GIMP and Tablets ...endless story, I expect.

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>I have an Aiptek6000U tablet, for which I finally got the kernel driver
>working. "evtest" reports what seems to be correct.

>Event: time 1329324589.249332, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.265320, type 3 (Absolute), code 0 (X), value 155
>Event: time 1329324589.265326, type 3 (Absolute), code 1 (Y), value 19
>Event: time 1329324589.265328, type 3 (Absolute), code 24 (Pressure),
>value 511
>Event: time 1329324589.265332, type 1 (Key), code 331 (Stylus), value 1
>Event: time 1329324589.265334, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.313317, type 3 (Absolute), code 0 (X), value 154
>Event: time 1329324589.313325, type 3 (Absolute), code 1 (Y), value 22
>Event: time 1329324589.313328, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.321342, type 3 (Absolute), code 1 (Y), value 23
>Event: time 1329324589.321352, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.345308, type 3 (Absolute), code 1 (Y), value 24
>Event: time 1329324589.345317, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.465290, type 3 (Absolute), code 24 (Pressure),
>value 240
>Event: time 1329324589.465300, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.473289, type 3 (Absolute), code 24 (Pressure),
>value 233
>Event: time 1329324589.473297, -------------- Report Sync ------------
>Event: time 1329324589.481287, type 3 (Absolute), code 24 (Pressure),
>value 222
>Event: time 1329324589.481296, type 1 (Key), code 331 (Stylus), value 0
>Event: time 1329324589.481299, type 3 (Absolute), code 40 (Misc), value 33
>Event: time 1329324589.481301, -------------- Report Sync ------------

>X11 is configured as follows:

>Section "InputClass"
>  Identifier "pen"
>  MatchProduct "Aiptek|AIPTEK|aiptek"
>  MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
>  Driver "aiptek"
>  Option "USB" "on"
>  Option "Type" "stylus"
>  Option "Mode" "absolute"
>  Option "zMin" "0"
>  Option "zMax" "511"

>However, I had a hard time to get GIMP to do what I want. I configured
>the tablet through Edit->Preferences->Input Devices->Configure Extended
>Input devices->Device: Aiptek, Mode: Screen, Axes: X-1, Y-2, Pressure-3.
>Xtilt-none, Ytilt-none. Moving the Stylus cursor and pressure works. Now
>to the big BUT:

>To have the stylus drawing I have to press the lower button on it. This
>works *sometimes*. And there is no way to stop drawing again. Plus,
>switching tools is not possible, GIMP doesn't react to the keyboard
>while the stylus is in use.

>What I'm doing wrong? How is it supposed to work?

>Kind regards

>	Jan

gerard82 (via
If you use KDE as a desktop you might wanna try kde-misc/wacomtablet.
Despite it's name it supports quite a few graphic tablets and some Aiptek models among them.
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