until release (late 2012?) as a free beta download, Muse is aimed at non-coding web designers who want to work in a powerful WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment. “Earth to Adobe, Earth to Adobe: You already have that capability in Dreamweaver!” In Adobe’s existing web program, Dreamweaver CS5, you can split the screen to show both the code and the design preview, or work in one or the other. Like some of the self-contained online site builders, Dreamweaver is an advanced program, but beginners can get decent results with practice.

Rare Adobe misfire?

In fact, if Dreamweaver were just a bit more user-friendly, it could arguably command more market share. What is the compelling case for Muse? Inquiring minds want to know – but will have to wait, perhaps until Muse is headed toward version 2.0. As presently constituted, it is not quite entry-level and certainly not advanced. It’s as if a post-production pro were using floppies (but nice, new multicolored ones) instead of an Xserve RAID for mass storage: Sure, you can do it, but why would you?

We could ask you the same question when it’s time to rent laptops or get state-of-the-art trade show convention rentals. Why would you go anywhere else but CRE? One simple call puts an experienced, expert Account Executive on the job for you. And your visit to the Quick Rental Quote page can get you set up in mere minutes. We’re here, ready to help!

April 21st, 2011

Adobe Flash vs. HTML 5

The argument about Adobe’s Flash – “it’s great, we all need it” vs. “it slows everything down, go for HTML5” – has been getting some extra mileage since the release of the Flash-less iOS that runs Apple “iDevices” like  iPad rentals from CRE Rentals. There are opinions across the entire spectrum, from “Flash’s time is short” to “HTML5 is vaporware,” but the safe, middle-of-the-tech-road guess is that Flash is not going anywhere. Fact is, Flash is being adopted at a greater rate than ever over the entire range of mobile platforms.

Christopher Dawson at ZDNet cleared up the misconception that only Android, Google’s new mobile OS, would be Flash-friendly. The Blackberry line, Windows phones and HP’s WebOS all support (or plan to support) Flash. This means, says Dawson, that the only mobile OS not supporting Flash – which gives you “everything from YouTube to the latest hardware-accelerated web-based games” – will be Apple’s iOS. Apple certainly isn’t “killing Flash” by excluding it, but it is differentiating itself from the pack, as always. So, is lack of Flash even a problem?

Apple means options

The first thing you should realize is that, if you simply must have Flash on your Apple iOS device, you can use the Skyfire browser. It has a clever chunk of code that can convert many embedded Flash videos and animations. That said, you don’t notice a lack of video material at Apple’s Web site, do you? With HTML5, all Web standards are supported, as well as many popular add-ons and tweaks, so nothing is “plugged in.” From iMac rentals to every mobile device with a modern browser, HTML5 renders the Web identically.

HTML5 (okay, maybe HTML6) may be the technology that eventually replaces Flash, but right now it is still being refined. It is, however, already in use and fully capable of presenting beautiful Web experiences on a full range of computer rentals with the three major OS installations (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has told its HTML Working Group (HTMLWG) to bring HTML5 to “last call status” later in 2011, with a target date of 2014 for a fully approved standard.

Time is on your side

A lot can happen in this time. As HTML5 is finalized, other technologies will be out there, too – mature versions of what is now new, as well as things yet to be created. Our Mac Pro with Kona Card rentals combine different technologies seamlessly, and Adobe will keep Flash working the same way. While Flash partisans and HTML5 supporters may scare each other with a few headlines, there’s nothing for tech pros to fear at all. When standards and technologies compete, we all win!

Call or e-mail an experienced Account Executive and find out about all of CRE’s winning ways! As always, if you know what you need, use our handy Quick Rental Quote form.

March 29th, 2011

Gadget Grab BagAs a leader in the technology rental industry, CRE Rentals prides itself on staying on top of the latest technology news and trends (check out our post, Tech Updates, Upgrades & News) .  Today, lets dig into the gadget grab bag to learn about the latest.

Remote access app for iOS

The remote access app from developer LogMeIn is getting phenomenal reviews for its recent no-cost upgrade. Being able to log in to your home computer from work, or from Paris, is nothing new, but doing it seamlessly on an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) with a low-cost App Store product is newsworthy. Controlling one machine from another this easily, with a friendly interface and no “IT jargon,” is the best way to bring VNC (Virtual Network Computing)  to the non-nerd masses.

Among the upgrades to Ignition is the ability called Wake-On-Lan, by which you can turn on a remote computer. No longer do you have to leave your computer turned on while you take a two-week vacation. Ignition lets everyone enjoy quick, stable and inexpensive VNC access. CRE’s iPad rentals – original or iPad 2 – can be configured with this handy app if you so desire.

Customizing Windows look and feel

A member of the deviantART community designed a simple but gorgeous “glassy theme” for Windows 7. Or, give your computer a natural, even peaceful feel with Elune – but be careful whose instructions you follow for installing it. Several sites that feature this free download provide multi-step instructions for its installation, steps that include modifying dll system files; this could be trouble for non-tekkie users.

Want something easier? Try Custopack Tools, a free download that simplifies the “theming” process. You can also make your own themes, or modify others.

CRE believes that choosing a theme is a very personal thing – customize your own computer, but leave the B2B computer rentals alone.

