Install guide: Wacom drawing tablets with GIMP
Posted 05 October 2008 - 09:46 AM
Have you run through the tests suggested in the first post, notably the wacdump bit? Is the erased nib detected there and with functioning pressure sensitivity etc?
... Also, the latest GIMP is 2.6, always worth to update to see if the problem persists.
Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:28 PM
I've been using GIMP for a while, but only exclusively for the last six months. It's quite handy to use, if quirky. And it's free, which is awesome.
But! I have always had problems getting my Wacom Graphire 4 (A6) tablet working correctly with it. My problem is that when I plug in said tablet and start GIMP, it will notice the stylus moving around, but it won't respond to any clicks from the stylus on the canvas. (Noticed that when it's working correctly, I'll get the tool icon on the cursor, and the little brush mark that shows where your marks will go; when it's not working, the icon shows but not the brush marker)
If I quit out of GIMP, then restart it (so the second time starting it after plugging in the tablet), then it will work correctly. HOWEVER, the GIMP will forget all the brush variance settings, so I have to tell it to vary size, opacity, etc by pressure/velocity and so forth.
It's a fairly small problem, but it bugs me a lot. I wonder if there was a fix for it or whether there was an obvious solution I was blissfully ignorant of.
Details: I'm using Windows XP (latest SP), Wacom Graphire 4 with drivers installed. Latest version of GIMP with Windows installers, 2.6.1.
Posted 26 October 2008 - 06:23 PM
Welcome to GIMPtalk!
It's strange that you would have to start / restart GMP twice in order to get the tablet to work. It sounds like it is not able to save / recover its configuration files on first startup -- so the first time you exit it, it creates the correct files for the next time to read. This matches with the fact that the device settings are not remembered.
When having the tablet working, make sure you have set "Save device settings on exit" in GIMP's preferences (you can also click "Save now" just to be on the safe side). The info is written to a file named devicerc which is (usually) located in C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\etc\gimp\2.0. Monitor this file to see what happens to it. If this directory cannot be written to for any reason, or if it's deleted, gimp will not know anything about the tablet until a correct file has been created.
I'm not sure if this is the problem, but since you have it working regularly, it sounds like something like this could be the reason.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:16 AM
Here's what I use:
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, GIMP 2.6.2, and Wacom Intous 2 (usb if it's at all important) with the latest driver.
Any help would be appreciated.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:52 AM
If the mouse works elsewhere in Windows (which I assume it does since you use it as you primary mouse), check also with some other gfx program (maybe something came with the tablet?) to see if it works there. Otherwise I'm not sure, the "puck" thing is quite confusing and you are not the first one to see such a device show up under Windows -- it should really be "stylus" as far as I can tell. Maybe you should ask this in Wacom's own forums to see what they have to say (or maybe some other Windows user here could help). If you do find out, it would be appreciated if you could let us know.
Sorry for not being able to help more, but as opposed to the open-source Linux drivers we have less insight in Wacom's Windows drivers an what problems they might have with Gimp.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 10:57 AM
Anyway, I just tried using the mouse in a different drawing program (opencanvas) and encountered the same problem. A little background may be in order, I recently got new harddrives and just did a fresh install instead of copying my system from the old drive where I didn't have any of these problems, and I hadn't run into any situations where this problem would be exposed, so I just assumed since everything seemed to be working fine, that it was. So I guess it's safe to say this probably isn't a problem with GIMP, and I'll take this matter elsewhere. Should I manage to sort this out, I'll post it here for continuity's sake.
Thanks for the help all the same!
Edit: Just for more evidence, I just installed Photoshop Elements 2.0 that came with the tablet, and the mouse works fine there.
Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:08 AM
As you say, if other programs have similar problems it's probably something wrong with your setup outside GIMP.
Hope you figure it out!
Posted 23 November 2008 - 10:46 PM
Posted 09 December 2008 - 10:10 PM
As others have reported, the "Configure Extended Input Devices" button said "No extended input devices".
Here is what I did to get it working:
- [*:sf25ugfv]Cleared / reset all device settings
[*:sf25ugfv]Updated DirectX from the Microsoft site ( http://www.microsoft...&DisplayLang=en )
[*:sf25ugfv]In the Gimp Preferences, click on the Input Devices --> Input Controllers tab, and move "DirectX DirectInput" over to "Active Controllers", then restart Gimp.
Since the tablet appears to be under DirectX's control, you don't see it as an "Available Controller" directly?
Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:33 AM
Interesting, haven't seen this suggestion before; I would have thought the directx should be default active in GIMP's preferences (same way Linux Input is needed for Linux operation). I'll quote this into the main post at the end. Thanks!
Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:55 PM
What I'm seeing is Preferences>Extended Input Devices>Configure Extended Input Devices> reports "No Extended Input Devices".
I've got a original Wacom Intuos 6x8 tablet attached with the latest Wacom driver 6.1.0 - 7. Anyone have any suggestions on what to try?
Additionally, trying to click-drag with any of the brushes or the eraser results in an immediate GIMP crash. The whole thing shuts down. It's a little frustrating to say the least.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 10:08 PM
Thank you very much to whoever helps,
Posted 06 January 2009 - 10:41 PM
Sorry, I don't know jack about how it works under Mac. Best bet is to contact the GIMP-Mac devs to see if they have any ideas. Maybe someone else here knows.
If GIMP does not properly recognize the tablet devices, there is something off in the communication between GIMP and the hardware. The standard thing to check (apart from having the latest stable GIMP 2.6.4) is that you have the very latest versions of the Wacom Bamboo drivers -- download them from Wacom's homepage. As for lingering weird offsets, check out the comments to this thread, maybe you can find some tidbits that can help you out.
Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:50 AM
If I attempt to change the device, then all "Axes" values will become "none", and I won't be able to select anything for them. Additionally, here are the devices shown in GIMP (rather than stylus, eraser, cursor, pad, and puck as mentioned earlier):
I've reinstalled the latest version of GIMP (2.4.6), DirectX (as previously mentioned), and the latest Bamboo Fun drivers from the Wacom site. FWIW, I'm having similar troubles with Inkscape; it doesn't even recognize any extended devices.
Edit: OK, I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers, and I now have pressure sensitivity working in GIMP. My device list (in both GIMP and Inkscape) looks the same as it does in the second picture I posted, except the second item now says "Wacom Tablet Pressure Stylus." I'm not really sure what changed--I'm also not sure whether this is how it's supposed to work.
I also installed Photoshop Elements 5 that came with it--don't know if that has anything to do with it.
Posted 11 January 2009 - 12:40 PM
I don't know what the issue is, but generally you never need to set any of the axes, if the driver works, the axes are already set to their most useful values (changing them in fact tend to create unexpected results).
As said in the guide, you should have at least a stylus device and a stylus eraser device, possibly some cursor devices too if you have a tablet mouse. If eraser and stylus works as they should, I guess you should just be happy and go with it. You can also check GIMP's preferences->Input Devices->Input Controllers and make sure the ActiveX controller is moved into the active bin (but it should be if you have pressure sensitivity).