Art & Design

Solutions for: I downloaded the Wacom bundle for OS X but now I have Windows! Help!

I started writing this in response to someone asking for help with this, but my reply got so long I thought I’d just make it a post.

The Problem.

  • You downloaded the Wacom tablet bundle which was appropriate to your system at the time.
  • Your system crashed/broke/failed, essentially just died a horrible death.
  • You bought a new system but now your old downloads are not compatible with your new system.

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Bad News first…

I am sorry to be the bearer of ill news, but you can’t switch between dmg and exe downloads.  The choice you made on your first download is fixed and permanent.  The reason being (apologies if this is obvious) that the software is provided by separate companies (not Wacom) and therefore the license agreements are for one piece of software. It would be like buying Adobe Photoshop Elements for OS X and expecting Adobe to send you a Windows version when you get a new PC.
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The Good News.

So that option is not open to you. However, I do have some advice as to what I would do in your situation. These are my solutions in order of preference (^-^)
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1. Set up OS X on an external drive
External drives are really cheap now. I have a backup clone of my system on one of mine. The drive is about 1TB cost me £60-70 and that was a few years ago. I think the OS X partition is about half that…
I personally would just buy a copy of OS X from Apple (Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion are only £14 now). I would recommend Snow Leopard as it is widely considered the most stable of all the OS X systems and it takes up the least install space. However, you should buy what is best for you. But there is a link below just for reference.
http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
You can find tons of tutorials about how to install OS X on to an external drive.
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2. Try using a virtual machine
I have used VMware on my Mac to successfully run several virtual Windows systems (obviously my tablet worked fine too) so I would recommend it (although I haven’t tried running OS X on a Windows system). But I know there are many different virtual machines for Windows you can try for free. VirtualBox is one I have heard good things about but I’m afraid I’ve never tried it personally.  Nevertheless, you would (again) be able to find tons of info on the internet about setting up an OS X system using Virtual Box. You would again need to purchase the OS X system, but what is £14 in the grand scheme of things?
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Note. An alternative to buying OS X, if you know someone with a Mac…
If you have owned a mac which died/stopped working, you legally own a copy of OS X, which through no fault of your own you now cannot use.  Therefore, if know someone with a working Mac you could just ask them to download the newest OS X (currently Yosemite) on to a USB for you, as technically it would be available to you if your mac was working. It is free after all. I think it is about 16GB (or possibly more) so you would need a suitable USB stick (or external drive partition). You would need to format the USB first, but that can all be done using Disk Utility. As ever, there are loads of walkthroughs on how to do this. In fact, it would be easiest to actually install OS X on the external drive using the Mac too, by booting into the Boot Manager (hold down Option when you hear the chime). Just remember NOT to click install straight after you have downloaded the installer as this would probably wipe the Mac you are using!

Once you have one of these up and running, simply redownload the bundled programs and install (of course you’ll need to install your tablet drivers etc).  It should all work fine.
Both these solutions would also work the other way (although you would have to buy Windows unless you have an install disc lying around. I have an old XP disc. Classic!). As I say, I have used VMware on my Macbook to run Windows and used my tablet (yes, with pressure sensitivity) so I know that it can be done.

But yes, that’s all from me. Hope this helps. Any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I do try and get back to people eventually…
Good Luck (^-^)b

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How to add Brushes, Scripts and Presets to GIMP

A few days ago I realised I hadn’t reconfigured my GIMP app since reinstalling my system.  And as I was adding and installing the extras to GIMP, I remembered that it was pretty confusing the first time I tried to figure this out.  So here’s a quick post on how to install brushes, scripts and presets in GIMP if you are using OS X.

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Where to download Scripts for GIMP

You can download scripts all over the internet but this is a pretty good starting point:

http://registry.gimp.org/taxonomy/term/20

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Where to download Brushes for GIMP

You can download brushes all over the internet too, but I recommend Continue reading

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Quick Query Response – Re: silver Bamboo tablet matching the Macbook Pro’s colour

I don’t know why WordPress.com doesn’t let you post pictures in the comment replies section. Perhaps I’m just not doing it right.  Oh well. 

In response to your question about the colour of the silver Wacom tablet matching the MacBook Pro, I would say:

Yes! It matches pretty much perfectly.

