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Use the Wacom Volito tablet System
Note: This hint has been updated with new information. For the sake of completeness, the original hint is listed in the second part of the tip; do not follow those instructions, however.]

Wacom's excellent and super-cheap Volito graphics tablet is not officially supported under OS X. However, it is possible to get it to work just fine, using one of the two methods in this tip:
  1. Just plug it in. The Volito is a USB HID device, and OS X recognises it as a mouse. The only problem with this approach is that it operates in relative (mouse-like) mode rather than absolute (tablet is a map of the screen mode). Also, I don't know if the Ink system works in this mode.
  2. Use the Graphire / Intuos drivers. These work fine with the Volito, except that the control panel will not open. If you are not happy with the default configuration, however, you can edit it with a text editor, or get a correctly configured file from a friend with a Graphire or Intuos. The configuration file is in ~/Library -> Preferences -> com.wacom.tabletpreferences.
[Reader EssentialParadox adds: The Mac compatibility with the Volito was a 'bug,' which Wacom 'fixed' (removed support for) in the latest drivers. Download driver 4.7.9-2, though, and the Volito will work as mentioned above.

If you have tried installing any other Wacom drivers in the past, make sure to remove any and all of them, and then delete the configuration file (com.wacom.tabletpreferences) located in your user's Library/Preferences folder. Then you can install the 4.7.9-2 driver. If you ever find the tablet stops working, or goes back to working like a mouse, go and delete that configuration file. I've found it has become corrupt a couple of times and it needs to be deleted, and then it should work fine again (after that, you may need to unplug the tablet, restart, or maybe even re-install the driver.)

As of yet, I haven't found anyone able to change the preferences of the tablet by editing the configuration file manually or by replacing it with a configured file from a friend with another Wacom tablet.

This support is completely unofficial, and Wacom will not help you with problems. I've given all the information I know and if it still doesn't work, try following the instructions again, in depth, in case you missed something. Otherwise it's likely you'll never get any support.]

[robg adds: The Volito appears to be a European-only product; I couldn't find it on the US Wacom site; the above link is to the UK site.]

Original Hint -- for historical purposes only!

Wacom's excellent and super-cheap Volito graphics tablet is not officially supported under OS X. However, it is possible to get it to work just fine, using one of the two methods in this tip:
  1. Just plug it in. The Volito is a USB HID device, and OS X recognises it as a mouse. The only problem with this approach is that it operates in relative (mouse like) mode rather than absolute (tablet is a map of the screen mode). Also, I don't know if the Ink system works in this mode.

  2. Use the Graphire / Intuos drivers. These work fine with the Volito, except that the control panel will not open. If you are not happy with the default configuration, however, you can edit it with a text editor, or get a correctly configured file from a friend with a Graphire or Intuos. The configuration file is in ~/Library -> Preferences -> com.wacom.tabletpreferences.
[robg adds: The Volito appears to be a European-only product; I couldn't find it on the US Wacom site; the above link is to the UK site.]
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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: EssentialParadox on Oct 27, '05 11:13:25AM
The old compatibility with the volito was a 'bug', which Wacom 'fixed' in the latest drivers. Download driver 4.7.9-2 from - http://www.wacom.com/productsupport/download.cfm?id=133&product=ETA and the volito will work on OS X with absolute positioning and it will also work with pressure levels.

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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: second.belated on Dec 29, '05 09:16:26AM

A little while since this topic was raised and sorted, but i had only just got an iBook for xmas, so I'm new to the forums etc.

I have my Wacom Volito. Attempted to install the drivers 4.79 for mac. Of course, I had the USB-mouse generic support as soon as it was plugged in, but once the drivers were installed there was no difference. I proceeded to open applications and find the Wacom folder. I received the Error "A supported tablet was not found on the system", so after clicking 'ok' the application closes.

As far as I could see I could not get any utilities to work for the Volito, and the same "No supported tablet has been found" style error persists with other drivers from the Wacom download centre.

Any help??


Thanks a lot.

Ash



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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: EssentialParadox on Dec 29, '05 10:58:03PM
If you've installed any different drivers, make sure you delete the file: ~/Library -> Preferences -> com.wacom.tabletpreferences (if it exists.) If it ever stops working, make sure to delete that file.

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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: cdburrows on Apr 17, '06 07:08:19AM

Was wondering if anybody could tell me if this solution works for the new Wacom Volito 2? If i use the driver stated will this work?



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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: jdedecker on Jul 20, '07 01:15:13AM

Does this hint also work with the Wacom Volito 2 version of the tablet?

Thank you.



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Wacom Volito tablet on Leopard
Authored by: reeks on Nov 15, '07 05:04:45AM

I read elsewhere (ao on Wacom's site) that drivers should be uninstalled and the reinstalled after upgrading to Leopard. I removed the driver and the prefs, but when I reinstall the driver will not load and the installation fails.

Anyone had better luck?

iMac G5 / Wacom Volito FT-0405-U0B / 10.5 / 1,5GB Ram



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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: Karma on Jan 02, '08 08:40:54AM

It seems like the old driver does not work on Leopard anymore. I tried my Volito on my new Macbook with Leopard, but the driver refuses to load.



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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: tedtedted on May 08, '08 07:11:59AM

same problem here: had it working in pen-mode under Tiger using the Intuos-Drivers. Now - on my Intel-iMac with Leopard - it just works in mouse-mode rendering it useless.

Any hints on how to fix this? The volito is all I need and I just refuse to by a bamboo or better just because wacom wants me to!

cheers,
ted



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Use the Wacom Volito tablet
Authored by: macmurph on Jun 10, '08 06:20:05PM
Any developers out there might be interested in enhancing the open source driver, TabletMagic to include USB tablets like the FT-0405-U0B

This driver works well with my old serial Wacom tablet and a Keyspan adapter.

Here is a link to the project.
http://thinkyhead.com/tabletmagic/


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