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DavidFreeRose
Dec 16, 2010, 03:11 AM
I have had some success using the Medion 2 in 1 Mini Graphics pad (MD 86190) on my iMac OSX 10.6.4 despite the fact that the product is not labeled to work on Mac.

I bought it hoping I could by good luck just make it work as it was only $40.

When I plugged it in, it just moved the mouse pointer on the scree - that's all, but the different tools in Photoshop did not work properly.

After lots of googling, reading, trial and error I got the pad to work in Photoshop and Illustrator.

I think the instructions below may be correct, but it was very late at nite and I am not absolutely certain (so read on before you download)

Download and install the driver from here http://www.aiptek.eu/index.php?option=com_product&task=view&productid=228&Itemid=549 you want the

this link downloads it ftp://ftp.aiptek.de/FTP_HMP/HyperPenMini_Tablet_driver.zip

The generic WACOM driver did not work, so I "uninstalled" it. There is some other driver working on my system - I think it is the one above but I am not absolutely sure (and I don't know how to identify it on the system - geeks please ;-) If it is not the aiptek one is probably this one http://adesso.com/drivers/CyberTablet-MAC-V1.75.zip

Anyway. This is what I can now do with the Medion mini tablet from Aldi:

(1) Use the pad & pen as a mouse: hover the pen close to the tablet to move the pointer, touch the pen on the tablet to click, use the button on the pen to 'right click' (Control click)

(2) Use the pad & pen with the Mac's 'Ink' app to write text using handwriting instead of typing on the keyboard. h fact l am usingIt now! (back to keyboard) As you can see it takes a little getting used to, but the point is - the device actually works.

(3) Use the pad & pen with the tools in Photoshop & Illustrator, for example lasso, pen, brush, slice, etc.

HINTS:
- Be patient, it takes a little getting used to, and the pad is quite sensitive
- Practice



Messy
Dec 16, 2010, 06:43 AM
Or instead you could just get yourself a Wacom ;)

DewGuy1999
Dec 16, 2010, 08:20 AM
Ignore this - I want to delete it but I can't find out how to do it - this only worked with some tools not all. I spoke too soon. Sorry.

You can click this icon http://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/buttons/report.gif in the side bar of your original message and ask the Moderator to delete it.

DavidFreeRose
Dec 17, 2010, 02:37 AM
Messy - really (in class Mom tone). :rolleyes:

There is some vindication in the edited result above.

DewGuy - thanks for your tuition. :cool:

Peace to you all.

Ipodize
Dec 18, 2010, 02:22 AM
Thanks for this. The drivers work great- wish I could turn off pressure sensitivity though. The pad itself is very good for only $40. I bought it to use with Photoshop - didn't think it would work with handwriting recognition as well!

ahmrbond
Dec 29, 2010, 10:23 AM
I can confirm that this item works well on a Mac, I am running Mac OSX 10.6.5, I did not need to download any drivers at all. The pad works with 'Gimp' but I have not had chance to test it to the extreme. It also works well with Doozla so my 5 yr old is happy!
In the UK this is available for 19.99 at Aldi whilst stocks last so if you want one hurry up!

Filey
Jan 1, 2011, 01:22 PM
I can confirm that this item works well on a Mac, I am running Mac OSX 10.6.5, I did not need to download any drivers at all. The pad works with 'Gimp' but I have not had chance to test it to the extreme. It also works well with Doozla so my 5 yr old is happy!
In the UK this is available for 19.99 at Aldi whilst stocks last so if you want one hurry up!
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That's interesting! I bought one about three years ago which has never seen the light of day, and I was just thinking today would it work with my OSX 10.6.5. I have ordered Elements so it would be great if I could use it. What did you do? Do you have the CD? It says Windows up to Vista is needed so I was thinking better bin it, but you have given me hope. Please tell.

phatbeatboy
Jan 2, 2011, 04:15 PM
I got one of these from Aldi. It works ok in some applications, but in Photoshop it isn't functioning correctly. Just tried downloading the driver from the link given above, but there only appear to be Windows drivers in the zip file. Am I missing something?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

34m0
Feb 20, 2011, 05:05 AM
Nice work with this tutorial. It really helped. I now have it working with Gimp.