Unfortunately, my Macbook Pro is away for repairs after a complete hard drive failure -I am getting it fixed by Apple for free as it is under Apple Care and they admitted that the way it failed was clearly a mechanical failure- otherwise I would send you a picture of how well it matches.

But I have done the next best thing! I have borrowed my friend’s Macbook Air (which is the same colour as my Macbook Pro) and taken a few pictures of them next to each other.  I would say that the tablet is a miniscule fraction darker but it’s an almost indistinguishable difference.  But have a look at the photographic evidence, and see what you think.  It’s also useful if you want to check the size (this is a 13″ Macbook Air). Continue reading

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A Decent Colour Wheel for Adobe Photoshop

Thought I’d post this up quickly as I had to do it for someone recently.

I have been told that Photoshop does actually have a colour wheel somewhere but I couldn’t find it.  In any case, the general online consensus is that it is not worth the time it takes to find it, being completely and utterly deficient on so many levels.  And the fact that there are so many payware programs available which provide a colour wheel suggest that I am not the only one who has tried to remedy this.

So I had a quick surf around and came up with this:

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 22.02.34 Continue reading

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Using Preview as a Handy Image Editor

Personally I never use iPhoto. For me, using iPhoto is like bashing my head repeatedly against a brick wall. Gods forbid that something straightforward like organising my photos into simple user-friendly folders should be anything other than incredibly fantastically complicated!

Anyway!

Having tossed iPhoto back unto the blackest pit from whence it came, for any image editing needs I use Preview instead. Of course for complicated graphics and painting related image editing I use GIMP or MyPaint or similar, but for easy tasks Preview works just fine. Preview is simple, straightforward and user-friendly which is all I ask. Continue reading

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How I Chose my Wacom Bamboo Tablet + Thoughts after 3 weeks of using the Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch

About a year ago I decided that, although I am not a professional artist, I was ready to take the next step and purchase a graphics tablet.  But as graphics tablets are a rather expensive treat (especially in a time of recession) I decided to spend a year saving for it.  I therefore had a looooong time to do my research. 

To all those who are trawling sites and forums sifting every single dreg of information they possibly can:

I have been there, I have done that, and I have got the T-shirt, or rather, in this case, the graphics tablet. 

My first problem was that I didn’t know anyone who had a graphics tablet so I didn’t really know where to start.  So after reading countless recommendations for “first tablet” “tablet for beginners” “tablets for amateur artists” etc. I found that overall the Wacom Bamboo series had the most recommendations. 

But here I encountered my first problem.  I found that the highest number of recommendations within the Wacom Bamboo series went to the Bamboo Create, the Bamboo Capture, the Bamboo Pen and Touch, and the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch (small and medium versions). 

But nowhere could I find any people who reviewed the Bamboo Create AND the Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch!!

It seems silly that I did not make the obvious connection at the time, which is, of course, they are the same graphics tablet!!!  Yes, it’s true.  The bundled software may be different but the tablet and its features are the same.  Continue reading

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Information About the Wacom Bamboo Series

Firstly, if you are looking for an account of how I chose my Wacom Bamboo tablet from the Wacom Bamboo series, or a review of the Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch/Create, please read my post here.  If you are after a guide to registering and downloading the software bundled with your tablet please read my post here.

This post covers the differences between the various Bamboo tablets, the meaning of their product codes, and their equivalents worldwide.  This is a post informing you of the differences between the tablets, not a review of them.

The information here has been gathered from many sources including the official WACOM website.  Most of what I have written here can be found on the WACOM site in bits and pieces.  Mine is a more comprehensive and explicit summary of what is written there, on other websites, and in forums and customer reviews. Continue reading

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Free Art and Design Software for OS X

I am a firm believer in not paying ridiculous amounts of money for programs. I don’t think that any program, even for graphic design, is worth over 600 pounds.  I mean, you should just buy a new computer or something for that sort of money.  Not mentioning any names of course…. *cough*Photoshop*cough* …. There are countless downloads and hacks for programs like Adobe Photoshop but I don’t believe that resolves anything.  So I use freeware and opensource programs.  There are far fewer free programs available for OS X than for Windows.  However, here are few art and graphics programs which I think are worth considering. Continue reading

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