Trust Slimline Widescreen Tablet in Linux
Trust Slimline Widescreen Tablet is a drawing tablet that you can get for a cheap price. It is quite adequate tablet for amateur and hobby use, but lacks certain features which professional (or someone who uses it for serious work) might need. In the package you get the tablet with 25 cm x 15 cm drawing area, pen, stand and 2 extra tips for pen. Drawing tablet is connected to a computer with USB connector. Pen uses 1 AAA battery.
As usual, package mentions only Windows as supported operating system. However, this tablet is completely Linux compatible. If you plug it in, after a while you should see that you can move cursor by moving pen over the drawing surface. And if you press the pen on surface you can open menus etc. So it seems to work out of the box. Except it does not. It kind of works with stock Ubuntu 10.04, but then it kind of does not. Behavior is erratic, and after pressing something, it may take a moment before the cursor follows pens movements.
However, it is very easy fix this problem in Ubuntu 10.04. All you need to do is install xserver-xorg-input-wizardpen package from ppa, edit one file and restart Xserver.
First of all add this ppa repository, update and install wizardpen driver
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/xorg-wizardpen
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-wizardpen
Then edit file (with sudo, of course) /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-wizardpen.conf so that it looks like
Section "InputClass" Identifier "wizardpen" MatchIsTablet "on" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" MatchVendor "UC-LOGIC|KYE Systems|Ace Cad|WALTOP|Waltop" Driver "wizardpen" Option "TopX" "0" Option "TopY" "0" Option "BottomX" "20000" Option "BottomY" "12500" EndSection Section "InputClass" Identifier "wizardpen ignore mouse dev" MatchIsTablet "on" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/mouse*" MatchVendor "UC-LOGIC|KYE Systems|Ace Cad|WALTOP|Waltop" Driver "" Option "TopX" "0" Option "TopY" "0" Option "BottomX" "20000" Option "BottomY" "12500" EndSection
UPDATE! If you are using Ubuntu 10.10 then you should edit file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-wizardpen.conf
After this you should log out and restart X. Now connect the tablet, and it should work as expected.
Tablet uses absolute position (not relative) and it will cover whole screen. In my case I noticed it covers automatically both screens of dual screen setup I have. Both buttons work, top button matches mouse right button, and lower button matches mouse middle button. Pressing the pen on surface is the same as clicking the left mouse button.
You will notice that tablet “goes to sleep” if you take the pen away from drawing surface for certain period of time. What I mean with this, is that normally if you move the pen over the tablet surface you will see that the cursor follows the movements. If the pen has been away for certain period of time, you will notice that tablet seems not to respond the movements. When this happen, you’ll have to “wake it up” by pressing the surface lightly with pen tip.