Boogie Board Rip (review)

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  1. latinvixen

    latinvixen Artist

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    Not sure if this one fully qualifies as a tablet but here is my quick insight on the new Boogie Board Rip.

    I own the original boogie board and use it instead of sticky notes in my office. I like that I can write some daily notes then erase it when I need to get rid of it. Saves the clutter of papers all over. My issue though was the lack of being able to save. At times I want to keep some of those notes, or in my case small sketches as I pretty much sketch on everything when I can.

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    Boogie Board Rip by latinvixen02, on Flickr

    A quick shot of my screen to show you exactly how the pdf file looks when I connect the boogie board rip to the computer. Not exactly the same but similar enough I could use this sketch, clean it up and color it if I wanted.

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    Boogie board on the computer by latinvixen02, on Flickr


    The boogie board rip lets you save your written notes or sketches in a pdf format which works out really well in the long run. There is a downfall, the sketches you draw do not appear exactly the same when you connect the board to the computer. A little trial and error and I realized how to get it to work to my liking. I sketch light, then I go over the lines a bit darker so they show up more, this actually worked out well for the boogie board. The boogie board likes pick up the lines that you pressed a bit harder making it pretty neat to avoid all the tiny sketch lines from showing up. The whole point of something like this is like having a tiny sketchbook that has a lot of space for a lot of sketches. When you get home you can connect it to your mac or pc and then dump out the sketches or note.

    Here is another example of a quick lion head that I drew based on a simba toy I have. I quickly sketched it, and went over the lines I wanted the boogie board to really detect and saved it. Quick process and my sketch is saved. Once I am done I can hit erase and draw something else and continue to do this process over and over again.

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    Lion by latinvixen02, on Flickr

    If you see some of the limitations you can easily adapt and see if this works for you. For me it works out really well. I can create some loose sketches when I am out and about, save it and bring them home. Scroll through the sketches see which I like best and ink/color and finish up the ones that are worthy for me. A fun little tablet be it for notes or sketches, not a bad buy.

    Check them out if you can, I am guessing brookstones will carry if not already. I know they carry the cheaper ones without the save option.

    A few more sketches can be seen here(will keep updating this section)
    Boogie Board Rip - a set on Flickr

    Video soon :)
     
  2. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    When you bring the pdf over in Photoshop, does the background come out as transparency or is it filled with white?
     
  3. latinvixen

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    Transparent.
     
  4. kimck99

    kimck99 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi,

    Would you mind providing examples of text that is saved to PDF? I am interested in the RIP primarily for note taking and curious about how text is saved.

    Thanks.
     
  5. latinvixen

    latinvixen Artist

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    Here you go, quick little test.

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    Writing on the boogie board by latinvixen02, on Flickr

    and how it looks once you transfer the file over to the computer.

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    How it shows up on the computer by latinvixen02, on Flickr

    It missed a little bit on the "b" but apart from that it does a really nice job recording your notes.

    If you have any other questions just ask.
     
  6. kimck99

    kimck99 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks! Very much appreciate the sample. I have read reviews (limited in number) and the lines do like a little thick for text. How are you at controlling the thicknes of the lines in text and having it show up in PDF. I am a bit concerned that if you tried to write with thinner lines, the text won't appear in PDF.

    I tried out the 10.5" model at Brookstone and I like the thickness (or shall I say thinness) of the lines it produced. However, the RIP seem to be a tad thicker.
     
  7. latinvixen

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    One issue with the way it transfers line information is that is looses all pressure sensitivity that has been applied to the sketch or notes (I tend to write with a varying thickness or draw to make it more interesting). So for example if I applied less pressure the lines would probably not show up. With that being said lines only appear in one thickness level.
     
  8. kimck99

    kimck99 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Appreciate the updated information. I am torn as I am and have been looking for a solution to just take notes and save. I have a tabletpc and I don't it like the lag of the stylus on MS OneNote.

    I thought about Wacom Inkling but I don't like the idea of writing on paper to and then transfer files. That means I have to take a note pad and I'm to live the digital world :).

    Thanks again.
     
  9. latinvixen

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    A small observation while tinkering with it today.

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    Boogie Board Rip by latinvixen02, on Flickr

    Drew this guy real quick and went over the lines a bit more than I usually do when I sketch on paper. I tend to do a lot of continuos lines when I am doing a generic critter that is relatively easy to sketch. I did this one a bit sketchier going over the lines a bit more and doing smaller strokes compared to larger one time strokes. The smaller repetitive strokes worked out better and the line work passed over a bit nicer and more like my initial picture.

    Best example would be the hair where I did a bunch of little strokes when sketching compared to the mouth where I did one continuous stroke. With the one continuous stroke some information was lost, seeing as I vary in pressure when drawing meaning the boogie board may not read it when saving.

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    Boogie Board Rip by latinvixen02, on Flickr

    Just an observation I wanted to note :)
     
  10. kimck99

    kimck99 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks again for answering my questions. I think I'll purchase it even though the PDF capture seem to be 'finicky". I guess one will eventually learn how much pressure is required to have consistent text.

    Much appreciated!
     
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