PLEASE READ: The Windows and Wacom Tablet Nightmare is Over
[Update on 2012/08/18] for Windows 8 information go here: http://viziblr.com/news/2012/8/18/windows-8-rtm-and-wacom-tablets-better-but-flawed.html
Remember when your Wacom tablet worked on Windows XP? It was perfect.
- No rings
- No dynamic feedback
- No flicks
- No Tablet PC input panel
- No press and hold
On Windows 7 and Windows Vista you have to follow an arcane set of instructions like this. But I have an easier solution for you.
Try this tool I created called “Fix my Pen!”
Download the latest version’s ZIP file here:
- The official location is on the Codeplex site: http://viziblr.codeplex.com/releases
- If you are having trouble accessng CodePlex try my SkyDrive: http://sdrv.ms/V7XqVi
Right-click on the ViziblrFixMyPen.exe file and select Run as administrator
The program will launch.
See all the settings are marked “bad”? We don’t want to see anything “bad”.
Click Make everything good
Close the program.
Log-out and log back in. Now you can use your Wacom pen without all the Tablet PC nonsense.
I have tested it on Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, and Home Premium.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It just sets a bunch of registry keys.
WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT ONCE IT RUNS?
After your fix things with the tool and log back in…
The Flicks icon will no longer be visible in the Notification Area
The Flicks tab in the Pen and Touch control panel will look like this
The Tablet PC Input panel will no longer be visible on the Desktop
The Tablet PC icon will no longer show up next to text input boxes
The Tablet PC Input panel options in Control Panel will have several items disabled and grayed-out:
The Press and Hold value in the control panel will be disabled.
Dynamic Feedback (those stupid rings) will be disabled.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
All this tool does is automate what used to be manual tasks. If you don’t feel it is work the risk then make the changes manually. If you use the tool you accept all responsibility liability if anything goes wrong. See the License Terms below.
This software is distributed under the standard MIT License. The text of the license is below.
Copyright (C) 2011 by Saveen Reddy Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN
CAN I SEE THE SOURCE CODE?
Yes. It’s all up on on the Viziblr Dev project on CodePlex
DO I REALLY HAVE TO RUN IT AS ADMINISTRATOR?