Advance Wacom Tablet Settings – Ubuntu 12.04

At first I just wanted to disable the touch on my tablet and the default System Setting doesn’t seem to have this option. The product installation CD only works unfortunately on Windows (and possibly Mac). Doing a little more research on google, I found a post that provides more advance settings with wacom tablets on ubuntu. So I hope this post will help the people who wants more control of their wacom device.

  1. First, you need to figure out what is the name of your device first. So type the following in the terminal:
    xsetwacom --list devices

    This will give you something like:

    DEVICE_NAME DEVICE_ID

     

    Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4×5 Pen stylus id: 13 type: STYLUS
    Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4×5 Pen eraser id: 14 type: ERASER
    Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4×5 Finger touch id: 15 type: TOUCH
    Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4×5 Finger pad id: 16 type: PAD
  2. Then you wanna know the parameters to modify:
    xsetwacom --list parameters

    This command will give you a huge list of parameters that you can use.

  3. Finally, you just have to set the new values:
    xsetwacom --set "DEVICE_NAME" PARAM_NAME PARAM_VALUE

    or alternatively, you can do:

    xsetwacom --set DEVICE_ID PARAM_NAME PARAM_VALUE

So take my case as an example, I want to set the touch function off and use the top-most and bottom-most buttons on the pad as UP and DOWN arrow keys. I will want to put down:

xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger touch" touch off
xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger pad" button 1 "key up"
xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger pad" button 9 "key ctrl + s"
xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger pad" button 8 "key ctrl + z"
xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 16FG 4x5 Finger pad" button 3 "key down"

*NOTE: for some reasons, the numbers of the buttons do not match to the buttons on tablet from top to bottom. That is, it doesn’t go from 1->2->3->4, but 1->9->8->3.

Hope this helps. Cheers, people!

Source: AskUbuntu

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