New Wacom Drivers For PC


Hello Friends,

It’s that time again; there are some new Wacom Tablet Drivers available for PC.  Wacom posted the drivers on 4/27/2016 and I saw them, but at that time, the new 27″ QHD, 27″ QHD Touch, 22″ HD, 22″ HD touch Cintiqs plus the Cintiq Companion 2 were the only products suggested for the update.  So, I didn’t post about it.  However, a couple of funny things happened with my display and I wasn’t sure if it was the Cintiq or the Video Card.  There was a recent video card update, which I applied, but it didn’t seem to help.  So I kept checking my Wacom Desktop Center for updates.  The Center continued to tell me no updates were available.  As a double-check, I went to Wacom site.  Surprise, now the products listed for the new driver included my Cintiq 24″ HD Touch.  Wacom listed the Intuos Pro and Intuos models, too.  Oddly, as I go down the page, the old posting for the Cintiq HD 24″ touch is still showing.  I can’t find the links for the older products anymore.  It seems confusing to me.

I don’t understand why the Wacom Desktop Center doesn’t notify me about updates.  Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Anyway, I am giving the new driver a try.   If you decide to try it, don’t forget to back up your settings. disconnect your tablet, uninstall the current driver, re-start, install the new driver, re-start, and then connect your tablet again.

Link for the Drivers:

Wacom Drivers

Enjoy,

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New Wacom Drivers, Win 10 Finally, and My New Computer


Hello Everyone,

Wacom released new drivers for the PC and the Mac yesterday.  As usual, my desktop center didn’t notify me, but my friend Miguel did.  If you aren’t having any problems, then you may not need to upgrade.  Per usual back up your settings, uninstall old drivers and install the new  drivers.  Disconnect your tablet, too.

OK, so I have told you folks that I was in the market for a new computer, but before I bought it, I wanted to install Windows 10 on my old system.  Many of you will remember my post about the difficulties I had with Microsoft support and then never got Win 10 loaded.  They did take copious notes.  But many folks told me it was my system or me or both.  It wasn’t.  A couple of days ago, I decided to try the upgrade again.  Fingers crossed, I started the upgrade.  It took less than an hour.  I had no problems…well…there was one minor one with Outlook, which is a Microsoft product.  I must tell you, everything I had seen about Windows 10 looked inviting.  I really wanted to use it from the get go, but it just wasn’t possible.   Maybe those copious notes did help, because now everything is working fine.

OK, so what computer did I buy?  As you know, I was considering going Mac.  I looked at a Mac Pro and an Alienware Area 51.  Both machines looked mighty fine, but I went with the Alienware Area 51.  Why…old versus new is the answer.  The Mac Pros haven’t been updated in a while and talk on the street indicated that there would be a new Mac Pro out last August and continue to this day.  I had to buy before the end of the year.  I simply couldn’t wait any longer and I didn’t want to buy the current Mac Pro and have a new one come out a week or two later.  I know…I’m crazy, but that is how I was thinking.

So, what did I get with my Alienware Area 51.  It is a screamer!  Here are some of the basics.

Intel Core i7-5960X (8-cores, 20MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.0 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)

32GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133MHz (8GB x4)

Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with 4 GB GDDR5 each (NVIDIA SLI Enabled)

512 GB SSD 6Gb/s Main + 8TB SATA storage

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 @ 5GHz + Bluetooth

Alienware 1500 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

Win 10 Pro (64 bit) English

OK, that’s enough stuff.  I’m sure you don’t care about key boards, monitors, speakers, and optical drives.  Maybe I will take some pictures it is all set up, or not.  In the meantime, check these screen shots from Alienware’s web site.  I do love the design of it.  It is so much easier to get to the ports.

My new Alienware Area 51

My new Alienware Area 51

Ports are easy to access. I will probably have mine on top the desk, though.

Ports are easy to reach. I will probably have mine on top the desk, though.

I did purchase one thing that has been a big disappointment.  I got Laplink’s PCmover with a high-speed cable.  They offer 24/7 free installation service as well.  Don’t believe it.  I tried contacting them for three days and stayed on the phone about 30 minutes each time.  At the end of the 30 minutes, I would get a recorded message telling me they were having trouble with their phone systems and to call back later.  I was able to do all the required setup without tech support help, but when it came time for the actual transfer, it was going to take 156 hours.  What?  Instead, I have reloaded the software manually and am transferring data via my network.  I was really disappointed in PCMover.  The hype promised to move software and data…sigh.

Well that’s it so far.  I have a few more goodies coming and I’ll talk about them next time.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Holiday Season and the Best New Year ever.

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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.

holiday os

Enjoy,

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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.
Enjoy,
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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.

Enjoy,

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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…

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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.

Enjoy,

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