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#1 2015-03-05 02:14:21

bbraun
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Old Wacom Tablets

I've had an old wacom tablet laying around for a long time, either as part of a lot of other stuff, or maybe I picked it up cheap somewhere.  I recently dusted it off to take a look as part of investigating ADB.  It was lacking the stylus, drivers, basically everything except the tablet its self.
Specifically, the tablet turned out to be a Wacom ArtPad II, model KT-0405-A.  The -A specifying the ADB model, and -R would be the serial model.  These tablets turn out to also use the Samsung S-Pen, used with some Samsung tablets.  Apparently this came about around the time Samsung bought a 5% stake in Wacom, so big surprise they're using Wacom tech.  But, this was good news since these S-Pens can be obtained easily almost anywhere these days, and very cheaply off ebay.  Essentially, the pen is inductively powered by the tablet, and the tablet can sense the location of the pen on the tablet through the same mechanism.  The pen sends information about how much pressure is being applied to the tip of the stylus, and information about the state of the button on the stylus.
It's all a very intriguing system, and I thought it was convenient that the modern S-Pen stylus is compatible with the old tablets.
The driver for these is still available from wacom on their legacy drivers page, if you select the device type as "UD Series", and select the Mac OS 9 driver.  That driver worked on System 7.1 with the ArtPadII for me.

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#2 2015-03-05 19:06:53

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Re: Old Wacom Tablets

It's interesting that the S-Pen tablets work with the old Wacoms. For grins I did once try the S-Pen from my Galaxy Note tablet on my Wacom Bamboo (and vice-versa with the stylus from the Bamboo... note, this is the original "Bamboo" which works on the same principle as the "real" tablets and not one of the various "touch" models) and that *didn't* work, but the Bamboo is sort of the red-headed stepchild of the Wacom line.

If I ever stumble across one of their older tablets cheap enough I totally want one bigger than the Bamboo. I'm getting old and drawing on postcard-surfaces doesn't work as well as it used to. The new prices of the real Intuos models is just a bit too dear than I'm willing to pay. (I'd *really* like to have a Cintiq but the prices for those are postively unhinged.)

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#3 2015-03-05 19:20:02

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Re: Old Wacom Tablets

Apparently there's also the waxbee project to bridge some of the older tablets over to USB and allow modern drivers to work with them on current systems.
I've known virtually nothing about these tablets and had never used one prior to getting this one setup, so it's been kind of interesting.

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