Wacom configuration made easier with GNOME 3.10

Wacom configuration made easier with GNOME 3.10

Newly released GNOME 3.10 desktop has quite a handful of great new features, but what's especially interesting is the much improved Wacom applet.

The majority of the work was done by Joachim Rocha who joined Red Hat shortly before the new development cycle. Among the first things that Joachim did was the rewriting of calibration. Here's how it works now:

The next thing he did was reimplementing the mapping of ExpressKeys and touch rings to various actions. Jakub Steiner designed a whole new UI for that, although it seems to heavily borrow from Wacom's own new configuration app that you get with Intuos 5 and newer models of Cintiq.

If there's no on-screen display layout for your Wacom device, you still get the feature via a dialog, where you can map a button to four types of actions:

  • sending a keystroke;
  • sending a modifier;
  • showing onscreen help;
  • switching monitor.

That isn't all: the Wacom applet also got support for OLED in Intuos 4 (a feature added by Przemo Firszt). If you mapped your ExpressKeys to e.g. some hotkeys, OLEDs will display those hotkeys.

It's not quite clear, whether the Wacom applet also supports displaying OSD key mapping messages when you hover your finger over ExpressKeys in Intuos 5. Do tell us what you discover.

As for the other "graphics" applet in GNOME, the GNOME Color Manager, it didn't really get any changes except bugfixes. However now that basic Wayland support is available in GNOME, and Wayland itself supports CMS, Richard Hughes is finally going to work on fullscreen color management in GNOME. His GSoC student who was supposed to write the shader code for that unfortunatey failed the final evaluation.

For a list of other changes in GNOME 3.10 please refer to the press-release.

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  1. GNOME gets all the cool graphics stuff.. where are my xfce colour management settings? :-/

  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 26 September 2013 at 6:57 pm

    @k, one day… some day… :)

  3. Interesting. But i don’t know why, the music of the video is irritating me !  :)

  4. “It’s not quite clear, whether the Wacom applet also supports displaying OSD key mapping messages when you hover your finger over ExpressKeys in Intuos 5. Do tell us what you discover.”

    Afraid not. The kernel driver doesn’t support sending a “touched” event for the ExpressKeys on the Intuos 5 and Intuos Pro at this time (https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=55647). It’d be nice to have though!

  5. Interesting post)for me it was really useful, thanks)

  6. Alexandre Prokoudine 29 September 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the pointer, Jason!

  7. i think all the programs and adjustments are great. if they could just come up with a useable desktop and window manager with a decent file browser gnome would be useable on workstations…

  8. Cool)I like posts of such a kind) interesting to read and watch)

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