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10.4: Restore lost Wacom tablet mapping feature Apps
Tiger only hintHaving only recently upgraded to Tiger, I never got around to setting up my Wacom PenPartner tablet until yesterday -- and I found that the latest driver does not include any mapping features at all!

This makes it impossible for you to draw a circle if you have two monitors, or even one widescreen display like an Apple Cinema. Your tablet's surface is automatically mapped to all available screen area, by default. You can choose to map to only one monitor, but even that's no help if you use a display which is shaped differently than your tablet.

I had some driver install troubles, which Wacom tech support fixed right up (always great response from their team), and I mentioned the lack of mapping once I got it installed correctly. Chris L. at Wacom kindly gave me a link to an older driver that still has the tablet mapping feature. I removed the current driver, installed the old one, and all works fine now. I can adjust mapping, draw circles just fine on either monitor, and use it like it's meant to be used: like a pen.
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10.4: Restore lost Wacom tablet mapping feature
Authored by: lukeandrews on Feb 17, '06 10:24:37AM

I installed the latest driver today, and I still have the option to map the tablet to a portion of the screen. Is that what you mean?

(Mind you, I haven't restarted since installing it, but the driver version in the preference reports the latest, and it didn't ask me to restart when I installed.)

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10.4: Restore lost Wacom tablet mapping feature
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 17, '06 10:52:54AM


Yes, I mean that the mapping feature is gone in the latest driver. At least, that's what I experienced, and also what the excellent tech support person at WACOM experienced, writing, "It looks like, in the driver that they show available for the web site, advanced mapping was removed." Hence the link to the "older" driver.

Note the version number. The "previous driver", recommended by the same tech support specialist, is actually numbered 4.94-5. I never noticed until you asked this question, but, hmm, that's a higher version number... and a check of the file dates in each set shows that 4.94-5's files are exactly a year older.

I don't know how much credence to put in those file dates, but it sure looks like WACOM has accidentally offered an older driver instead of the newest one. Maybe there's a reason. Anyway, if you find you lack mapping, that link will get you a driver that includes it. If you depend on tablet mapping, you might want to download that driver just in case they stop offering it, or move the link.


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