You Probably Don’t Need To Throw Away Your Own Old Wacom Tablet Just Because You’re Using A New Version Of Mac OS
Wacom tablets, and particularly the older ones, tend to last for long. They can withstand a lot of wear & tear for up to 10 years, if not more. Some artists prefer to keep using their older tablet, not because of the lack of money, but because they are comfortable with it. That goes for tablets like Intuos3 & Intuos4.
Then there comes the issue of not having a suitable driver for a modern version of Mac OS, which is sad, since it’s silly to have to throw a fully-working tablet just because of the lack of a driver. That’s why I am sharing this method with you, which I hope will breath a new life into your tablet, while still being able to use a newer Mac OS.
Full credit for sharing this method goes to Visual_Anything from Reddit. Who gave me the permission to share it in this blog as well, which I hope it reaches many more people.
Quickly go to:-
1- First, download an older version of your Wacom tablet, you can find the different versions in here. . Look for the suitable driver in Drivers for Previous Generation Products.
You can also find an older driver version by clicking the Show Older Drivers.
2- Simply start the installation process, and continue with the steps, just as usual.
3- Once the installation is done, you will be prompted to restart your computer, don’t do that. Instead, just force quit the driver using the following steps.
4- Right click on the driver icon in the dock, you get the following menu.
5- Hold the options key (also known as the alt key) on your keyboard, the “Quit” option will turn into “Force Quit” instead. Click on it to quit the driver.
And that’s it, if things went right, you will have your old Wacom tablet fully working for you.
A small Caveat on this method
While the method explained in this post generally works, there’s a chance that the tablet to stop working once you restart your Mac. Depending on your Mac OS version. The method is still worth trying, as it could work perfectly for you.
Connect My Tablet (Mac App Store)
One interesting way to connect an older tablet, suggested by tg, is to use an App from the Mac App Store called “Connect my tablet”, this app allows you to connect an older Wacom tablet to a new version of Mac OS. This app is not free, but it can be a good way to breath a new life into your already good tablet.
I have lost the count of the times I had to stop using a device just because of the lack of an updated driver. So it’s always nice to learn tricks like that whenever possible.
The method I share here has been tried with an Intuo3, and it worked well for Visual_Anything. If you tried it with another old Wacom tablet & it worked please share your experience in the comments section.
I hope this post solved your problem, and have fun creating your art. ^^
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