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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X Install
Double-whammy; who can guess what I just bought ...

Part 1:
Unfortunately, Apple doesn't officially support any brand except Wacom for use with Ink. Luckily however, you can force Ink to start and then stay on between reboots. Go to /System -> Library -> Components -> Ink.component -> Contents -> SharedSupport/ and you'll find InkServer.app. Double-click it to start it, and the InkPad should appear on your screen. Once InkPad is open, choose "Open Ink Preferences" and you'll see the Ink prefpane. In the preferences, turn handwriting recognition on. From now on, Ink will appear in System Preferences until you turn handwriting recognition off. Feel free to close the InkPad, you can open it again through the preferences or the menu item without having to dig through /System again.

Part 2:
One of the best apps for using a tablet to draw with is Flash, especially with it's pencil smoothing features. But as luck would have it, use a non-Wacom tablet, and Flash MX crashes as soon as you touch pen to tablet. Not to worry! Those lunatics at Macromedia decided no-one other than Wacom would ever make tablets, so we just have to humour them. Download the Wacom tablet drivers and install them; they don't do anything (they won't even recognise your tablet), but they will stop Flash from crashing and let you use the full feature set (e.g. pressure sensitivity with the brush tool). Enjoy!
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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X
Authored by: visionaut on Mar 15, '04 12:28:08PM

Ummm, a Macally IceCad Tablet? ;-)



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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X
Authored by: visionaut on Mar 15, '04 12:33:52PM

An additional tip. If you drag the Ink icon in System Preferences to the 'favorites' area, you can turn Recognition off when you want to, but still avoid having to reexecute the whole tip provided to reenable Ink support. Turning recognition off makes the Ink pref pane item 'fall out' of your System Prefs panel, but not out of your Preference favorites.



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KB gear pablo tablet
Authored by: SOX on Mar 15, '04 12:49:55PM

A while back I bought a KB Gear (pablo internet edition--what a useless name!) tablet. It had OS 9 drivers but the company folded. These tablets are Uber cheap (~10$) have huge 9 inch tablet sizes, have finer resolution than Waccom and are pressure sensitive. (they are not as well made or work a smoothly as waacom but for $10...hey)

The problem is that without the driver there's no touch sensitivity or button clicks. Just absolute position. Without the button clicks they are fairly a nuiscance and without pressure sensitivity they dont work well in photoshop or drawing.

So the question is does anyone know of a driver for these?



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KB gear pablo tablet
Authored by: spadesman on Mar 16, '04 10:55:13AM

Yeah, I have a KB gear tablet also. When I used to work for Best Buy they closed them out form around $10-15 so I bought one. Does it work with Ink? It only came with OS 9 drivers.



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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X
Authored by: Mac112 on Mar 15, '04 05:03:49PM

When servicing a client I noticed they had acquired a Sandberg PenPointer II. As the box didn't mention Mac at all, and the client runs only OS 9.x machines, i had a silent laugh…
Nevertheless I plugged it in to my TiBook/Panther and lo and behold - it worked perfectly. Ink appeared in System Preferences, and the related functions where available…
My, now former, client still only runs OS 9, so I suppose the tablet still isn't used…



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But no serial support
Authored by: thinkyhead on Mar 16, '04 08:05:43PM

Alas, there is no support for old serial Wacom tablets hidden in the Ink stuff. So it's back to the drawing board for me! Maybe you'd like to assist my courageous effort to bring serial tablets to life under Mac OS X?

I've written a REALbasic application that talks to my old Wacom ArtZ-II tablet through the serial port (a Keyspan adapter) under Mac OS X. It interprets UD-II and WACOM-IV protocols and allows me to draw and erase in a small drawing area in the application. I wrote this program to prototype the code to interpret these protocols with the intention of eventually making a driver for these old tablets. Unfortunately I'm not experienced enough with Cocoa to go much further. Howver, I've developed three possible approaches:

1. Write an IOKit driver that communicates with the Wacom serial tablet and then exposes it to the system as if it was a USB tablet. Pros: In theory this would allow the tablet to work with the Wacom USB driver control panel, meaning I wouldn't have to write my own. Cons: IOKit is tricky to write for; Pseudo-USB devices may not be possible; Wacom's driver and control panel may not like such an arrangement.

2. Write an IOKit driver for a serial device - the tablet - and implement everything, including a custom control panel. Pros: Total control over the implementation. Cons: Much more work; requires IOKit knowledge.

3. Write an application that receives the tablet stream from the serial port, parses the stream, and passes tablet events to the Window Manager. Pros: Ink and other tablet APIs in Mac OS X might already have hooks for parsing UD-II and WACOM-IV protocols; Applications are much easier to write and debug than drivers; More stable product. Cons: It may not be possible for an application to send tablet events to the Window Manager in this manner.

I like the third approach best, for obvious reasons. Any help with this project would be much appreciated. I'll be releasing my REALbasic Wacom serial probe publicly very soon to try to garner more interest.

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But no serial support
Authored by: gizmovision on Mar 18, '04 02:13:33AM

i'd like to help but I have no coding knowledge... As I do have a CalComp DrawingSlateII 12"x12"(working area) I'd love to get working in OSX...
I just have to find where mt pen went to...

Best of luck any way!



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But no serial support
Authored by: ccsccs7 on Mar 18, '04 04:43:53AM

Yeah, I have one of those guys too. I also bought one of those KB Gear Pablo tablets because it was USB and mentioned Mac support (although that is only OS 9).

Well, I broke down and went ahead and bought a new Wacom tablet at Macworld Expo.



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TabletMagic posted
Authored by: thinkyhead on Apr 08, '04 04:03:55PM

I've posted my tablet software here:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/23044

I broke down and decided to make my own driver in C++. TabletMagic is the result. Full source code is included.

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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X
Authored by: husky on Apr 06, '04 11:13:34AM

Just trying out a friend's no-name brand tablet (actually Medion, but close enough). My powerbook with OSX10.3.3 recognises it, the ink preference pane appears, and I'm able to get some (not very good) mouse function from it. The system prefs shows up as USB Tablet Series Version 1.05 and the Vendor name comes up as AIPTEK International Inc, Product ID 16 ($10).

However, no ink or handwriting recognition. I don't expect to it, but would welcome any suggestions!



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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X
Authored by: Tony Arnold on Aug 19, '04 11:18:28PM
Try this for your AIPTEK/Medion tablet - it sort of works for me... their drivers are shocking arcane though...

http://www.aiptek.com.tw/english/service/d_tablet_usb.htm

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Use a non-Wacom tablet in Mac OS X
Authored by: ernestmac13 on Oct 18, '06 04:43:05AM

I have a cool-icam tablet model number CI-285 which OS X 10.3.9 on my 600 Mhz iBook sees well enough to use the pen as a mouse, however since it didn't come with a Mac driver there is no pressure sensitivity or other features when used with drawing programs. I tried using it with ink, I got Ink to start once but couldn't get it to start a second time.

Thanks



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