FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

ArtRage supports the two common driver standards for Windows, WinTab and RealTime Stylus. This are the programs that ensure the tablet or touchscreen works properly with ArtRage, allowing you to draw with it.

ArtRage also supports the ‘Precise Tablet’ setting: a high resolution input mode that creates more precise strokes.

Normally, Wintab is supported by desktop-based graphics tablets like the Intuos range, and RealTime Stylus is supported by touchscreen devices. However, it is possible for a specific device to be using the other kind of driver, or to be sending bad data that tells ArtRage it supports Precise Tablet mode, or the opposite tablet driver.

If you are seeing issues with the tablet drivers (e.g. pressure issues, freezes, trouble drawing properly, lag, crashes), the first step is to change the input settings in ArtRage. Sometimes ArtRage is getting conflicting information and only a certain combination of options will work.

Open ArtRage and go to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Input Settings.

  1. Make sure that Wintab is ON and Precise Tablet and RealTime Stylus are turned OFF.
  2. Restart ArtRage and test.
  3. If that doesn’t help, turn Wintab OFF and RealTime Stylus ON
  4. Restart ArtRage and test


We also recommend disabling the Windows Ink setting if you are seeing problems, as it can interfere with other programs.

  1. Go to Start > Wacom Tablet > Wacom Tablet Properties > Mapping tab
  2. Uncheck “Use Windows Ink” in the bottom left corner


If you are seeing strange behaviour with the menus, or can only use the menus and not draw on the canvas, or are seeing strange zooming, ‘right click’, or unexplainable behaviours, check Press & Hold for Right Click. This is a tablet and touch input setting that can conflict with tablet drivers and software in strange ways.

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Pen and Touch > Change touch input settings
  2. Disable or enable ‘press and hold’ (whichever it currently is, change it)


If you are still seeing problems after this, you should:

  • Check that your tablet drivers are up to date
  • See if the same problems appear when only using a mouse or in Safe Mode or with your tablet driver disabled (if they do, it probably isn’t the tablet driver)
  • Contact us for help troubleshooting the problem.

Compatible Pressure Sensitive Styluses: Supported Models & Troubleshooting for the old version of ArtRage for iPad

Important!

This FAQ only applies to people still using ArtRage for iPad 1.6. We added support for additional models and stylus features in ArtRage for iPad 2.0. See this page for help using pressure sensitive styluses in the latest version of ArtRage for iPad
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There are currently five different pressure sensitive styluses that are supported by the ArtRage for iPad app. These all use Bluetooth to connect to the iPad.

The Styluses

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

Bamboo Stylus Fineline

Bamboo Stylus fineline

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus

TenOne Pogo Connect Stylus

TenOne Pogo Connect Stylus

Ten One Design Pogo Connect B1 and B2 Two Tip Pack for iPad/iPhone (T1-PCBT-100)

TenOne Pogo Connect Stylus brush tips


Non-pressure sensitive styluses, such as the Sensu brush, do not require any setup or a Bluetooth connection.


Setting up ArtRage to detect a Stylus

You need to tell ArtRage which stylus you want to use so that it can initialize the appropriate system when it starts. To do this:

  1. Go to your iPad home screen and open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down the list on the left until you see ‘ArtRage’ and tap it in the list.
  3. On the right you should now see product options including a ‘Bluetooth Stylus’ entry.
  4. Tap the stylus type (the default is No Stylus) and a list of available styluses appears.

    Note: Both the Bamboo fineline and the Intuos Creative 2 use the setting “Intuos Creative”

  5. Tap the stylus you want to use.
  6. The next time you open ArtRage it will look for the indicated stylus type.


Connecting your Stylus to the iPad:

These styluses connect to your iPad using Bluetooth. In order to use them you must make sure Bluetooth is turned on in the Settings app. Each stylus follows a slightly different approach to connecting. Instructions are provided with the stylus, please refer to those for basic setup information.

Troubleshooting

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Wacom Bamboo fineliner

If you cannot see the Bamboo fineline and the Intuos Creative 2 appearing under the Bluetooth Stylus settings, use the setting “Intuos Creative”. The Wacom styluses all connect under the same setting.

If you are having issues with the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Wacom Bamboo fineliner, please make sure you have updated to version 1.6.5 of the ArtRage for iPad app, as support for these styluses was added in this version. Earlier versions will not support these devices.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Wacom Bamboo fineliner

The normal process for connecting this stylus is to launch ArtRage and press the side switch on the stylus to wake it up. You can see if the connection process is working by looking at the Bluetooth symbol in the status bar of your iPad.

  1. If the symbol is dark grey, no stylus has been detected.
  2. If the symbol is white, a stylus has been detected and is connected ready to go.
  3. If the symbol is flashing the stylus is currently being looked for. The rocker switch on the side of the stylus should also be flashing.


In some situations the stylus may fail to connect to the iPad. This isn’t something that happens inside ArtRage,  it’s happening between the iPad’s Bluetooth system and the stylus itself. If the stylus fails to connect (if the Bluetooth symbol keeps flashing and never goes solid white) you may need to close parked apps and reboot the iPad to clear out the Bluetooth system.

You can find instructions here: How to clear out parked iPad apps.

If you do this, you should also turn off the stylus while the iPad is off. To do that, unscrew the cap at the top to break the battery connection. You can then screw the cap back in to turn the stylus back on.

Touch Pressure Range:

When ArtRage is set to use a Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus in the Settings app, finger strokes will work at around 20% of full pressure so will be smaller than normal. If you are not using the stylus you can turn off detection by returning to the Settings app.

Touch Rejection:

Clicking the top button on the side of the stylus will turn on Touch Rejection, which prevents any painting in the canvas without the stylus. Normal controls can still be tapped with a finger. A note will pop up letting you know that you have turned Touch Rejection on.

If you find you cannot paint with your finger, just click the top button on the side of the stylus again to turn Touch Rejection off.

TenOne Pogo Connect:

The normal process for connecting this stylus is to launch ArtRage and press the side switch on the stylus to wake it up. If the connection process works, the Bluetooth symbol on the iPad’s status bar should be lit up white.

In some situations the stylus may fail to connect to the iPad. This isn’t something that happens inside ArtRage, it’s happening between the iPad’s Bluetooth system and the stylus itself. If the stylus fails to connect (if the bluetooth symbol keeps flashing and never goes solid white) you may need to close parked apps and reboot the iPad to clear out the Bluetooth system. You can find instructions on how to do that in this forum thread: Clear iPad parked Apps

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