I love my Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet, and I really appreciate the fact that it just works in Ubuntu. Palm rejection sort of works, but that “sort of” drives me crazy when I’m using the pen and trigger scrolling by resting my hand on the tablet. I couldn’t find a quick way to disable touch input, something that I can do from a nice GUI window in Mac OS.
After searching some tool to do that, I found the very powerful xsetwacom command, and wrote a very simple script that enables/disables touch.
It goes like this:
#!/bin/bash DEVICE_ID=$(xsetwacom --list devices | grep TOUCH | egrep -o "id\: [0-9]+" | cut -d" " -f2) if [[ "off" == $(xsetwacom get $DEVICE_ID touch) ]]; then xsetwacom set $DEVICE_ID touch on else xsetwacom set $DEVICE_ID touch off fi
(should have used awk @line 3, but sometimes I get lazy when writing silly scripts)
Save this file on your user’s home calling it
wacom_toggle_touch and make it executable (
chmod +x wacom_toggle_touch).
Everytime you run the script, it toggles touch on the tablet. Very neat. But I wanted to just have a graphical button to click, so I created a gnome launcher that just does that; here it is:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Wacom Bamboo Touch Comment=Toggles touch on a Wacom Bamboo Tablet Exec=/bin/bash "/home/myuser/wacom_toggle_touch" Icon=/usr/share/icons/Faenza/devices/scalable/input-tablet.svg Categories=Application; Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=0
Name this file
.desktop part is important) and save it to either
~/.local/share/applications/, depending on whether you want all users to access the script or only your current user.
I use the cool Faenza theme for my icons, so that explains the icon path @line 6. Here’s the icon if you don’t want to use the theme but you’re looking for an icon that just gets the job done. Download it to some folder and update the path accordingly in the launcher. Also, be sure to update the path to the script @line 5 (for some reason using
~ for your user’s home doesn’t work, you have to type the extended
When you’re done, drag the
wacom-toggle-touch.desktop file to your Unity bar (I actually use Docky instead, it makes switching between Mac OS and Ubuntu a lot easier on my poor brain) and just click it everytime you want to toggle touch mode!
The same process should work for Gnome as well, just drag the
.desktop file to wherever launcher bar you want (assuming Gnome still has launcher bars, they kind of lost me after Gnome 3 so I don’t know).