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GfxTablet Android app to draw in GIMP now available in Play Store

By at 2013-01-27 14:44:36 UTC, last updated almost 9 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GfXTablet in the official Play store GfXTablet in the official Play store

The Newtork Tablet is loadedin GIMP The Newtork Tablet is loadedin GIMP

The settings dialog inside the app where you enter your desktop PCs IP address The settings dialog inside the app where you enter your desktop PCs IP address

Last week we released the first prototype of our android app that allows you to use your android device as a graphics tablet to work in GIMP and other programs. We’re pleased to announce it’s arrival in the Play store!

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First of all: thank you for the tremendous positive feedback! We were really happy to have made something that is so appreciated by the community all around the world.

Free download / more simplified usage

We’ve very much simplified the usage of the app on the desktop now. Thanks to Peter Hutterer (working for Red Hat and is responsible for all kind of XOrg input drivers), who informed us that an Xorg driver would not be a good choice for what we tried to achieve, we moved from an XOrg driver to an easy-to-use uinput driver (which is a kernel module for user-mode input drivers). The new uniput driver is also available as a binary file which can be run “on-demand” when you want to paint with your tablet. And when done just close the terminal/program. You don’t even need to restart your computer or compile anything (although it’d be only a 1-line compile). So basically you only need to connect your tablet via WiFi, run the binary on a terminal, then run the app and you can start painting in GIMP (for example!).

Well, besides that we fixed some bugs in the app (thanks for the bug reports on github), paid the google play store fee and made it available there. You can now download it and receive updates easily. Look for GfxTablet, which is the name of the app now. The App is totally free. If you want to support us you could send a donation on PayPal

Open source development

If you know anyone that can make a driver for Windows or Mac, or if you just want to enhance the app please feel free to join the development!

Official project website (installation instructions)
GfxTablet @ PlayStore


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hey how to set input device in gimp
over 4 years ago

tablet is registering input in terminal, but not showing up in input devices list in GIMP. any ideas on how to fix? i'm guessing GIMP needs to know where the driver is running from.

devvv member for over 15 years devvv 1475 comments
almost 9 years ago

The app and driver have been updated. Please update them. The old driver will not work with the new version. We fixed some bugs, and it is now no longer important in which order you start app and driver. should work in every case.

deadwood member for about 9 years deadwood 6 comments rated this topic with 5/5
almost 9 years ago

Just awesome guys! Works really smooth. It's running flawless without any lag or something. You need to get to learn to paint on the tablet and look on the PC though but it's getting better everytime I use it! Thank you thank you thank you (Galaxy Note 2 with Pen)