New toy – Wacom Graphire 3 tablet

Picked up a Wacom Graphire 3 tablet yesterday which is a pretty cool piece of kit. Had quite a few of these running when working at Greencroft in the art department, and was impressed by them. With a new hush hush project being worked on (apart from those that have had sneak peeks…), it’s ideal, as is so much easier doing graphics work with a pen + tablet rather than a mouse.

Wacom Graphire 3

Running off the desktop rather than the MacBook, as even with 2Ghz RAM, it doesn’t like manipulating 600-700Mb graphics files, so back to trusty Kubuntu and the GIMP (no jokes please!). Works like a charm, and sod the 2 CD’s of tablet drivers and associated software to allow it to work properly. Most modern kernels will have wacom support compiled as a module, so it works as a regular hotplug USB device straight out the box. Did add the following into the xorg.conf though (thanks to http://www.shallowsky.com/linux/wacom.html) to ensure it used the full size of the tablet and the eraser:

# Wacom graphics tablet
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "stylus"
Driver "wacom"
Option "Type" "stylus"
Option "Mode" "Absolute"
Option "USB" "on"
Option "Threshold" "10"
Option "Device" "/dev/wacom"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "eraser"
Driver "wacom"
Option "Type" "eraser"
Option "Mode" "Absolute"
Option "USB" "on"
Option "Threshold" "10"
Option "Device" "/dev/wacom"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "cursor"
Driver "wacom"
Option "Type" "cursor"
Option "Mode" "Relative"
Option "USB" "on"
Option "Threshold" "10"
Option "Device" "/dev/wacom"
EndSection
# End Wacom section

Section "ServerLayout"
[ ... ]
InputDevice "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"
InputDevice "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
[ ... ]

Definatley recommend a graphics tablet to others now I’ve spent a bit of time using one rather than simply seeing them in action elsewhere, and even when I’m skipping between apps or browsing the net, I’ll quite happily use the stylus. Helps combat the old RSI too I guess!

And no, you’ll have to wait to see what I’m working on 😉

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