WACOM Switcher 1.33 jan/15/2007
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    Lightbulb WACOM Switcher 1.33 jan/15/2007

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    This is a program to switch between dual monitors on a single WACOM tablet or cintiq.

    For more info and discussion, go to:

    http://www.tvpaint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6412#6412

    version history

    +: additions
    -: omissions
    #: fixes
    • 01/10/2007 version 1.01...
    • 01/13/2007 version 1.15...
      + FABRICE MODE (used for reversing monitor layouts)
    • 01/13/2007 version 1.16...
      + select where your wacomtablet.cpl file resides
      + shows if Apply button is found during set-combobox
    • 01/13/2007 version 1.17...
      # problem of wacomtablet.cpl file location not being saved in the INI
    • 01/15/2007 version 1.30...
      + Ramming Switch Mode
      + Double-Bump Mode (default)
      + Triple-Bump Mode
      + Interactively adjust width of Switch Zone
      + Interactively set Ramming Velocity and Tolerance
      + New sounds for Ramming Switch Mode
    • version 1.31
      # slight tweak to sounds -- be sure to re-extract and overwrite ALL files with this version.
    • version 1.32
      # problem with utility becoming nonfunctional after setting Ramming Speed
      # problem with glass sounds being played even if sound turned off
      # sounds have 3 modes -- just choose the option to cycle between the modes. off/on/smash
      # made the default settings use Ramming Switch and better preset settings...
    • version 1.33
      # added in "jump-rejection sensing" that rejects large jumps in cursor position (such as those caused by the user lifting up the stylus out of range and then placing it near the edge). If a positional jump is greater than 8x of the minimum ramming speed, it will reject the movement without remapping the monitor.

    INSTALLATION:

    Download and unzip all the files(and .wav files) to a separate directory, something like:
    cprogram files\wacswitch

    USAGE:

    Fire up the wacswitch.exe program to begin

    You might want to toss a shortcut to the wacswitch.exe into your startup shortcuts folder if you want it to run at startup. Remember to set the working directory of any shortcuts to the same directory where you installed the utility.

    The first thing it should do is (hopefully) launch the control panel and bring it to the foreground. It does this by launching:

    Code:
    "%WINDIR%\system32\rundll32.exe" %WINDIR%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL "%WINDIR%\system32\WacomTablet.cpl",Wacom Tablet Properties
    Unfortunately, every time you start up the program, you'll have to click on the tab where you remap your tablet. Maybe in later versions I'll have it automatically cycle through and find the correct tab, but it's a haphazard process right now...

    Okay, you should also see a new taskbar tray icon that looks like a little wacom tablet. If you right-click that, you can access various options (and shut down the app).

    If you're not on an English system, don't sweat it. I didn't forget about you guys!

    Go to the OPTIONS menu and choose:
    1. "Localize Apply" -- this will let you choose the spelling for the APPLY button that you have to hit on the older wacom drivers to apply remapping changes.
    2. "Localize Monitor" -- this will let you choose the spelling for the word MONITOR that appears in the selection widget. For instance, French systems might use the word "Moniteur"...

      BTW... if the first monitor in the list is a CINTIQ, then enter Cintiq instead.

      This setting is not case-sensitive, and can be a partial string!

    Oh yes... If you have your primary #1 monitor to the right of your secondary #2 monitor, (reversed monitor layout) go to Options->Fabrice Mode and turn that option on.

    Now, regardless of your language...

    Go to Options->Set ComboBox

    It will then ask you to click the wacom control panel. Then it'll search through all the visible controls on the window in an attempt to find the combobox with the "Monitor" entries and find the "Apply" button, if it exists.

    If it didn't work -- remember that you have to get to the remapping tab!

    NOW DON'T CLOSE THE CONTROL PANEL!

    Just click the taskbar icon instead and it'll hide the control panel for you! If you need to get back to that control panel, click the taskbar icon again. If you accidentally close the Wacom Switcher app before unhiding the Control Panel, don't sweat -- it will automatically unhide the control panel when you close it.

    All your settings are saved in the wacswitch.ini folder where you installed the program.

    SWITCHING BETWEEN MONITORS

    Hover your stylus near the right side of your tablet -- when you're in range, you'll hear a little "klunk" sound (if you have sound activated). Back off a little bit, until you hear a "plink" and then move the stylus back to the edge. If you did it right, you'll hear a "ping" and the stylus cursor will jump over to the other monitor.

