Wacom Tablet Requires Software-Level Support or Just OS Support for Input?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by astrostu, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. astrostu macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2007
    I do a lot of repetitive work in a graphing/programming package called "Igor Pro" where I draw freehand polygons over image plots over and over and over and over again. I do it with a mouse at the moment and it's leading to some wrist strain and I worry somewhat about getting carpal tunnel. Because of this and because I think it would go faster if I had a pen input instead of a mouse, I'm considering getting a Wacom tablet input device to use instead of my mouse.

    The issue is that it's a "Wish List" item that my parents are planning on getting for me. But, I'm concerned that it may not work with that specific software because I don't know the specifics of whether the tablet input is just OS-based where OSX passes the input onto the software, or if it really requires software-level support. If it doesn't work, it'd be a pain to go through returns because my parents and I live in different states, etc., and it'd just be nice to know ahead of time. If it matters, Igor is still Carbon.

    Can anyone help me out here? Thanks!
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    The basic support is OS-level (kernel extension, I believe, though it may just be a prefpane) and is built-in but Wacom has their own, somewhat more advanced version they include. Individual applications can choose to leverage the features available, however, like pressure sensitivity. As far as I know, the application would have to acknowledge that a pressure sensitive input method was in use, so that may or may not work depending on the program. The basic input will work though.

  3. dextermorgan macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2008
    A Wacom will work well for what you are trying to do. Regardless of the software the OS sees the tablet as your mouse.

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