I had an issue using my Bamboo stylus with Inkscape. It doesn’t  work properly;  the cursor disappears, lags or freezes, which can be very frustrating, making it hard to use the stylus wtih Inkscape.

It looks like Inkscape only recognizes one type of input device at a time (the mouse or the stylus). In order to make your pen work with Inkscape, try this:

  1. Open Inkscape. Click on File,  Input Devices. A new window will open; you’ll see at the top a  dropdown menu Device: Wacom Tablet Puck Transducer. Next to it is another dropdown menu, Mode; make sure Screen is selected. 
  2. Now, select from the dropdown menu Device the other items listed there and change them also to Screen.
  3. Click on Save and Close.
    It should work at least better now. If this doesn’t work, there is another solution that’s more complicated but may work for you: that is to use a Patch. I tried it and didn’t work for me. But here is the information if you want to try it:

 Close Inkscape if you have it open.

  1. Go to the My Computer Icon on the Desktop and double click on it. Double click on C: and look for Program Files. Click on Program Files and look for Inkscape. Now, look for a file: libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll. Rename this file to libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll.bak (you are just adding .bak to the original name) Do the same with libpng12-0.dll
  2. Now download these these files and save them into the Inkscape installation folder: https://svn.modevia.com/inkscape/devlibs/bin/libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll https://svn.modevia.com/inkscape/devlibs/bin/libpng12-0.dll ; https://svn.modevia.com/inkscape/devlib … ng12-0.dll
    https://svn.modevia.com/inkscape/devlib … -2.0-0.dll
  3. If it doesn’t work, delete those files and delete the .bak that you put in your original files in order to restore them the way they were before.
  4. As I wrote before, this didn’t work for me. I tried it and in the end, I had to uninstall and reinstall my Inkscape. I think I’m just going to wait for the next Inkscape version.


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