Wacom Releases a new Driver for Macs

Hello Friends,

Wacom released a new driver for Macs on 9 Nov 2015.  I am unsure what is new, but I imagine more stuff for El Capitan.  I am hoping to see a release for PCs soon, too.  There was a windows update last night and this morning I had trouble booting my machine.  After contacting Microsoft, which wasn’t helpful…sigh, I contacted Alienware support and they were able to get me up and running.  However, I could only boot up if my Cintiq HD 24″ Touch was not connected.    All is fine if I have the Cintiq turned off during boot up and turn it on after all is up and running.  This isn’t a major problem, but it is a bit annoying.  So I do hope there is a new driver for PCs coming soon.

I should tell you the last driver released on 8 Oct 2015 fixed the issues with names for the On-screen controls (Radial Menu). I blogged about the problem a few posts back.  I was so excited about the fix because it makes using the function so easy; before it was difficult to find commands.

OK…Mac users, you can download the latest driver if you want.

Don’t forget Holiday Open Studio begins Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.  Hope to see everyone there.

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Painter 2016 and Mac OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan and Wacom’s new Mac Drivers

Hello Everyone,
Apple released a new OS X 10.11 also called El Capitan.   Chris Pierce, the Corel Digital Arts Product Manager posted the following at Painter Factory several days ago.
Painter Update – New Apple OS X 10.11 AKA El Capitan
As you know, Apple released its new OS X 10.11 – AKA El Capitan today. Our top priority is to ensure that you always have a great experience with Painter, and while the Painter team is diligently working on certification testing, we wanted to make our Mac users aware that there is potential for some disruptions with Painter on the new OS. 
We strongly encourage you to experiment with the new OS on a test system and not your production system. 
We’re working on identifying and fixing any potential issues and will have more news to report shortly. Rest assured, Painter 2016 will be supported on OS X 10.11. 
Stay tuned to the Painter Factory for further updates and thank for your patience!!
Happy painting!
Chris Pierce
Corel Digital Arts Product Manager
Wacom released a similar warning for their users, but yesterday posted an updated driver for Mac users.  So, if you have upgraded to El Capitan, you may want to update your Wacom device to the latest driver for Mac.
PC owners, you are not affected…relax.

Impressive New Wacom Driver Makes Custom Palettes

Hello Everyone,

What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday, I wondered if I had done the right thing installing the new Wacom driver; today, I am glad I did.  OMGosh, the new driver can make custom palettes…actually they are like the radial menu, but I believe that the users will embrace the new way to create radial menus more than they did previously. But, first…let’s talk about other stuff I discovered today.

First thing I did was uninstall the driver I had installed yesterday.  Then I downloaded the driver directly from Wacom.  BTW, the legacy drivers have not been updated…just the Cintiqs, Cintiq Companion products, Intuos Pro and Intuos.  You can download the driver from Wacom Drivers.  I didn’t have the trouble with the installation, so, if you plan on updating, I would suggest uninstalling your current driver, disconnect your tablet from your computer, install the new driver, and finishing, then reconnect your tablet.

Unfortunately, some of the issues I saw yesterday were still there this morning.  I talked with my mate, Tim Shelbourne in England, and we met via G2M and had a great deal of fun sorting it all out.  This first video talks about some of the stuff we discovered and what I needed to do to correct any problems that occurred yesterday.  If you are not interested in that, but want to find out about the Custom Palettes, skip to the next video.

In the next video I talk about a really neat function available with the new driver.  You can now display the radial menu in single column, double column, single row, or double row.  It seems more familiar than the radial method and reminds me a great deal of the way Painter handles custom palettes.  I think Painter users will love it.  In the video I wasn’t so sure, but I have changed my mind.  And, I think Photoshop users are going to really love it the most because this will be the first time they can make custom palettes.  Remember, it is the same as the radial menu, but that configuration never caught the public’s eye.  I think the new method will.  Here is the video…enjoy.

Give the new driver a try and let me know if you like the new way of doing the Radial Menu.  Don’t forget, you can go back a few posts and get my custom shortcut keys for Painter and for the Wacom.



Wacom Released New Drivers Yesterday 7-14-2015. You May Want to Wait on This One!

Hello Folks,

A friend sent me an email telling me that there were new Wacom Drivers available.  Surprisingly, my Wacom Desktop Center hadn’t told me about it this morning, but when I opened the Center again, there was the message new drivers were available.  I decided to use the Wacom Desktop Center to install the drivers.  I did that the last time without issue.  That wasn’t the case this time.  The installation appeared to go as planned, but when I rebooted, I came back to black screens.  I was able to get everything back without much hassle, but it was such a surprise to have something like this happen.

Next I loaded my preferences and then took a look at my Wacom Tablet Preferences window.  Yikes, it look similar, but on closer inspection, I found many changes.  I’m not even sure how it works.  I did go to the Wacom site, but I couldn’t find any information about the changes.  That doesn’t mean that it isn’t there…I just couldn’t find it.

I suspect that I am going to roll back to the previous driver until I can figure out what is going on.  I’m not worried; Wacom products are fine.  I just need to learn a bit about the new look and feel of the Wacom Tablet Preferences.  I’ll let you know when I do.

In the meantime, look at the video below.  It will tell you in more detail about what I found when updating to the latest driver.

That’s all; have fun…


Wacom Tablet Driver Update for Windows

Hello Everyone,

I missed that a new Wacom Driver was posted March 2, 2015, but Corel Master Painter Elite Karen Bonaker didn’t.  She dropped me a note.  I’m not sure why, but my Wacom Desktop Center doesn’t indicate that there is a new driver.  Odd.

Anyway, I am going to install the new driver; if I have trouble, I’ll let you know.



New Wacom Drivers Posted November 6, 2014…Go get them.

Hey Gang,

Believe it or not, for the first time my Wacom Desktop Center notified me of a new driver.  This time, instead of downloading the driver from the Wacom site, I let the Wacom Desktop Center download and install the new driver.  A follower mentioned that he used the Wacom Desktop Center last time and it worked fine.  I haven’t used it before because it never notified me of a new driver…so, I figured that something was amiss.

But, apparently nothing is amiss.  I just followed the prompts and my Wacom Desktop Center downloaded and installed the new driver.  It worked like a charm.  And, my tablet settings were still in place.  I didn’t need to back up and restore my settings.  I’m very excited about this.  It means I do not have to keep checking for updates.  Yippee!  Great job Wacom.

In case your Wacom Desktop Center didn’t do the job, go to Wacom Drivers and download the latest drive for your tablet.



New Wacom Driver for Macs, Posted 9/26/2012

Hi Gang,

There is a new driver posted for Wacom tablets for folks who use Mac OS.  There isn’t a new one for Windows, yet…not sure if there will be one.  I did not check other regions…the new driver is available for the Americas.

To get the driver, click on Wacom Drivers, Americas

Don’t forget to uninstall first, then install the new driver.  Be sure to back up your preference before uninstalling.  In a Mac, you can do all of this from the Wacom Preference file.