[NTLK] In search of a particular piece of old mac software...

Simon Stapleton simon.stapleton at gmail.com
Sat Apr 19 13:45:50 EDT 2014

An update, for them as what care.

I eventually managed to get hold of a clutch of old Wacom disks and images thereof.  And, with a certain amount of reverse-engineering (including writing the tools to do it), I now have a fully working* adb-usb converter for the intuos tablets, which masquerades as an “equivalent” Intuos 2, allowing use of more-or-less recent official wacom drivers.

Code here : http://www.github.com/tufty/adb-intuos

And a significant quantity of word salad here :


So, that’s another bit of old tech unsteved.


* as in “works for me”, certainly supports my GD-0608-A with standard pen and 4D mouse, equally certainly doesn’t handle any of the other tools (the converter will, in the presence of another tool, hang itself and blink its LED forlornly). 

On 5 Feb 2014, at 10:57, Simon Stapleton <simon.stapleton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello fellow Newtonistas
> I'm in the process of reverse engineering the protocol used by the ADB Intuos tablets.  it's slightly[1] more complex than that for the Ultrapad / ArtZ tablets that I worked out a while back, but I'm convinced it's do-able.  That said, I've been convinced it's do-able for some time - I've been titting about with this, on and off, for a couple of years now...
> Anyway, back in the good old days, when Wacom first announced the Intuos tablets, they had 2 entirely separate series of drivers - the 2.x.x series, which supported the earlier tablets, and the 4.x.x series, which supported *only* the intuos line up until v4.5.5 or so.  Now, I have a copy of one of the "merged" drivers, which I've been working from, but it might be easier (and give more points of similarity) if I could lay my hands on one of the intuos-only drivers.  Wayback machine shows me v4.1.2 and 4.1.3 as being downloadable replacements for the 4.0.x series of drivers (which, I'm guessing, were delivered in-box with the early intuos tablets), but of course it doesn't give me the drivers themselves, nor are the servers pointed to extant (and Wacom themselves have expunged all the old stuff from their current servers).
> So, if anyone out there has a copy of one of these hen's teeth, lying about in a box or installed on an ancient piece of hardware somewhere, I would be extremely grateful to lay my hands on a copy.
> Simon
> [1] "slightly" as in an elephant is slightly bigger than an ant"

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