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A few questions about graphics tablets (Wacom)


August 1, 2009 | 11:32 am

A few questions about graphics tablets in MaxMSP :

1. Is it possible to use two tablets simultaneously?
2. Are all the recent Wacom models (Bamboo, Cintiq, Intuos 3 and 4) compatible with the Wacom object under MacOS X?
3. What about the compatibility of the wacom object with Max 5?
4. Is the "wacom" object mandatory or is it possible to use the "hi" object instead?
5. Has anyone used non-Wacom models successfully with Max under MacOS X?

Thank you in advance.

Roald Baudoux

August 1, 2009 | 2:13 pm

I can only answer to what i know:

1. i only tried one tablet at a time… but i was using two simultaneous pens on the same tablet. (only work with intuos2, as since then wacom did not implement this nice possibility in their more recent hardware)

3. last wacom object v4.0, now from cnmat, and max5 are going fine together. (but one important little detail about jitter fast drawings : I got lags on the wacom USB input, J.M.Couturier, sayed the workarroud is to put his wacom object in a standalone and send the stuff to max5 thru udpsend, this works fine. see patch down here (to be built as standalone))

For the rest you could also maybe ask to the authors of the object directly.

August 1, 2009 | 5:54 pm

Thanks antialias and Alexandre.

Alexandre, have you tried the Intuos 2 with two pens under Max 5 too? This seems a very interesting solution. However, do you know what has changed between Intuos 2 and later Intuos generations? Does hte Intuos 2 offer 2048 levels of pressure?

August 1, 2009 | 7:20 pm

> Alexandre, have you tried the Intuos 2 with two pens under Max 5 too?

Yepp. i’m testing it actually. I also just finished to built a DIY tactile screen made from an A4 intuos2 and an LG 19" Lcd screen. And I think it might actually be the first real "deep-pressure-sensitive-multitouch-screen" in the world… (on two pen, not three.) I might post some pictures of it to the forum later.

> However, do you know what has changed between Intuos 2 and later Intuos generations?

J.M.Couturier and I, were talking about this. I also phoned to wacom in germany last year. they say that, as nobody were really using this "dual-pen" possibility, i was too expensive for them to make the second-pen code inside the wacom ship.

> Does hte Intuos 2 offer 2048 levels of pressure?

It’s 1024. But so far from midi hell (127), 1024, that’s not bad : it fells really soft!
The most important is to try differents nibs : http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/5-Stroke-nibs-for-ZP-501E_detail_134_9040.html http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/10-Felt-nibs-for-ZP-501E-web_detail_133_9040.html to me the best to feel the pressure are the stroke nibs. you can also find differents pens : http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/Intuos2-Grip-Pen-Option_detail_223_9040.html http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/Intuos2-Airbrush-Option_detail_222_9040.html if you find the stuff in ebay, it’s really shiper. i found there a A4 intuos2 for 120 €.

Between intuos2 and intuos4, to me the real difference perhaps would be the sampling rate of the data, but i don’t know, i don’t have intuos4. Knowing intuos2 is really not bad : data mostly every 10/15 ms (still testing it, some there can be a bigger step, but to me it was sounding good.) For my purpose, the possibility to use a pen in each hand is the most important.

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