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NEWS • Sep. 25, 2001
Wacom Releases OS X Driver Today
Software supports Native and Classic environments

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Those of us who made the switch to OS X early on suddenly found ourselves without the use of our graphics tablets. It was a compromise some, but not all, graphics professionals were willing to make in order to take advantage of the features OS X did offer at the time. Now Wacom has announced the beta release of its full Mac OS X driver, which supports pressure and works in both Classic and Native modes.

There had been a previous driver in the form of a standalone application distributed with Toon Boom Technologies' Toon Boom Studio for OS X, but that "driver" did nothing more than treat the tablet as a standard mouse. The new version does support pressure input; whether it supports tilt at this point is unclear, but we'll bring you an update as soon as we've had a chance to test it out.

The new driver, being distributed freely on Wacom's site as of today, requires Mac OS X 10.1. At the time of this writing, Apple had not yet announced 10.1, but it is expected to be announced later today with a ship date or delivery date at the end of the week. (We'll bring you an update when Apple makes the formal announcement.)

The driver itself, as a part of OS X 10.1, features memory protection and preemptive multitasking. The new software will include an installer, driver and control panel, according to Wacom.

For more information or to download the driver, visit http://www.wacom.com/productsupport/index.cfm.

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