Monoprice Tablet: No Pressure Sensitivity


So I’m brand new to Synfig. I just downloaded it today since I’ve been looking for free alternatives to Flash. I seem to have everything else working fine, but unfortunately my graphics tablet’s pressure sensitivity is not working, which is very important to my work.

I went into Input Devices and this is all I see listed:

Neither of these options seem to correspond with my tablet or pen. I tried disabling options which I’ve seen suggested, but the Virtual Core options will not stay disabled, even when the other two options are enabled. I had a similar problem when using my tablet with GIMP and it turned out to be an issue with my driver software, but I don’t think this is the same here.

Basically I am able to use my tablet with Synfig, but it only functions as another mouse with no pressure sensitivity. I do have the Pressure Sensitivity checkbox selected in Drawing mode.

My tablet is a Monoprice tablet, and I’m running Windows 8.1 64-bit.

What makes you think it is not the same problem than Gimp?

Well, to be sure, I just updated my driver (and sure enough there was a newer version), and tried it again. It still works fine in gimp, but I still have no pressure sensitivity in Synfig. It’s also still not appearing in the Input Devices list.

I’ve also repeatedly tried the “Rename settings folder and generate a new one” trick, and that’s not doing anything either.

I use it with both Inkscape and Gimp. It seems to be working with everything but Synfig.

I’m guessing this forum isn’t very active, at least in the technical department.

I just tried uninstalling the program and reinstalling it with my tablet plugged in (which it wasn’t before) in case there was some kind of detection going on during installation that I missed.

Still no luck.

There is not option for us to help you more on this matter because it is a specific hardware problem. We rely on Gnome/Gtk drivers/code to read input from devices so without a physical tablet it is difficult to know what’s happening.
That’s what happen with some hardware vendors that doesn’t collaborate opening their drivers sources to allow free/open source people create a good driver for their programs. Most of the current working drivers on free/open source are coded by reverse engineering. Obviously, that huge effort is only done for popular hardware so not all brands work correctly.

Time to keep a trace of your problem : synfig bugtracker

Ok, so just report it as a bug then?

Update: Nevermind… I’m trying to send the report and I get “Error: null” when I try to post it.

Update Again: I realized I needed to register first

I also discovered that the Monoprice 5x8 tablet is nothing more than a redistributed, rebranded Huion H58L. I went to the Huion website to download that driver, but it seems to be the exact same software, so as you would expect, it still isn’t working.

I have exactly the same problem, also with my Huion tablet, you haven’t been able to fix it yet? Because I really want to complete the tutorial.

Could you please post a screenshot?


After I click on “Input Devices…”:

@AbstractDimensions I know it’s a strange question, but did you try to resize the dialog window to increase its height?

i have tried it, the picture is in fact of the enlarged version

P.S. thanx for helping!:wink:

I’ve also tried doing it with my pen like the wiki says and it works the same so I’m starting to wonder if the problem maybe lies with my Huion driver

Synfig Studio trusts the device handling to Gtk toolkit/library.

I searched about problems with this specific brand, and found this:

Hey sorry I couldn’t get back earlier,:sweat_smile:
it turns out, at least in my case, something wasn’t right with my ‘pen settings’ cos after I changed a few and went back on Synfig and then the ‘input dialog’ thing popped up again but this time with all the things set to ‘screen’, so yea.

Sorry for sending you on a while goose chase, but its been super helpful anyway​:sweat_smile::grin:

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