Saturday, February 7, 2015

Wacom Intuos CTL-480 and Linux Mint 17.1

I recently purchased a Wacom Intuos Pen CTL-480, that i'm now using exclusively with Linux (mostly Linux Mint 17.1 x64 Cinnamon and Xfce edition)

This won't be an unboxing as there are many on the Internet. One observation though, i was pretty surprised that the wireless kit is 100% embedded in the tablet once plugged in it :


After the cover is placed back: everything is totally invisible. Well done Wacom! (when i purchased it i wasn't sure it would be that much stealth and feared it would make an hideous extension on the back)


Let's talk software: 
On Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon ==> Plug&Play (mostly)


Only thing missing : the four buttons on the tab are mapped by default, but cannot be reset using that utility. 
Playing with xev and xinput might be necessary.

MyPaint and GIMP perfectly handle the tab.
Major issue with battery status of the wireless kit:


Here is one of my very firsts paintings (using MyPaint and its marvelous brushes):

a few screenshots of steps to draw a baby dragon :