> > I have an Intuos tablet that I use with Sibelius
> I don't mean to hijack the discussion, but I've always wondered about the Wacom tablets. What's your experience been? Is it more comfortable/easier than the mouse?
I originally purchased the Intuos because the mouse was causing me wrist pain, which the tablet doesn't. With Sibelius, I use it in combination with alphabetic input. I keep the tablet on my lap, and lean over it to the keyboard to go back and forth. There is a Wacom mouse - (it's a two-button mouse with a scroll that's also a mouse) and a stylus, and I prefer the stylus.
I have the 6" x 8", which has 8 programmable buttons and two scroll bars, each of which can be individually set (there's also a button on the stylus), and when I'm using the tablet, I keep my left thumb over the left-hand set of buttons, which I program to the task at hand, usually copy and paste and delete, if there is no other special need, while the stylus button I use for Cmnd or Ctrl, depending.
Even though the Intuos tablets may be thought of primarily as graphics-friendly (I use it for that, too), I have found it to be a reasonable substitute for the Intellimouse I can no longer use. Picking up and putting down the stylus is about equivalent to picking up and putting down the mouse.
I would not recommend the less expensive Wacom models that have fewer or no buttons for use with Sibelius - I think that the buttons and scroll make a big difference.
I haven't used the handwriting recognition software enough to comment on it. And I did parlay the Photoshop Elements that came with the tablet into Photoshop and then into CS3, so that was another plus ;^) - and I mention it here because I use Acrobat Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign in concert with Sibelius, depending on the project.
Hope this helps,
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