It took me a while to figure out how to install the driver. To do so, I

downloaded the driver mentioned above: ftp://ftp.aiptek.de/FTP_HMP/HyperPenMini_Tablet_driver.zip
unzipped the download
opened the folder USB
and found a file called layout.bin
I double clicked on that, and then it started working

Hope that helps some.

carmensk
Dec 4, 2011, 07:31 AM
I got the same thing from Aldi, but I bought it during the days when I had a PC and it worked amazingly! :D. I now have mac though and having the same issue! :P
Ummmm..... This post is really helpful and I'm glad there is hope for me yet, because I did enjoy using it, but the link broke? It no longer works....... ideas?

Any help would be awesome! :D

jigsketch
Sep 13, 2012, 08:07 PM
The Medion is made by Aiptek, but re-badged for Aldi. Aldi doesn't support anything Mac, so you need to go direct to the supplier site and your on your own.
Hint: Forum users, if you try using someone's links to drivers you will find the links are broken as they constantly remove/update with new links to show only current models. ie. they dont keep archives of old devices/drivers.
If you just go direct to their website (http://www.aiptek.de) and click on the menu item "Graphics Tablet & Digitizer" it will take you to a list of all current devices. Don't worry if yours looks different to the model shown, (you just need their software/driver) just click on one that looks like a digitizer. Go to the Driver/Software section and you will find the latest OSX driver for Mac. v2.13 was current on 14 Sep 2012.
Steps for Install on Mac 10.7.4
1. Do not connect digitizer. IMPORTANT
2. Run install of software (unzip, then find app, run, etc)
3. Restart Mac
4. Plug in digitizer. Ignore message about new keyboard found, etc... just close the box.
5. Go to Finder Apps, locate Media Tablet Control Panel App (it may be labelled different, but look for latest app by date to find the one you just downloaded) Double click it to launch app
6. Configure digitizer as required, pen pressure, buttons on pen, function keys
7. Launch your app, such as photoshop or illustrator and start using the pen/digitizer
It took about 10-15min for me and everything worked OK. I think I was lucky? ..hence thought it best to share how I did it :-)
I have a proper digitizer for another serious machine but that cost me $400, I got this one to use with my small MacBook and for $49 its a bargain.
Bottom Line: You can get it to work on Mac and you dont need to spend big $$$.
Hope this helps
~js

ukiller
Oct 3, 2012, 04:56 AM
I was frustrated by the drivers available and started to develop my own. You can find it at http://code.google.com/p/hyperpen-for-apple/downloads/list. If you have any idea for improvements please drop me a mail.

Regards
Udo

rodrigoazubel
Sep 17, 2013, 06:38 PM
I just purchased this year's model and downloaded the driver from
http://www.aiptek.eu/index.php/en/products/graphics-tablets-a-digital-pens/graphics-tablets/slimtablet-600u-premium2
and it worked instantly.
The only thing is that I am not sure that i can handwrite on preview or keynote.
I haven't found that out yet.
Also, does anyone know if a similar function can be done with Mac's magic pad?
thanks in advance.

Alibear1957
Oct 30, 2013, 04:59 AM
[QUOTE=DavidFreeRose;11580376]I have had some success using the Medion 2 in 1 Mini Graphics pad (MD 86190) on my iMac OSX 10.6.4 despite the fact that the product is not labeled to work on Mac.

I am so glad that there are forums like this. I bought my Medion Tablet in a second hand shop for a tenner. I was disappointed in the initial results, as it only worked as a mouse - absolutely NO functionality with Photoshop or anything else....

...then I found your instructions, downloaded the driver from the aiptek site and it works perfectly with everything - including pressure sensitive facilities.