Hi! I'm Nathan Hoad

How to: Wacom in Ubuntu Gutsy

I got a new 6x8" Wacom Graphire4 yesterday. After finishing off an assignment for uni this afternoon I got a chance to hook it up and have a play.

It is incredibly easy to install a Wacom in Ubuntu. It is so easy in fact, most of it has already been done for you. There are only two steps left:

Enter this into Terminal:

sudo apt-get install wacom-tool

Once that finishes, enter this:

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Find these lines and uncomment the last three (remove the '#' from the start of the line):

# Uncomment if you have a wacom tablet
#InputDevice     "stylus"    "SendCoreEvents"
#InputDevice     "cursor"    "SendCoreEvents"
#InputDevice     "eraser"    "SendCoreEvents"

Now log out and log back in and your Wacom should be working fine.

To get pressure sensitivity working in GIMP, fire it up and go to File->Preferences and then select Input Devices, then Configure Extended Input Devices.... Set each device (eraser, cursor, stylus) to enabled. Click Save and then Ok. You should now have pressure sensitivity enabled. You can try it out by selecting one of the drawing tools and defining its pressure sensed behaviour.

As for me, I had a bit of a play with my new Wacom and got this:

My first Wacom drawing

I think I need some more practice

If I just made your day a little better then thank me with a coffee or maybe a a pizza