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APIs in this section provide low level access to Wacom tablet data for various products on various platforms.

Before you continue, you should seriously consider using WILL SDK - for ink. WILL SDK - for ink virtualizes away any hardware dependencies and makes rending easy. Save yourself a lot of grief and use WILL.

If you're working on a signature application, you should seriously consider using the SDK - for signature. The SDK - for signature also virtualize away any hardware dependencies and make rendering easy.

If you absolutely need direct access to tablet features, such as full resolution coordinates, degrees of freedom not supported by your OS (such as the Airbrush wheel or stylus twist), or direct access to Express Keys or such, then the documentation in this section is for you.

Frequent questions:

  • "Can I get the hardware protocol documentation?": No. Whatever you're thinking it's a bad idea. You don't want to do this. Seriously, you really really don't want to do it. Every tablet is different, and the driver in conjunction with the APIs in this section virtualize the hardware away and will make you life so much easier regardless of what tablet is attached. The only possible reason you could have to get the protocol information is if you are implementing tablet support on an unsupported OS (Amiga?) in which case contact us and we'll help.
  • "Can I get the protocol for the Bamboo Spark/Slate/Folio files?":  There you go with the protocol thing again. Are you really going to support three different tablets? Use the APIs. That's what they're there for.
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