Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet comes with a pen that lets you write or draw on the screen using 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. That means you can use art apps to paint digital images directly on the tablet — but soon you may also be able to use the $500 tablet as a graphics tablet for your computer.

The folks at GIMP Usershave put together an app that lets you connect an Android tablet to a PC over WiFi and use it as an input device.

As you might have expected from GIMP Users, the idea is to use the Galaxy Note 10.1 as a graphics tablet for use with the open source GIMP graphics program.


CC image credit: Bernhard Stockmann
CC image credit: Bernhard Stockmann

The app consists of two parts: an app that runs on any device running Android 4.0 and up, and a PC app designed for Linux.

Technically you should be able to use any Android phone or tablet, but the Galaxy Note is an ideal option if you want to use a pressure-sensitive digital pen.

You could also use the Galaxy Note as a remote input device for other Linux apps, but since GIMP can handle pressure-sensitive input, it can take full advantage of the Note’s features.

The apps aren’t available from the Play Store, but you can find links for the Linux driver and app source code at GIMP Users. You can also can check out a preview video of the system in action.

via reddit

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8 replies on “App turns a Galaxy Note into a graphics tablet for a PC”

  1. There are 2 apps support Windows made by Korean,

    Tested with Win7 64bit, connected using Win7 build-in Virtual Router setting, working but no pressure sensitivity in PS CS5.

    S-Tablet 3.0:
    Not supporting Win7 64bit, not working with my virtual router, will try on actual router later on Win7 32Bit. As the website stated, it works with Note I, Note II and Note 10.1.

    Both are intensive CPU usage on my note 8.0, it running on 1600mhz, drain my remaining 20% battery in just 5 mins.

  2. Any plans to write windows support for this? I never really got on with Gimp and I’ve got Photoshop CS3 sitting around. Before someone mentions Wine it doesn’t support CS3 properly yet (the version I have) and likelihood of it supporting Creative Cloud is pretty much zero. So unless Adobe starts supporting Linux my graphics options are limited to Inkscape (which is vector and therefore I can’t see any way it will support pressure sensitivity, which would be a bummer) and Gimp (which I find completely counter-intuitive and hate).

    I like Linux for a lot of stuff but support for Windows would be great (no point in supporting it on Mac as most people with Mac PCs will also be convinced that anything other than an Apple phone or tablet is a cheap ripoff copy – despite ample evidence to the contrary)

    Shame also that there’s no picture feedback on this. Just a black screen on the tablet.

    1. I have a macbook pro and a galaxy note 2, not an apple zombie, just want what works best. I was looking for exactly this, a wacomlike mac functionality.

  3. I wonder how this compares with a Wacom tablet for functionality and accuracy or even one of the inexpensive graphics tablets from Monoprice? The fact that it’s wireless is a interesting feature allowing you to sit with the tablet in your lap in front of your pc connected HDTV if so inclined. .

    1. I seem to remember reading elsewhere that the Note 10.1 (and therefore, presumably, the note and note 2) were built in collaboration with Wacom and I’m totally sure that the s-pen has 256 levels of pressure which pretty much means that, yes, it compares well with a wacom graphics tablet. Whichever version of the note you use. Personally I’d quite like a 10.1 for home and occasional travel use and a note 2 for moving around (note 1 is too slow for my liking from what I’ve heard). Shame I can afford neither. Seriously thinking of saving up for the 10.1 though.

  4. Oh man that’s some seriously added value for some folks.
    Very nice!
    It’s stuff like this that makes me want to give my money to Samsung, come the next upgrade cycle.

  5. Excellent! Versatility and multi usage of one device. I’m looking to use the Note II.

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