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PenPressurizer is a simple tool for the Mac that provides improved control over your pen tablet's pressure sensitivity. It should work on most Wacom tablets and, of course, the Axiotron Modbook.


It does this by providing more fine-grained control over the pen's apparent hardness than is provided by Wacom's preference settings as well as allowing you to adjust both the minimum pressure required to get the tablet to respond and the pressure required to get maximum tablet response.




The interface shows the present setting's effective pen pressure/tablet response curve giving you clear understanding of what the settings are doing. Conveniently, the app runs in a small floating window allowing you to adjust the pen's behavior while using your favorite illustration or drawing program.



This is my first Cocoa related project (hooray). It is written in AppleScript-Objective-C and the source code is available at Github (http://github.com/CdLbB/PenPressurizer). Since it is AppleScriptObjC, it is Snow Leopard only.


There are a couple stubborn bugs at the moment (see below), so, for the time being, I'm making the the download below available to members only (but, of course, anyone can join the Modbookish). If you have any problems, PM me (ericn). (Update: download available for everyone. See below.)


Known bugs: Due to the unsophisticated way that this app forces Wacom's tablet driver to recognize changes in pen settings, the cursor may jump briefly after you adjust the settings. Just ignore it. More seriously, if you make a lot of setting readjustments quickly, in rapid succession, the tablet driver may freeze or die. On a Modbook, this can be easily fixed by pressing and holding down the Modbook reset button. I'm not sure what happens on a regular Wacom tablet attached to a Mac. If you experience this issue, let me know.

EricN

By the way, anyone have any good ideas for an icon? I was thinking maybe a bicycle pump connected to a pen.

Update: Open download PenPressurizer.zip


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Sep 23 10 2:04 PM

Hello Eric
Thanks for remembering me. I downloaded that but the message I get on launch is "Pen Pressure Quit Unexpectedly". Then it offers to let me report it to Apple, which I didn't.

I'm managing to get some work out of the Modbook but the pressure sensitivity is a problem. 

Tom

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Sep 23 10 2:44 PM

Hi Tom,

Thanks for testing my little app. It's too bad it didn't work, but now I get chance to fix it. I need to ask ask: Are you running Leopard or Snow Leopard? If its Leopard, that is the problem. This app requires Snow Leopard.


Alternatively, if you are running Snow Leopard, it could be that you are using Axiotron's tablet driver, which seems to have more problems than Wacom's standard drivers. The version posted last November works great for me.


If both those suggestions have missed the mark, could you copy the text out of the Apple crash repeat and PM me with that. Maybe I can use it to figure this out.


EricN

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Sep 26 10 5:57 AM

Hi Eric
I'm using OSX Version 10.5.8

I'll download the wacom driver and see what happens. I did that before (several months ago) and for some reason it didn't work for me but I'll have a go again.

Cheers
Tom

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Sep 26 10 10:43 AM

Hi Eric

I'm using OSX Version 10.5.8


That is the issue. PenPressurizer is Snow Leopard only. Eventually, I'll learn Objective-C, and rewrite the app, but until then Leopard users will have to wait.

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Sep 27 10 4:41 PM

Adjusted PenPressurizer so that it is a bit more informative when doesn't work, namely, when it is runs in Leopard or when it is run on a computer not attached to a Wacom pen tablet. The above download is now the newer version.

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Oct 7 10 1:47 PM

Hi Everyone,

I'd like to switch PenPressurizer over to open download, but the only feedback I've gotten is from Tom, who, using Leopard, cannot use the app.

Is this app working for anyone? Are there any problems aside from those noted? Do the noted problems pop up much?

If it does work for you, any suggestions for improvement?


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Oct 21 10 10:11 AM

Just tested it on the Mod and it works so far...will have to do actual work in photoshop to see how well it does in real action. thanks eric!

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Oct 22 10 9:56 AM

does it need to be open for it to work? i used it last night and was very impressed. works even better with sketchbook pro! i guess improvement could be saving settings for different programs...but honestly once i found the setting i liked i kept it on for everything. great app! 

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Oct 22 10 1:46 PM


Thanks for the feedback.


does it need to be open for it to work?


No, the app is just a convenient interface for adjusting the pen pressure curve. Once it is adjusted, it remains until you change it again.


 i guess improvement could be saving settings for different programs

I'm considering that. When when I get around to rewriting PenApt, I'll add the pen pressure curve to the things that change when the app changes. 


...but honestly once i found the setting i liked i kept it on for everything.[/quote


Yes, I'm the same way. The first few days I putzed around with the settings, but now I'm happy and haven't touched the settings since. I haven't done much drawing recently though.

EricN

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Oct 25 10 9:03 AM

I used it and it is working pretty darn good so far. Cant want to see how this app continues to grow with each new ideas and improvements. Thanks for the work you have put into it!

As far as the icon for it, ive actually been working on it. I would greatly enjoy being apart of making this app look great. When I get some better samples together ill send them your way ASAP so that you can check it out.

Glad to be a member w/ fellow modbookers!

GABE.

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Dec 31 11 9:26 PM

greetings ..

thanks for write an app to do this .. i tried to on OS X v10.7.2 and when i launch the app the Dock icon just keeps bouncing .. but the curve window does not show up .. and if click show all windows the app quits ..

any ideas or a chance that it can be made Lion compatible ..

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Jan 6 12 11:00 AM

Eric,

I hope you can help me out.  I ran your app, but nothing happened.  Also, pen pressure isn't being recognized in Photoshop nor Art Rage.  I don't know if the two are connected.

I'm running 10.6.8.

Any thoughts?

McGrudder

I'm an over-educated, over-medicated, under-paid, under-motivated, under-stimulated Beta-male.

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