Remote control a PC mouse pointer using Android, like a Wacom tablet?


  1. moeburn

    moeburn Active Member

    I know there are lots of apps that let you remotely control your PC's mouse pointer using your Android phone/tablet, but most of them turn your phone into a 'touchpad', like the pad on a laptop, I believe this is called 'relative touch'.

    I would like to use my phone as a "Wacom" tablet, a graphics drawing tablet, for Photoshop on my PC. I believe what I need is called "absolute touch", where pressing the same spot on the phone always presses the same X/Y location on the PC.

    Anyone know of any such apps?

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  2. NeoGrandizer

    NeoGrandizer Well-Known Member

    I don't think you're going to find anything (for Windows or Mac). It will require additional drivers installed on the PC you want to work with as well. It's not as 'simple' as just installing an app and having it miraculously work.

    In all honesty I don't think you'll find a Windows or Mac version unless someone takes the time to develop the drivers for it. And Wacom already makes it's Companion tablet loaded with either Windows or Android. So they're obviously not going to work on it to push their own products. I, personally, gave up hoping to use my Note 10.1 as a graphics tablet for my Windows PC. I eventually settled with an Intuos5 Small graphics tablet. At least I got it on sale for $200 Cdn.

    On a brighter note, if you are using Linux, you can look into this app:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.bitfire.gfxtablet&hl=en

    The only reason this exists is because drivers exist for it and it is open source I believe.

    Here is the developer page:
    GfxTablet by rfc2822
  3. moeburn

    moeburn Active Member

    I'm pretty sure these types of apps don't need drivers. At least I've used lots of remote control apps, and not one of them ever needed a driver. They just need a server app running on the PC, and a client app running on the Android.

    I never said anything about them miraculously working. Although in my experience, they have worked, just not miraculously. The ones I've found (Splashtop, Teamviewer, etc) all seem to use relative mouse movement, not absolute. I need absolute movement.

    I do have a linux PC, but I'd like to use this with Photoshop, which doesn't work on Linux without a bunch of Wine hacks.

    Thanks for replying!
  4. NeoGrandizer

    NeoGrandizer Well-Known Member

    To get absolute movement, I believe it will require drivers on the PC side to get it done. Even the app that works with Linux requires additional drivers to be installed for it to work.

    Wacom drivers (for example) allow mapping of the screen proportioned to the tablet and size you want. This is why drivers are required; considering not all tablets and monitors are equal (ie. aspect ratios, resolution, etc).

    On desktop, I have the monitor sizing to a quarter of the size of the tablet. Less hand movements and easier to navigate in. But when in an art app, monitor sizing is set to the full size of the tablet.

    I don't think there's any way around that.
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