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Inkscape: Wacom Bamboo Fun

📅 2009-Dec-30 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

I bought my Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet more than a year ago. And from that time until now, it has never worked with Windows applications built with GTK+ like Inkscape and GIMP. The mouse cursor would freeze up the moment it entered the application window!

There seems to be some fixes in GTK+ now to ameliorate this situation. To fix this problem for Inkscape:

  1. Update Inkscape to the latest version.

  2. Download GTK+ 2.18 or later for Windows. Unzip the setup file.

  3. Replace libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll in C:\Program Files\Inkscape with the same file from GTK+.

The Wacom Bamboo Fun mouse and pen should work fine with Inkscape now. Sadly, this does not fix GIMP to work with Bamboo Fun! ☹

Update: John Burnett has suggested an alternate solution that should probably work. Please see the comments below.