Tablet Tips masterpost

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One of the most common problems with FireAlpaca has to do with tablets. Some don't get the cursor aligned, some don't have Pressure Sensitivity, some don't even work. Many of these problems can be solved, so I'm creating this post to compile all the tricks that users have found to make their tablets work correctly.

If you want to make a review of a brand (PROS/CONS system), please comment below! I only have experience with Wacom and Huion so far. Please comment if you have a solution for a particular model or brand of tablet, and I will update this post! :hug:


The most common solutions to tablet-related problems are:

1- Update FireAlpaca to its last version.

2- Update your tablet drivers to their last version.

3- Go to File>Environment Setting or press Ctrl + K and check that you are on Professional Edit Mode. Then check that you have Tablet Coordinate, not Mouse Coordinate.

4- If all this fails, sometimes unplugging and plugging your tablet with the program open may help.


PROS:The most widely used. They range from simple and small like Bamboo to display screens like Cintiq. Good quality and reliable tablets that are the role model of the industry.
CONS: Prices can be considered high for the more advanced models.

Tricks: Usually the trick with Wacom tablets is keeping the tablet drivers updated AND uninstall other Wacom tablets before installing a new one (Windows users only).


PROS: One of the several Wacom alternatives, they unite good construction quality, cheap prices, and excellent customer service.
CONS: Sometimes design choices make no sense, and the software can give problems if you don't follow certain installation steps or tricks.

:bulletgreen:GT-220 pen display trick by kotori-chan
This model is basically a very decent Cintiq alternative. However, when I first installed it, I had no pressure sensitivity on FireAlpaca and I found several problems with other programs. This is how I fixed it (Windows):

1- Install the latest drivers (from the website, or contacting the staff by email or facebook) BEFORE plugging the tablet.
2- When installing, I had 2 errors concerning wintab32.dll on system32 and SysWOW64. This controller is super crucial for the system and is used on a variety of programs, which can also block its access by new installers. You cannot simply skip a problem with this controller. After making sure I was having problems, I uninstalled the driver (PenDisplay) and restared my computer.
3- I located the .dll files and attempted cutting them (Ctrl + X) and copying them on a different location for safety reasons. This way, you can always go back to your previous controller if anything goes wrong.
4- One of the controllers appeared to be blocked by Dropbox. I closed the program and waited a few seconds for its process to shut down. Alternatively, you can also shut down the process manually from the Task Manager.
5- Once the two controllers were cut from their folders successfully, I installed the tablet driver again. It worked like wonders and now I get pressure sensitivity on FireAlpaca and CloudAlpaca.
Extra: PenDisplay has a default option called Tablet PC support. DON'T TICK THIS. It gave me endless problems.

GENIUS review by obtusity


PROS: Inexpensive tablets (Genius is known for inexpensive hardware), lots of different models.
CONS: Judging from members posts (I don't have a Genius tablet myself), there seem to be problems with the driver software included in the box for many models. More recent driver software (2013 or 2014), downloadable from the manufacturer's website, seems to have fixed the problems for many users.







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Mundo-de-Bee's avatar

Does this worth for MediBang Paint Pro, as well?