Medion Graphics Tablet from Aldi works on OSX

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  1. DavidFreeRose, Dec 16, 2010
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    DavidFreeRose

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    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
     
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    Or instead you could just get yourself a Wacom ;)
     
  3. DewGuy1999, Dec 16, 2010
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    Messy & DewGuy

    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    How to install the drivers on Mac OSX

    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.
     
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    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
     
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    Aldi Medion Graphics Pad works on Mac OS 10.7.4

    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
     
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    So happy!!

     

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