Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Postby hyoumoku on Mon May 21, 2012 10:40 pm

I would like to ask if anyone out there have tried successfully using a Genius tablet for use in Kritas and in Linux OS.

Let's face it, Wacom's pen tablets are most of the time twice the price of a Genius tablet of the same capabilities.

I'm actually eyeing on Genius i608X which is one-third the price of the smallest Wacom tablet. I'm also checking if I can get a bit more money to buy a bigger canvas size.

I next to always use a Debian-based distro Linux OS (namely Linux Mint 13 XFCE (when it's out) and Linux Mint Debian XFCE).

Thank you and please help.
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Re: Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Postby Favux on Tue May 22, 2012 3:44 pm

The DIGImend Project's mediawiki should provide some guidance as to what model to get: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/d ... e=DIGImend

Specifically the "Tablet support status" page: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/d ... ort_status The problem is given all the rebranding you almost need to do a lsusb before you know which tablet you have.

The Genius i608X is a KYE tablet recently added to the kernel and supported in X by the evdev driver. Genius is KYE's brandname. But they release UC-Logic and Waltop tablets under the Genius brand also, just to make it fun.
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Re: Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Postby hyoumoku on Wed May 23, 2012 12:00 am

Thanks for the response and links! They are very helpful :)

But I also posted this at the KDE forums and here is a response of one of the developers:

boudewijn wrote:The problem here is that Krita doesn't have its own code to support tablets: we rely on Qt, and Qt generally only support Wacom tablets. I haven't got a genius tablet to test with so I don't know whether it'll work or not -- it might, given that the linux wacom drivers have started supporting more brands of tablets, but I can't say for sure.


I actually am going to use Krita next to all the time for the tablet. So I'm thinking if the cheaper Genius tablets will also work for Krita. Hmmm...
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Re: Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Postby Favux on Wed May 23, 2012 1:23 pm

Hmm.

I can't swear to it but it seems to me I've seen people with Genius tablets working on Krita before. Also seen them posting on some KDE/Qt bugs affecting Krita etc.

But only the Waltop tablets are currently supported by the Wacom driver. The KYE and UC-Logic tablets use evdev. And some Genius tablets were rebranded Waltops. Nick is thinking of getting the KYE tablets on the Wacom driver. The UC-Logic tablets would be more work.

My guess was if the tablet works it'll work in Krita. But now with the Krita dev.'s response...
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Re: Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Postby Favux on Thu May 24, 2012 10:28 am

Alright. Turns out Qt doesn't play well with evdev, and so the non-wacom tablets don't have pressure in Krita.

There doesn't seem to be an official fix yet but it may be in progress. There are a couple of work arounds available:
http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=139&t=98347
https://bugreports.qt-project.org/browse/QTBUG-25329
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Re: Genius drawing tablet mainly for Krita?

Postby rayanah on Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:57 am

great information shared.....
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