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Avoid accelerated Wacom pen in Ink writing recognition Apps
I love the idea of using handwriting recognition for writing text with my Wacom tablet. The only issue is that, for many people like me who have a small (A6) tablet, we need to set the mapping/speed in mouse mode, and give the pen some acceleration, otherwise we will never manage to go around the screen (iMac 17", lots of real estate to walk through, I would need a golf cart sometimes...). So I never really used Ink, because my letters would be totally deformed and not proportional, thanks to the acceleration setting! Well, here is the trick!

The Wacom settings panel allows you to have different settings for applications. Very well, but Ink is part of the system, not an application. Uhuh, this is Mac OS X! The coolest system since the invention of toaster. Ink is taken care of by InkServer, a component ... just add the application InkServer (you will find it under: /System -> Library -> Components -> Ink.component -> Contents -> SharedSupport -> InkServer.app), and make the settings to your pen for this "application" to be of your liking. I am currently finding mouse mode with linear acceleration and lowest speed to be sort of ok, but "pen mode" is good also.

Whenever you start writing, the pen stops using the settings of the application you were in and behaves better. "N0W if œ|y l Could learn fo write In _ a legibk way !"
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Avoid accelerated Wacom pen in Ink writing recognition
Authored by: xavierbdm on Mar 11, '04 01:09:00PM

Well, after I posted this hint, I went and bought an A5 Wacom tablet and the driver is different from the previous drivers for the Graphire2. I don't know if the Wacom setting application still apply, but at least here we have a preference pane, and the A5 size allows me to map the tablet to the screen, so pen-mode has no acceleration and handwriting recognition works well.
All in all this hint might not work actually, or sometimes, and I did not submit it to extensive testing all the way through.

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Avoid accelerated Wacom pen in Ink writing recognition
Authored by: multiplex on Mar 12, '04 04:24:03AM

As I am busy looking for a tablet - can you tell me which one you bought? I am oscillating between the Intuos2 and the Graphire3 - and would like to know if the Graphire is OK (Much less expensive, and I don't _really_ need the angle dependence of the input).

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Avoid accelerated Wacom pen in Ink writing recognition
Authored by: xavierbdm on Mar 12, '04 09:07:49AM

I bought the A5 Graphire3 Studio XL.
Same price tag as the A6 Intuos, but twice the surface.
No need for 1024 levels of pressure indeed (and angle dependance).
My reasoning (helped in that by the salesman who actually gave sound advice) was that if I discovered the pressure level and the tablet buttons were required, i could re-sell the Graphire3 and buy the A5 Intuos (whihc by the time will have been upgraded to Intuos3, as well)
My only gripe with Graphire is the (apparent) cheap quality of the pen, which is a major comfort factor in the Intuos (soft grip, nice weight, etc.)
I find the buttons almost unusable, unless you shift your position of fingers every time you need to press them.
And the somewhat ugly blue color, and the thickness of the tablet (positionned in front of the keyboard, it is level with the space bar, so it forces you to adopt a new typing position).
Good point is the ability to clip the pen in the recess on the side of the tablet, vey good for not loosing it hile on the road.
Overall I would not advise buying any cheaper A6 tablet, it is a wasted investment, as the novelty effect wears off quickly and the use as a mouse is limited.
(My main argument for using a tablet is avoiding RSI, which I am slowly getting, even with the Apple mouse.)
And Ink works surprisingly well, but for the fact that if some process starts eating processor time in the background, your writing gets distorted and delayed.

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Avoid accelerated Wacom pen in Ink writing recognition
Authored by: zahadum on Mar 12, '04 10:23:20AM
when will wacom finally have bluetooth tablets & pens?! i am sick of using seiko wireless pen ("smartpad" etc) through windows!

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