READ: This article only deals with TABLET PC notebook/slate computers. NOT Graphic Tablets. If you have a tablet that connects via USB, (Graphire, Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, etc,) this does NOT apply to you!UPDATE 4/2/2011
THIS MAY NOT APPLY TO ALL TABLET PC OWNERS, BUT IT IS AN OBSERVABLE IMPROVEMENT ON MY X201T!The old advice I gave about Fujitsu drivers being better for your Tablet PC may no longer be valid. First off, Fujitsu has removed the drivers previously linked from their support site. Second, because I gave Wacom's Tablet PC drivers, (called "ISD" drivers,) a second shot. These offer notably more accurate pen calibration and better balance between Windows Tablet PC support and Creative Art software such as Photoshop.
Download the ISDDriver here: www.wacom.com/tabletpc/driver.…
What the ISD driver does is provide pressure sensitivity support for art software such as Photoshop, Painter, Sketchbook Pro, (just about everything EXCEPT Painter Tool SAI,) while maintaining the integrity of a normal Windows Tablet PC experience. The new pen calibration program the ISD driver provides keeps the cursor under my pen far more accurately than before, and I no longer have to deal with 2 levels of calibration, no "hold for right click" issues, and I'm all over enjoying my Tablet PC experience more due to a greater cohesive experience. I can't speak for every tablet PC out there, your mileage may vary, but it's worth a shot.
Be sure to uninstall ANY previous Tablet Pen drivers you've installed, from your manufacturer, Fujitsu, etc, and reboot your system before installing the Wacom IDT drivers. Open the "ISD Tablet Properties" or something similar item in your Control Panel to configure and calibrate the pen. It will no longer be called "Tablet Properties" anymore!
Give this a shot and let me know how it goes for you guys. In my experience, all of my software still works except for Tool SAI, which, well, always had really mediocre tablet support anyway (cough intuos 4's.)
ORIGINAL POST FROM LIKE A YEAR AGO:This article is also written ESPECIALLY for users of the Lenovo X200T and X201T Tablet PC's.
Tablet PC's, for those who don't know, have the exact same hardware inside it as the Wacom Bamboo and Graphire tablets. Exactly the same. Same pen (internal parts,) same sensor boards, same processing units. This is why you can take a (recent model) Graphire or Bamboo pen and use it freely on your Tablet PC if you don't like your stock pen (or take a pen from a completely different Tablet PC brand and use it on another one.)
- How your Tablet PC works.
Unfortunately, since Tablet PC hardware is so diverse in its implementation, the drivers for it are... not as easy as they could be to use. In fact, it takes a lot of finagling to get a somewhat comfortable setup. It can also be especially difficult to get used to if you have used Wacom's higher end tablets all your life, such as the Intuos or Cintiq. I'm going to try to help a little bit for anyone having a problem.
So let's start.
Fujitsu probably makes the best working Tablet PC drivers -- and you can install them on any Tablet PC with a Wacom digitizer. I own a Lenovo X201T and I'm using Fujitsu drivers. (Preferred over the Tablet PC drivers downloadable from Wacom, even.) Fujitsu's drivers support pen pressure across all software, multi-touch input (for screens that support it,) and keep Window's Tablet PC services, (such as handwriting input,) to still operate normally.
With a Fujitsu driver, there are two things to be aware of: Microsoft mode and Wacom mode.
What are these two modes?
- Microsoft mode is when Windows uses its own drivers to interpret the pens calibration and input. You know Microsoft mode is active because the cursor will appear as a dot, instead of an arrow. As long as the dot cursor is visible, pressure sensitivity and high-resolution tracking will work as expected in Windows software such as the Handwriting Input Panel, Microsoft Journal, and Microsoft Word. Additional gestures such as Hold-for-right-click and flicks will work in this mode, as long as they are enabled. Microsoft mode will enable automatically when using ANYTHING except an art / drawing program with Wacom specialized input. There are known glitches that can cause Microsoft mode not to activate -- and we'll go over that a little later.
- Wacom mode is when Wacom takes over the pen with its own drivers and calibration setup. By default, Microsoft does not have drivers that enable pressure sensitivity in software such as Adobe Photoshop, Painter Tool SAI, and Corel Painter. (Autodesk Sketchbook Pro uses Microsoft's drivers by default.) So, the Wacom driver must take over to make pressure sensitivity and high-resolution tracking possible. While Wacom mode is active, the cursor (when placed anywhere but over the canvas, such as a menu or palette) will appear as a standard arrow like with your mouse/touchpad. Wacom mode ignores Windows gestures like hold-for-right-click and flicks, making sure that nothing gets in the way of your drawing. This means that the Handwriting input panel can be hard to call up when needed in Wacom mode, so sometimes you'll have to click on the Windows taskbar first to re-enable Microsoft mode, then call up the Handwriting input panel. When switching modes between Wacom and Microsoft by focusing onto another window outside of your drawing application, the first click may not register since that click was needed to activate the OTHER mode. (It's also common to find the click get stuck, and require another click to "unclick" it.)
