The Wacom PL400, the predecessor to the new PL500.

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July 18
Wacom Debuts 24-Bit LCD Pressure-Sensitive Tablet
New model offers 15" monitor, support for G4 video cards

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Wacom yesterday announced a new digital LCD pen-tablet system, the PL500, which it will demonstrate Wednesday at the Macworld Expo in New York. The new tablet offers 24-bit color on a 15" active matrix LCD screen. Wacom says the new model is 24 percent larger and 66 percent brighter than its predecessor. It has a resolution of 1,024 x 768 with 1,016 lines per inch—about four times that of a standard mouse.

The PL500 is also the first Wacom tablet with a direct digital video interface, which can be plugged directly into the DVI post on the ATI Rage 128 Pro cards that ship with current Macintosh G4 systems.

The PL500 LCD Pen Tablet system allows users to draw and paint, as well as add and erase graphic information and annotations while seeing all strokes and actions at stylus point like a real pen on paper.

The active area of the PL500's LCD Pen Tablet is 11.9" x 8.9". Overall dimensions are 16.3" x 14.2" x 2.0" high. The PL500's electronic pen is cordless, batteryless and pressure-sensitive. (It provides 256 levels of pressure.) The pen also incorporates a pressure-sensitive eraser.

The Wacom PL500 LCD Pen Tablet system is immediately available in limited quantities for $3999. It's compatible with Macintosh OS 7.0 or higher. For more information, visit

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