    To remap the stylus back to the left side, redo that same operation, except on the left side of the tablet. Try to get used to this "double-bump" movement. If it suddenly stops working, move your stylus to the center of the screen and try again.

    You can also do double-bumps while dragging the stylus to drag windows and icons from one monitor to the other!

    When you use the mouse to manually move the cursor to either the screen, it will also automatically remap the tablet.

    * if you find yourself accidentally switching a lot, you may want to adjust the Switch Zone Width or use the Triple-Bump mode. (since v1.30)

    ===== New since v1.30 *** RAMMING MODE =====

    This is a special mode that acts when the cursor is "rammed" into the side of the monitor at a high-speed, travelling horizontally. You can set the minimum speed necessary to cause it to switch and set the amount of "angular inaccuracy" allowed using: Options->Ramming Switch Velocity



    *Why I made this tool...*

    I've been using my Cintiq as part of a dual-monitor setup for some time now and it's annoying to have to switch between using the stylus and the mouse every time I want to access controls on the other monitor.

    Well, no more!

    I rigged up a handy AutoHotkey script that can remap the tablet to the other display simply by "bonking" the cursor against the side of the screen towards the other monitor twice in rapid succession. You can drag windows from one side of the screen to the other and never have to use a mouse all!

    Even better is the "Ramming Mode" added in version 1.30 that lets you ram the cursor at high-speed into the side of the display to switch monitors. Later versions 1.33 included "positional-jump rejection" to avoid accidental switching when the user lifts the stylus, moves it a fair distance and then brings it back down near the edge.

    Anyways, I've got it working for the Cintiq, and now it also works for the Intuos and graphire tablets as well as a unified app that you just run in the background and select which tablet you have (for the first time you set up the program).

    See, the program works by leaving the Wacom Control Panel open (it can be minimized in the background) and then the switching app can send the proper commands to the control panel to switch the mapping.

    The utility includes various functions in the options menu to detect where the buttons and comboboxes are and to interactively set the ramming speed and switch zones.

    Last edited by le-mec; May 18th, 2007 at 10:47 PM.

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    wow, this seems really cool. I've got duals monitors but hate splitting my tablet size for both so I just leave everything on my main monitor. Can't wait to try it out.

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    Oh! I forgot to mention! I had developed this tool in conjunction with several other people on the TVPaint forums (they were very willing guinea pigs)... But the program is kinda devoid of a manual at the moment (running a job for a client right now) but you can find out more about the utility here:

    http://www.tvpaint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=753


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    This is great, it has always been really annoying only being able to use the primary monitor with the wacom. Thanks, and good job!

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    this works great! when i found out that naming your monitor name in your
    language was crucial for it to work .
    if you got this done automatically, it wold be great.
    now i can finally use some palettes on my secondary monitor.

    could you please do a install readme file to add to the zip.

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    Does this work for mac as well? If not, will you support it in the future?

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    All the download links are broken

    All the download links are broken

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    Some people stare upon a blank page and see nothing. I see endless possibilities.
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    seems broken again :/
    but this sounds like a great little app, ive been looking something like this for some time now. Thanks alot!

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    This sounds awesome, I really hate having to switch between the pen and the mouse between screens. Can't wait to give this a try

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    woot! just what i needed :-)

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    I noticed the link is broken again (all the ones that are available), so I took the liberty of uploading it to a file hosting site. I hope you won't mind, le-mec.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?3lmbz2jgxdb

    It won't make you register to download, so don't worry about that

    On another note: le-mec, do you have any plans on fixing the tab issue? If not, do you plan no releasing the source code so some of us could take a crack at it? It's a great program, but it drives me nuts when I have to keep changing the settings for the rocker buttons every time I start up my computer, LOL. All in all, thank you so much for making this I thought WACOM would've supported it natively...so you saved me from a hell of a disappointment.

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    can I assign the screen switching to a key or button on the stylus?

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    I don't know but the latest wacom drivers (604.4) will.

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    The file is a windows binary (exe) so no, it won't work on a mac. Pity though, for some of the stuff I used to do it would have been great. I used to go between my laptop and a projector screen, and yeah, splitting it in half was bad - all your movements get out of whack.

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    All kinds.

    (in reference to above post)

    BTW- Neat program, I'll have to remember it when I get a second monitor. I'm curious though, if your two monitors are different aspect ratios can you set the tablet's mapping so that there isn't any stretching on either screen?

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