Wacom Tablets: GCC 213 (OSX)

These instructions are for OSX.  For Windows 7, please visit this page.

In order to use the Wacom Cintiq tablets in room 213, you must first download the latest driver from this page for OSX.  Next, follow the directions below to complete the installation.  The Cintiq manual is viewable in its entirety here.  IM majors should purchase and provide their own pens for use with the tablet.  A limited number of pens are available for checkout in the Service Bureau.

[notice]First, some common-sense rules about the use of the tablets:

  • Do not use a regular ink pen, pencil or marker on the tablet, capped or uncapped.
  • Use only a Wacom stylus (pen) with the tablet.
  • Do not press overly hard with the stylus.
  • Take care not to drop the tablet or pull the cord tightly.
  • If you’re not sure how to use it, ask someone.
  • You will be held financially responsible for damage you cause to GCC equipment.[/notice]

First-time Installation

First, locate the connections for the tablet you wish to use and connect them to your laptop.  There are two cables you need to connect: a DVI display output (natively or using the mini displayport adapter) and a USB connection.  The DVI connection provides the signal to the built-in monitor on the tablet and the USB connection supplies the mouse information from the pen.

Once connected, open your display preferences (Apple menu>System Preferences, select Displays), then click the Gather Windows button.  Make sure the Wacom resolution is set to 1280×800, the highest resolution it will accept.

Now click the Arrangement tab.

You may choose to have the tablet mirror what’s on your laptop display by checking the box below the arrangement graphic.  You may also drag the blue bloxes in any arrangement you choose so that it is the most intuitive for you when mousing between the tablet and your laptop monitor.  In this case I have the tablet physically sitting to the left of my laptop, so I have the secondary monitor placed to the left of the primary monitor (the primary monitor, which is my laptop screen, is indicated on the Arrangement tab with the menu bar at the top).  You may also set them above or below each other.

At this point, you should be able to hover the pen around the tablet and it will move the mouse pointer on your laptop screen.  The next step is to install the driver.  Open the DMG file you downloaded earlier and double-click the installer.

Click Continue at the first screen.

And Continue again at the second screen.  You may need to agree to the license agreement.

Click Continue again when prompted for where the software will be installed (make sure your system drive is selected).

Finally, click the Install button to install the software.  You’ll need to provide your machine’s administrator password.

Click Close once the installer is complete.

Click on the Apple pulldown menu and open your System Preferences.  You’ll notice that you now have an entry in the Hardware section for the Wacom tablet.

Click the Wacom Tablet icon to open the preferences for the tablet.

It is here that you can change the functions of the soft keys located on the tablet.  The default functions are shown above.  To register and calibrate your pen, touch the tablet anywhere with the pen.  You’ll now be shown the preferences for the pen, which you may opt to change:

The first time you use a pen, it must be calibrated to the tablet.  Click the Calibration tab on the pen preference pane.

Then click the Calibrate button to begin the procedure.  Both the laptop and tablet screens will darken, and you’ll be presented with several targets you need to tap with the pen.  Do this as accurately as you can so the tablet will be calibrated properly.

When calibration is complete, the tablet is now ready for use.  In the future, you should only need to connect the cables to your laptop to use the tablet.  All settings and drivers will remain on your machine.