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Get Started with your Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio

It’s easy to get started with Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio, and turn your ideas on paper into practical digital notes. Use the Inkspace Cloud service to sync your notes, drawings and doodles across devices. Use the Bamboo Spark app to make basic edits to your work. Then refine them further, or work on them together with others via the free Bamboo Paper app.

Follow the steps below to make the most of your new smartpad.

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Getting Started

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Bamboo Slate Folio Step by Step

Get started in 7 quick and easy steps

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Step 1

Charge your smartpad by connecting
to a USB charging device

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Step 2

Download the Wacom Inkspace
app to your mobile device

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Step 3

Activate Bluetooth®
on your mobile device

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Step 4

Follow the setup instructions
shown in the Wacom Inkspace app

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Step 5

Create Wacom ID and
activate Inkspace Basic

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Step 6

Unlock your free three-months
subscription to Inkspace Plus

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Step 7

Download Bamboo Paper to
further editing and refining.

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Setting up your smartpad with Inkspace

Creating your Wacom ID automatically comes with some great Inkspace Basic features for your smartpad. To make sure you can enjoy these great features that make your smartpad even more powerful just login in with your Wacom ID in the Wacom Inkspace app or sign up if you don´t have a Wacom ID yet. It will unlock 5GB storage, automated syncing and you will have access to your synced work anytime from everywhere through the Inkspace web portal.

Activate your Inkspace Plus

Your smartpad also comes with a free three-month subscription for Inkspace Plus*.

  • 50GB of Storage
  • Convert your handwritten text to rich text with Ink to Text.
  • Export your sketches to a scalable vector with Ink to Vector.
  • Work together remotely on one canvas in real-time with Ink Collaboration.

To unlock your Inkspace Plus make sure that during your smartpad* set-up you sign up for Inkspace or login with your Wacom ID.

*The Inkspace Plus promotion is only valid for the products Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio, both A4 / letter format and A5 / half letter format.

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Start Writing

Use the Bamboo Folio or Bamboo Slate pen and start writing on paper. When you're finished with a page of notes, press the button on the smartpad to save them to the Wacom Inkspace app. Don't worry if you forget to press the button before starting a new page. Your notes are timestamped, so you can arrange them later in the Wacom Inkspace app.

Your pen requires a special ink cartridge to work, available for purchase on the Wacom website.

Edit and refine with WILL logo

The Wacom Ink Layer Language (WILL™) is the universal inking engine and ink layer framework that connects hardware, software and applications. By using WILL™ technology, the notes you capture on the Bamboo Spark or with Bamboo Paper will remain editable for further refinement or enhancement within the Wacom ecosystem.

Accessories

Ink Cartridges

3-pack of ink cartridges for your Bamboo Spark, Bamboo Slate, and Bamboo Folio pen.

Notepads, A5, small

3-pack of A5 notepads designed to fit perfectly with your Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Spark

Notepads, A4, large

3-pack of A4/letter size notepads designed to fit perfectly with your large version of Bamboo Folio and Bamboo Slate.

First, make sure that your device has Bluetooth® smart technology enabled. Then download and open the Wacom Inkspace app from your device's app store. The Wacom Inkspace app will guide you through the pairing process for your Bluetooth enabled iOS or Android™ devices. For more information, visit www.wacom.com/getting-started/bamboo-slate-folio-getting-started.

Charge your Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio by using the included USB cable and plugging it into your computer or any other USB charger.

The Wacom Inkspace app will guide you through the pairing process. In addition, make sure your Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio is turn on. Then press and hold the button for about 6 second until the LED start blinking blue. Please note the LED will turn off for less than 3 second before it starts blinking blue.

To turn your Bamboo Spark on and off, use the multi-function button on the lower-left side, and press and hold for about 3 sec until the LED turns green.
To power off, hold and press the button for about 6 sec until the LED turns off.

Press the ‘Multi-function’ button to wake up your Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio.

The Bamboo Spark goes into sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity. To wake the Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio, press the button. To save power, turn off the power when not using the Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio.

It takes approximately 2.5 hours to fully charge your Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio.

The Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio battery will last up to around 8 hours with continuous use.

It is necessary to use the Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio pen. It contains technology that communicates with the Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio.

Yes, the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio supports 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. There will be some movement at the tip of the pen, as the pressure switch within the pen must allow for a certain degree of movement. If you feel that the movement is excessive, go to wacom.com and click on "Support”.

Yes, you can use your Bamboo Slate pen with another Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio.

For accessories including notepads and other product options, go to wacom.com and click on "Store."

Yes, you can use the back side of your paper, as long as it covers the active area of the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio.

Yes, you can use most office-sized paper, up to 80 pages or approximately 8 mm or ~0.3 inch thick with the Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio, but only work captured in the active area will be transferred to the digital version. For that reason, we recommend using A5 paper (148 x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches). The Bamboo Spark is designed for use with standard A5 size office notepads that open from the top.

Yes, the standard Rhodia notebooks with up to 80 pages is compatible with Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio.

Yes, you can use your Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio with different devices as long as the device is compatible. See our compatibility list at wacom.com/comp. However, you can only connect Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio to one device at a time. It is possible to install and use Wacom Inkspace app on multiple devices though. To access notes on a web, go to inkspace.wacom.com.

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Blue blinking  Bluetooth pairing
Blue solid Power on, page has content
Green solid Power on, page is empty
Orange blinking Low battery
Orange solid Battery charging
Red solid Memory full

The Wacom Inkspace app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

The active area on the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio is the writing or drawing area where the pen is detected. This area is roughly the size of A5 paper for the small Bamboo Slate, and A4 paper for the large Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio.

Yes, as long as all writing is captured within the active area of the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio you can write to the edges and corners of the paper. The active area is defined as the area inside the rectangular stitches on the smartpad where you insert the notepad.


No, you do not need to have your device with you in order to use your Bamboo Slate or Bamboo Folio. The Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio has its own memory and can hold up to 100 pages before you need to transfer files to your device. You will know when the memory is full when the red LED above the button are illuminated.

Yes, you can adjust page orientation in the Bamboo Spark app settings. Go to the general settings and look for “Device Orientation,” where you change the page orientation of your Bamboo Spark by 90 degrees.

Yes, but only use a plastic ruler as a metal ruler will interfere with the functionality of your Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio.

As with any electronic device, other Bluetooth and Radio Signals may cause interference with the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio. If you experience any interference, try moving to a new location at least 30 feet from your previous location and try again. For questions or concerns please contact Wacom Customer Care.

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