Here comes King Kindle

Since at least late 2009, Amazon has been working on a tablet. Yep, another e-reader-slash-touchpad device, but based on the popular Kindle reader. The evidence piled up quickly in 2010 as Amazon bought a multi-touch developer, Touchco, and then folded the operation into the Lab126 division responsible for the Kindle. When the firm began hiring LCD experts, the recipe was clear – here comes Amazon’s iPad killer.

Most analysts are guessing that Amazon will go with a 7-inch size, as that sector of the tablet market has no clear leader. If Amazon sticks with the book-reading theme that Kindle is now focused on, the device won’t have to be a powerhouse like the iPad rentals. It may run on Android, and it may not. There are still many more questions than answers, so stay tuned.

If you know what you need, the Quick Rental Quote will save you time. If you call us or e-mail your gadget questions, our Account Executives can turn them into answers for you – the right ones, and right now.

February 15th, 2011

Surface Table from Microsoft

Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Table at January’s CES, the first upgrade since its 2007 debut. Although fine for a single-user PC, the 2.9GHZ AMD Athlon II X2 may be a bit sluggish while processing media files from multiple people and input sources. The CPU is not as capable as those in CRE Rentals’ high-end computer rentals, and may be replaced before production ramps up in the next several months. But the concept? Wow!

New Table with new apps coming

The new unit, made by Samsung, has a gorgeous, 40-inch, full-HD LCD display like state-of-the-art LCD monitor rentals. Reviewers have noted that the people in the Microsoft promo spots look a bit cramped standing around it. Still, there’s a bit more room up close now, since unlike the original Vista-based model, the new Surface Table doesn’t require connecting a mouse and keyboard to complete the setup.

Surface Tables now use Windows 7 (and supports 64-bit computing), so the entire experience, from setup through use of all available and potential applications, is touch-driven. The Tables are now about half the original price, making them affordable as interactive solutions as well as graphic arts production aids. The new Surface 2.0 Software Developers Kit (SDK) ships later this year, and the next development phase is all about third parties coming up with the requisite “killer apps.”

Surface Table magic show

Amnesia Razorfish has said goodbye to the antiquated “send and receive” procedure for file transfer with Surface Table software named Amnesia Connect. It uses a natural, gesture-based interface – like iPad rentals for instance – so tablet and smart phone users can move digital content between devices easily. How?

Content is transferred to the Surface Table with a single swiping gesture on a smart phone or iPad. With the same motion, it can be sent to another device – but before it finishes the user will get a live preview like an X-ray going through to the Surface display. (check out the video).  Amnesia says using its product with the Surface Table “promises a range of new possibilities,” and the company believes people will soon use their digital devices – from tablet PC rentals to phones and iPads – for fast, safe “commercial transactions for both physical and digital content.”

When you need to know about the latest, greatest solutions – to the same old problems, or new ones – our experienced Account Executives are the folks to contact. Send an e-mail, make a call or fill out our Quick Rental Quote form, and we’ll explain the best strategies for taking care of business. Fact is, our business is helping you take care of yours!

February 3rd, 2011

Pen Tablet Rental

The Intuos4 line from Wacom comprises leading-edge “digitizing tablets” that are used as alternative input devices for creating original hand-drawn art or editing digital art files of all kinds. All the models have been reworked with a black-on-black scheme; are slimmer than their predecessors; and have a new 16:9 aspect ratio. Operations are handled via 8 programmable ExpressKey buttons and a four-function iPod-style Touch Dial, and the tablets work with both PC and Macintosh computer rentals.

Along with redesigning the tablet, Wacom revamped the well-reviewed product line with sizes ranging from small, medium and large to extra large (XL), the model that CRE Rentals now rents! While all sizes of the tablet are capable and produce excellent results, the XL Pen Tablet is the one that serious digital artists will crave. As part of a workflow with digital video and an AJA Io HD rentals, Wacom’s Intuos4 XL is a dream device, especially with a redesigned pen that is far more responsive, supporting 2,048 sensitivity levels as opposed to the previous model’s 1,024.

Power and flexibility with a Pen Tablet

The unit’s ExpressKeys default to Alt, Shift, Ctrl or the Mac equivalents, while the Radial menu is an onscreen display that can be programmed for various individual operations, and is particularly useful for launching Photoshop Actions. It comes with presets for basic operations like cutting, copying and pasting, and provides a range of media controls for music and video files. There are also four Touch Dial presets for cycling through layers, automating scroll and zoom, rotating the canvas and selecting brush sizes.

The Pen Tablet can be hooked up to everything from an iMac rental or LCD monitor rentals which takes advantage of the tablet’s wide screen format.

Serious, high-end device Tablet

The LED labels are extremely helpful and keep your work on track. The Intuos4 XL Tablet is a phenomenal product and a tremendous improvement over previous models.  So, if you’re in the business of inking, scanning, drawing and retouching still or motion graphics – from editing video to doing digital photo retouching – this is the finest tool in the toolbox, bar none!

Call or e-mail our Account Executives and they can explain the time-saving advantages of the Intuos4 XL Pen Tablet now available for rent from CRE Rentals.

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