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I don't use GIMP with Windows, nor am I a GIMP or tablet developer so I can only guess here. Keep that in mind.
Okay, I just upgraded to GIMP 2.4.2 and my tablet isn't working with it. I have a Wacom Graphire4 and my OS is Windows XP Home Edition
My problem is that my tablet doesn't want to configure with the program no matter what. When I go to the "Configure Input Devices" and press "Configure Extended Input Devices" the GIMP doesn't detect my tablet at all... what should I do about this?
Hmm, the Graphire should be working fine ... Was it working before you upgraded or have you also changed any drivers lately? Some others seem to suggest that the latest official Wacom driver gives different errors for them than before, maybe it's something with that? Try reverting back to the latest version of GIMP that worked for you (if any), if that works, you can at least rule out a driver issua and contribute it to GIMP failing.
No idea about Mac, sorry. Hopefully someone else can help.
Is this using the latest GIMP? The "gibberish" issue seems to occur lately on Windows, but it's the first time I've heard it happen on an Intuous. I use my Intuous3 without any problems under Linux, so this seems to be an issue with theGIMP 2.4.x GIMP Windows port and the latest Wacom drivers ... if this happens to all tablets (not only the Bamboo), then it's a pretty big issue, something the devs would have to work on. Could you maybe try finding an older version of the official Wacom drivers, just to see if it changes anything?
It's interesting that the error behaviour changes when you upgrade the official Wacom drivers. This suggests that there is indeed a driver compatabiloty issue (with GIMP or with GTK+ as you say, but it works fine on Linux, so I'm not sure). Could you just experiement finding older version of the Wacom driver, to see if makes any difference?
I had googled this problem - looks like it persists at least from September and related on GTK+. I'm frustrated about GIMP developers spitting on users. Is this payment for free software? It's very disappointing. Moving to Photoshop...
It's understandable that you are frustrated, but saying that open-source devs are "spitting on users" is just plain silly. I'm sorry to break this to you, but you are no "customer" of the program (since it's free). You cannot really "demand" anything from the developers (even though they are in practice very attentive to user requests and opinions). Strictly speaking they are all volunteers who do this for fun, letting the rest of us share the results of their hard work. If you're not happy with what they are doing, you are more than happy to freely download the GIMP source and fix your issues yourself, that's the beauty of it. By the way -- tablets works perfectly in Linux, and the Windows port is a separate thing, so know where you are aiming your critique. So far I'm yet to see a clear indication as to what is actually wrong -- GTK, WinGIMP or the latest Wacom drivers.
It will be resolved, but it can take some time. If you prefer to go to Photoshop over this, you are welcome to do so. GIMP is not competing with anyone.