Wacom Tablets in Max6 on OSX

Sep 15, 2012 at 8:26pm

Wacom Tablets in Max6 on OSX

Is there any way to get data out of a Wacom tablet (intuos4 large) with max6 on Mac? i have tried the wacom external, but as far as I can tell it is either not compatible with max6 or OSX 10.6. has anyone had success with the wacom object in 6?maybe the hi object?

Sep 16, 2012 at 12:36am
Sep 16, 2012 at 12:57am

No Luck, unfortunately when I try to open the help or trigger a menu for the object it crashes max

Sep 16, 2012 at 3:59am

I got it figured out, there is an object that puts out the tablet data:
and one that outputs touch data for the newer tablets with multitouch:
the second only works if you have a touch tablet on your system, and both only work for max6 on OSX 10.6 and ^
turns out I needed the first object for my tablet but users with newer tablets will want both

Sep 16, 2012 at 7:40pm

Here you find the app IoR that I made with max5 that allows you to read wacom (and other) data and send it to any app as osc data. It’s not an answer to your initial question, but maybe it helps.


Sep 17, 2012 at 5:38am

turns out I needed the first object for my tablet but users with newer tablets will want both

[s2m.wacom] should work with newer tablets. but if you use it with a pen.
the purpose of [s2m.wacomtouch] is to output fingers data. so you’ll need both objects only if you want to support both ‘pen’ and ‘fingers’ data.

Dec 13, 2012 at 4:36pm

Hi All,

Just spent some time playing with [s2m.wacomtouch], and wrote a small proof-of-concept JS that is similar to [poly] in function, so as to be able to target specific voices of a [poly~] regardless of the increasing Finger IDs that [s2m.wacomtouch] generates.

If you’re interested I’ve attached some demo files here… Would be easy to extend to all data that [s2m.wacomtouch] provides. Should perhaps make an MXJ… No voice stealing (simply ignores more than maxVoices variable in script), but would be easy to build in.


Dec 19, 2012 at 12:58pm


Here attached is a small abstraction to renumber the Fingers IDs, so that there are not anymore “ever-increasing”, but kept as low as possible.
It is the same abstraction as the one that jm pelletier did for [cv.jit.touches] (cf http://jmpelletier.com/using-cv-jit-touches-recycling-index-values/ ), I just adapted it to [s2m.wacomtouch].
To use it, just input it the fingers data (i.e, connect the left outlet of s2m.wacomtouch to it), and you’ll have the same data out of it, but with renumbered fingers IDs.

BTW, s2m.wacomtouch has been updated a few days ago (see http://metason.cnrs-mrs.fr/Resultats/MaxMSP/index.html ), and a windows version of it is now available.

note that the 2nd outlet does not output a bang anymore, but a list. So you may have to add a [t b] in your previous patches. hope it won’t be to much troubles for you.

Feb 4, 2013 at 7:02am

Hmm I am looking for a windows version of the original Wacom object, but having trouble. I had it before but in reinstalling lost it and cannot remember where I found it! Does anyone know where I can find it online? I found a patcher from CNMAT (UCal Berkeley) that uses the wacom object to make use of its data, but it did not include the actual object anywhere I looked.

Any help? Or maybe I can build a translator myself? I have no idea how, but I’m pretty good at teaching myself such things, might be a useful skill to have.

Feb 4, 2013 at 7:18pm

We never had a windows version at CNMAT. I’d suggest using the s2m.wacom objects above.

Feb 5, 2013 at 1:28pm

there’s a link to an old wacom object for windows in the last post of that thread :


there’s indeed a windows version of s2m.wacom, but it might not be what you’re looking for (it only works with touch tablets, and won’t give you the pen data).

Feb 7, 2013 at 12:07pm

Hello S2M, i’m trying to use the s2m.wacom object inside a m4l device with an old (3 years?) bamboo touch. it works fine in max, but when i switch on the nopointer flag in m4l i get crazy lag and the data becomes unusable. any idea what’s going on?

Feb 7, 2013 at 12:10pm

oh, and is there a way to get the state of the 4 side buttons from s2m.wacom? thanks! r

Nov 12, 2013 at 2:33pm

great abstraction, thanks!


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