So, what about the calibrations that threse two different modes use?
Since both Microsoft and Wacom mode both use respective calibrations for the pen, you have to find a way to actually calibrate them. If you try to calibrate your pen, whether it be from the Tablet PC menu in Control Panel, or the Wacom Pen Tablet configurator, you'll only ever see the Microsoft calibrator. You know when you're using the Microsoft mode calibrator because you'll be asked to calibrate using 4 or 16 points on the screen (depending on whether or not you've done it once already.) The Wacom mode calibrator, by contrast, only uses two points on the screen.
So, how do you calibrate Wacom Mode?
There is a known and long standing glitch with Wacom Pen Tablet drivers and Windows 7. When you disable Microsoft mode's setting for "Hold for Right Click," the entire Microsoft mode disables! Handwriting recognition will still work, but pressure sensitivity and high-resolution tracking will be completely gone. The other added side effect of this glitch is that calibrating the pen will no longer use Microsoft's calibrator -- it will go straight to Wacom's.
To disable "Hold for Right Click" in order to access Wacom's calibrator, go to Control Panel in the start menu, and click on the icon for "Pen and Touch." In this window, double click the option "Press and Hold" and uncheck it. Hit OK, then hit Apply. Close the window.
Now, open the Pen Tablet options by clicking on the "Pen Tablet" icon in Control Panel. (If, by chance, this window was already open, close it and reopen it.) Go to the last tab, and click the "Calibrate" button. You SHOULD now see the Wacom calibrator with two points to complete the test. The calibration you keep from this will be used completely separately from Microsoft mode WHENEVER Wacom Mode is in use. This means that this calibration directly affects the cursor position and accuracy for software like PHOTOSHOP.
Now, we're going to want Microsoft Mode to function properly again -- so re-open the "Pen and Touch" options and re-enable "Press and Hold." Microsoft mode will now work normally again, and the Wacom Calibration will still work as you want it to in drawing software!
If you're looking for better drivers for your tablet PC, or if you have been experiencing some lack of support on your Tablet PC for better software compatibility, here's how to get the Fujitsu drivers:
- Downloading the (Universally Awesome) Fujitsu Driver
- Go to the following link: [ FUJITSU SUPPORT DRIVER DOWNLOADS (AMERICA) ]
- Once there, click the gray tab named "By Configuration #."
We're going to be borrowing drivers from the Fujitsu T900, which is one of Fujitsu's highest-end Tablet PC's.
- Enter the following configuration number and click Go: FPCM11764
- You should now see a list of all the drivers for the T900. Download the driver called "Pen" under the operating system you have. (Windows 7 users should verify that you have 32 or 64-bit version before downloading.)
- At this point you should uninstall any other Pen Tablet drivers you've installed before, such as ones from Wacom directly, or one previously provided by your PC maker. (Note: Don't install drivers needed to make the shortcut buttons work. Only drivers directly used for Pen and Touch input.) It can be considered good practice to restart after uninstalling any, if they exist.
- Install the driver downloaded from Fujitsu.
- BAM. You should now have a good working Wacom Penabled tablet!
DISCLAIMER: My X201T only has a wacom digitizer! I don't have a touchscreen. I can't say for certain that these drivers will enable flawless touch-screen interactivity, but if any of you have a problem with this, let me know and I may have an alternative solution for YOU.
If the Fujitsu driver isn't working properly for your particular Tablet PC, there is one other way to find alternative drivers.
On Wacom's website, www.wacom.com , you normally would download the "Tablet PC" driver from the support section of the site. Unfortunately, this driver sucks compared to others available -- especially recently when Wacom updated the driver and made it nearly incompatible with Windows 7. So where do you find these other drivers?
Well, remember how I said Tablet PC's share hardware with Graphire and Bamboo tablets? That's right -- you can use THEIR drivers too. However, you can't just use any old version of it.
For example, let's say you go and download the driver for the Wacom Bamboo Pen. You can't download the most recent driver, you have to click on an older version of the driver (visible in the list after you choose the model) that makes no mention of incompatibility with Tablet PC's. If the version of a Graphire or Bamboo driver you're attempting to download says something similar to "NOTE: This driver does not work with Tablet PC's!" you'll have to backtrack to an older release.
These driers can behave differently than Fujitsu's driver -- making it nearly impossible for Microsoft mode to fully deactivate (even after disabling Hold for Right Click.) So it can be very difficult -- if impossible -- to calibrate the pen for Wacom mode. But, it may be your answer if you're not getting any pressure sensitivity or high resolution tracking in some software on your stock drivers.