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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X System 10.4
Tiger only hintWacom doesn't provide a driver for "obsolete" serial tablets in Mac OS X. Nature abhors a vacuum. So an open source project emerged to fill the void. TabletMagic is a free, open source driver and preference pane for Wacom serial tablets.

Supported model numbers start with PL, SD, UD, KT, and CT, and end in -R. It has been tested with tablet models UD-1212-R, UD-1218-R, CT-0045-R, PL-300, and PL-400. Intuos (GD) is not yet supported. ADB tablets are not supported. The updated preference pane provides an improved interface to control the driver, configure low-level tablet parameters, set mapping options and presets, and test the tablet.

TabletMagic 2 includes full source code under the General Public License.

[robg adds: I have a newer tablet, so I can't test this one -- but I know there are a fair number of serial tablets out there, so perhaps this will help someone...]
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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: David Grant on May 22, '06 08:11:14AM

I used the previous version under Panther and it seemed to work OK. Haven't tested the 2.0 release under Tiger. FWIW, the web site is somewhat ambiguous as to whether 2.0 will work pre-Tiger - one place says Yes while another says No.



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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: thinkyhead on Jun 18, '06 03:13:39AM

Use the latest version of TabletMagic 2. TabletMagic 1 only works in Tiger if you mess around with settings manually.

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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: thinkyhead on Jun 18, '06 03:19:33AM

Ha ha, I got the question backwards.... Yes, you can use TabletMagic 2 in Panther. Try it and see....

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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: thinkyhead on Jun 28, '06 11:16:19PM
As of today, June 29 2006, TabletMagic is 100% compatible with 10.4 Tiger and 10.3 Panther, and if you're really retrograde there's a special build for 10.2.8 Jaguar that you can request directly from me, the author, through the TabletMagic sourceforge project.

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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: bkpr on May 22, '06 02:30:36PM

I've just been handed a giant serial wacom tablet, so this hint comes at the perfect time. However, I have a dual 2Ghz G5, what's the best way to connect the serial interface to my Mac?



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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: osxpounder on May 22, '06 02:39:09PM

Good question. I have the same Mac, and no serial port, of course. I have a WACOM tablet that's, oh, probably 9 or 10 years old, and worked just fine. Given WACOM's quality, I'd expect it to work today if I had a computer with a serial port and some drivers for the tablet. It's still in a box in the basement.

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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X w/ USB-serial adapter on G5
Authored by: sbinner on May 22, '06 03:32:40PM

hi.
the last Mac to come w/ serial ports was the Yikes beige G3.
to get serial adapter look up google or these links:

http://www.keyspan.com/products/usb/adapter/ for $79 USD
or
http://www.intel.com/support/peripherals/xc/portgear/converters/din8/sb/cs-017196.htm ( for a large selection)
or
http://www.welovemacs.com/serpordev.html (for a great selection!!!)

i do not work for any of these sites or receive any benefits...

good luck...

oh and...
http://www.usbgear.com/CG-119e.html (although for windows it would be nice, esp. @ $29.99 USD)



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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: thinkyhead on Jun 18, '06 03:16:54AM
I recommend the Keyspan USA28X dual-port serial adapter. This interface has been found highly reliable by users of TabletMagic.

http://www.keyspan.com/products/usb/USA28x/

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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: berada on May 22, '06 03:20:58PM

Anyone know if any of those PC USB->Serial adaptors will work with this driver? :D



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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: ever on May 23, '06 07:19:51AM

You're talking about USB to PS/2, and no, they absolutely do not work. Wrong spec, wrong genders.



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10.4: Use serial Wacom tablets in Mac OS X
Authored by: thinkyhead on Jun 28, '06 11:09:05PM

If you're talking about an adapter with a female DB9 connector, if the tablet has a DB9 male at the end of its cable then it should work. As another poster points out, the PS/2 probably won't work. Basically TabletMagic supports any tablet that can connect through an RS232 serial interface that has a Mac driver. The made-for-mac tablets use the 8-pin Mini-DIN, PC tablets usually have the DB9.

See the Read Me in the latest version of TabletMagic for an overview of compatible adapters.

I hope I got all the genders straight, they're confusing...

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