I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that eventually I'm gonna have to go with a gaming mouse or just forget about multiple button input devices. It's really going to hurt giving up the 'ol 16 button puck.
My question is: Does anyone use a CalComp CADPro digitizer with Windows 7 and the Vtablet drivers successfully? I can't seem to get past the hardware connection problem; the tablet is a USB (or PS2) device and the Vtablet drivers only support serial interface. So far I haven't found a converter that is female USB to male Serial that will (hopefully) do the trick. Am I just wasting my time thinking I'll ever be able to bring my digitizer along in the future of Windows?
[on a personal note I'd like to comment that I just can't believe that the demand for multi-button input devices isn't more prominent in an application like AutoCAD. I can scarcely operate when I'm forced to use a mouse; all that typing and drilling down menus to find things. Quite unproductive.....]
Mice, keyboards, and numeric pads (like the Nostromo n52) produced for the gaming industry have pretty much rendered CAD-specific input devices like tablet pucks irrelevant. Look around, there's plenty to choose from.
Yeah, I was afraid of that. It's just nice to be able to program the keys from within the AutoCAD menu rather than a button macro. There's just some things that can't be done with your run of the mill macro that are quite easy through the cui interface. I think it speaks more to the 'path of least resistance' rather relevance. Anyway..... time moves on.