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#56212 - 09/17/13 08:20 AM Compatible tablets for ACAD2013-14/CW2014?
RichardD Offline

Registered: 07/18/06
Posts: 40
Loc: TX
My two Summasketch III 12x12 are vintage and the power packs are becoming unstable. Finding parts for these old tablets are few and far. I've found a used SSIII fior $350. I use the tablet for the 16 button features in ACAD.

What has anyone bought lately that is Win7 64bit ACAD 2013/14 compatible?



#56217 - 09/17/13 10:39 AM Re: Compatible tablets for ACAD2013-14/CW2014? [Re: RichardD]
dgorsman Offline

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 1646
Nothing. Tablets are effectively dead in the CAD world. Go to a gaming hardware store/online store, look at their options for mice, off-hand keypads, and the like. Plenty of multi-button devices are available. Yes, you won't have a physical layout of "buttons" to click but with the Ribbon, programmable keystrokes, etc. the only thing you will be losing is the manual tracing option. Even that can be done via Raster Design and other tools.
If you are going to fly by the seat of your pants, expect friction burns.

#56232 - 09/18/13 10:00 AM Re: Compatible tablets for ACAD2013-14/CW2014? [Re: RichardD]
RichardD Offline

Registered: 07/18/06
Posts: 40
Loc: TX
Thanks, received this and a quote for the new tablet.

CalComp VI Model 1212, with 16 button mouse.

The DrawingBoard VI is fully compatible with any Windows operating system, up to and including Windows 8 32/64-bit. However, our tablet driver (TabletWorks 10.xx) is not recommended for use with AutoCAD software. Please review the following information about using the DrawingBoard VI with AutoCAD. Please note that Autodesk is not one of our software partners, and questions about tablet/digitizer support in AutoCAD should be directed to Autodesk technical support.

Beginning with AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD requires a Wintab 1.1 compatible driver. TabletWorks only supports Wintab 1.0, and it is not compatible with current versions of AutoCAD. Please review the below information about setting up your digitizer with AutoCAD:

Remove TabletWorks and install the vTablet driver provided by Digitizer Technology Company. Available at
Your tablet must be connected to your PC using a serial connection. The vTablet driver does not support USB. If your PC does not have an available serial port, we recommend using the Keyspan USA-19HS serial-to-USB adapter.
If you do not have the serial cable and power supply for your digitizer, you may contact our sales staff to order them.
The digitizer should be set to its default configuration setting.
TabletWorks may provide limited compatibility with some earlier versions of AutoCAD. For full compatibility, you should use vTablet.
Please note that vTablet and AutoCAD are third-party software products, and we do not provide technical support for issues with those programs.

I purchased the vTablet 7.11 driver last year to run ACAD2013,Win7 64bit and on my crusty old Summasketch III.

So us dinosaurs out there can still use a new tablet and 16 button mouse.

Thanks for the dialog,


Edited by RichardD (09/18/13 10:01 AM)

#57884 - 02/26/14 09:03 AM Re: Compatible tablets for ACAD2013-14/CW2014? [Re: RichardD]
Mark10510 Offline

Registered: 02/26/14
Posts: 1
Loc: New York, USA
I recently downloaded/installed the vTablet driver for my old SummaSketch III 12x12 (16 button) tablet for a Windows 7, 64 bit maching and successfully integrated all 16 button assignments. Back in business.
One issue I'm having however is that when I power off my computer at night, vTablet Manager loses the device setting. When I start the maching in the morning, the Tablet Manager\Device\Type is set to "SummaSketch III". It has to be set to "SummaSketch III (16 button)" for it to work properly. Anyone know how to get this setting to remain when I power off my computer?
I'm using the digitizer in Autocad Civil 3d 2012.


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