Newest version adds support for recently released devices like the Huawei MateBook and MatePen along with button access to the latest Windows Anniversary update Ink features.

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Wacom just posted an update to its enhanced tablet driver. This is significant for owners of recently released devices with Wacom pens who were reporting problems or incompatibility with the previous Feel version.

According to a Wacom rep, the update "should support most everything out there that has a Wacom pen in it."

The Surface Pro 3 and 4 and the Surface Book are not Wacom-equipped. This driver is designed to work on devices with Wacom EMR digitizers like the Surface Pro 1 and 2 or Wacom ActiveES pens like the Toshiba Encore 2 Write and Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14.

"This driver is not required in order to use the Inking capability of a tablet computer," states the Wacom Read Me. "Its purpose is to support advanced features such as pressure-sensitivity in graphics applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. The driver also enables you to adjust the pen tip pressure sensitivity and to program the side switch of the pen for a wide range of alternative settings and functions."

Programs that support Microsoft's INK API don't require the Feel driver for pressure sensitivity, but you will want to install the Feel driver anyway in order to calibrate your device and customize pen buttons.

If you're updating from your previous Feel driver installation, Wacom recommends that you uninstall that driver and reboot first.

"Some bug fixes since July include improved pen images for custom control panels for OEM drivers in addition to the generic pen image for the Feel Driver, removing selective suspend enablement on I2C devices where it caused an issue, and improvement of the Radial Menu customizations."

The driver is available here: http://us.wacom.com/en/feeldriver/

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UPDATE 8/3/15: With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has once again moved the location of the Wintab driver. It is now found within a collection of other Surface drivers and utilities here

You won't need to download the entire set. Just click download, then scroll down the list of available downloads and select Wintab-1.0.0.18-64-bit.zip .

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Reader Dawn Griffin recently bought herself a shiny new Surface Pro 3. But when she tried to download the N-Trig Wintab driver to enable pen pressure in her Adobe CS 5.5 software, she was greeted by a rude error message.

Although the N-Trig site has been flaky before, this error appears to be different. Microsoft recently completed the purchase of the Israeli company's digital pen technology featured in the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3. The blog post announcement here is unclear whether N-Trig, Ltd. would continue as a separate company.

Judging by the disappearance of its website, it appears that N-Trig is no longer a consumer-facing operation.

When Griffin alerted me that the site and Wintab link were gone, I reached out to Surface Brand Marketer and Community Evangelist Markus Weickenmeier, who scrambled to find a new home for the Wintab download.

According to Weickenmeier, the Wintab driver will be available in the Microsoft download center from now on. "The URL will change with each update, but searching for Wintab will always get you to the latest version." Look for further information soon on the Surface blog.

As more and more software adopts Microsoft's RealTimeStylus model for pen pressure sensitivity, you may never need to install this legacy driver. But if you use older applications, it's comforting to know that Wintab support is still available. 

And even if you don't install it, you may want to download it now and put it away for safe keeping. http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/7/2073C22F-2F31-4F4A-8059-E54C91C564A9/Wintab-1.0.0.17-64-bit.zip

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UPDATE 5/28/14: Some users (myself included) have experienced issues with the official driver. It will periodically turn itself off, disabling the pen. The fix has been to either turn the pen service back on or restart the Surface Pro. Wacom engineering has corrected the issue and the new version is now available for download here:  http://www.wacomeng.com/component/get.php?dlid=1507741624 

The next driver update is expected at the end of June and will feature multi-point calibration and the ability to right click by tapping in the middle of the radial menu. Can't wait!

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ORIGINAL POST

Wacom has just released its new Enhanced Tablet PC driver (also known as Feel IT) for penabled devices like the Surface Pro. The company last updated the driver (version 7.1.2-9) in October. That version had some calibration issues for existing hardware and was incompatible with the Asus Vivotab Note 8 released earlier this year.

The new driver, labeled 7.2.0-4 fixes the AVTN8 issue, and offers some significant additions: a new combined control panel for pen and touch sensors, a single level Radial Menu, an option in the control panel to remove the ripple effect for the pen and a couple of other enhanced features and stability improvements.

The Radial Menu is especially noteworthy as it can be customized with often-used commands and reduce the need for a keyboard with many graphics applications.

Unfortunately, calibration is still limited to four points, but in my tests on a Surface Pro, AVTN8 and Thinkpad Yoga, the calibration seems much more accurate and spots that were previously not accessible by pen (especially along the bottom of the screen where it was difficult to access the hidden taskbar) can now be reached easily.

This is especially good news for AVTN8 users who could not use their pens with software that required Wintab support because the old version inverted x, y values.

The driver's Control Panel item has been relabeled as Wacom Pen. It consists of two tabs, Pen and Radial Menu.

On the Pen tab, you can now configure a second pen button if you have it. There are new Tip Options: Click Sound, Hard Press to Double-Click, Hover Click and Show Ripple Effect. You can also oppen the system's Pen and Touch Control Panel directly from this tab. 

Besides keystroke combinations, Open/Run, Settings and Switch Application may be useful to tablet pc artists.

Besides keystroke combinations, Open/Run, Settings and Switch Application may be useful to tablet pc artists.

I'll show you mine if you show me yours. The radial menu is a new toy for me. Here's my first attempt at customization. Are these the same keystrokes you would map to your pen button? Did I miss something?

I'll show you mine if you show me yours. The radial menu is a new toy for me. Here's my first attempt at customization. Are these the same keystrokes you would map to your pen button? Did I miss something?

I'm excited to play with the new Radial Menu, a feature I've always envied Cintiq users. There are eight slots available, currently populated with six music functions (play/pause, previous track and next track, volume up, volume down and mute) and web browser and email launchers. I'm sure all of you will find much better uses for those eight buttons!

UPDATE 2 (4/22/14): Several of you have already pointed out that assigning the radial menu to a single pen button means you will be giving up a right click button. For the OS and most applications, this is easily remedied by tapping and holding the pen or finger to the item, which will call up the desired context menu. Although this method works with the pen on the Windows 8 Start screen, tapping and holding the stylus doesn't work with Modern apps. For those, you'll have to use your finger. If you'd like to map the right click onto your radial menu, you can use the keyboard shortcut {{Shift} {F10}} to call up the context menu on the currently selected item. Unfortunately, in my brief tests this doesn't seem to work reliably.

UPDATE (4/21/14): The driver is now available for download from the US link. According to the readme, "If you are upgrading from a previous Wacom driver version, uninstall that driver first for best results. Restart the system prior to installing the new driver."

Visit http://us.wacom.com/en/feeldriver/ in the U.S. and http://www.wacom.eu/index4.asp?pid=9281 in Europe.


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