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Is there a device (sketch pad?) that can be attached to a MacBook Pro so that you can make use of sketching software in OS X? Like for example using Skitch, it would be better if you have a sketch pad at hand rather than using a mouse for using the app.

If I'm not mistaken, are those devices sold by Wacom the ones I might be referring to?

Cheers!

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Yes, you are right. Here is one manufacturer of those kinds devices:

Wacom

I would recommend the Bamboo Tablet, it is a cheap and effective solution for what you are asking, they connect through USB and are very easy to set up and calibrate:

Bambo Tablet

They also make more expensive input tablets but I would only recommend that if your are doing very professional editing/art creation because they would be over kill for many people who just want to simply draw and sketch ideas and make art.

Most/All of the these tablet/sketch input devices work as alternative mouse inputs, so you can use this with your mouse or as a replacement for it. They are even pressure sensitive allowing for multiple degrees of precision and line thickness. They also usually come with basic art software like Photoshop Elements or Basic painting/drawing software like Autodesk SketchBook Express. For only 50 to 79 dollars for the basic tablets, you can't really go wrong.

I hope that this information helps you out.

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This Bamboo Tablet of Wacom is a Pen tablet right? –  Panoy Jul 24 '12 at 14:17
    
Yes, they make some that work like trackpads though, you will want one that is pen-input based. Like this Bamboo Model: wacom.com/en/Products/Bamboo/BambooTablets/BambooSplash.aspx –  de_an777 Jul 24 '12 at 14:20
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