QTabletEvent Class

The QTabletEvent class contains parameters that describe a Tablet event. More...

Header: #include <QTabletEvent>
qmake: QT += gui
Inherits: QInputEvent

Public Types

enum PointerType { UnknownPointer, Pen, Cursor, Eraser }
enum TabletDevice { NoDevice, Puck, Stylus, Airbrush, FourDMouse, RotationStylus }

Public Functions

QTabletEvent(Type type, const QPointF &pos, const QPointF &globalPos, int device, int pointerType, qreal pressure, int xTilt, int yTilt, qreal tangentialPressure, qreal rotation, int z, Qt::KeyboardModifiers keyState, qint64 uniqueID, Qt::MouseButton button, Qt::MouseButtons buttons)
Qt::MouseButton button() const
Qt::MouseButtons buttons() const
TabletDevice device() const
QPoint globalPos() const
const QPointF &globalPosF() const
int globalX() const
int globalY() const
(deprecated) const QPointF &hiResGlobalPos() const
qreal hiResGlobalX() const
qreal hiResGlobalY() const
PointerType pointerType() const
QPoint pos() const
const QPointF &posF() const
qreal pressure() const
qreal rotation() const
qreal tangentialPressure() const
qint64 uniqueId() const
int x() const
int xTilt() const
int y() const
int yTilt() const
int z() const
  • 2 public functions inherited from QInputEvent
  • 6 public functions inherited from QEvent

Additional Inherited Members

  • 1 property inherited from QEvent
  • 1 static public member inherited from QEvent

Detailed Description

The QTabletEvent class contains parameters that describe a Tablet event.

Tablet events are generated from tablet peripherals such as Wacom tablets and various other brands, and electromagnetic stylus devices included with some types of tablet computers. (It is not the same as QTouchEvent which a touchscreen generates, even when a passive stylus is used on a touchscreen.)

Tablet events are similar to mouse events; for example, the x(), y(), pos(), globalX(), globalY(), and globalPos() accessors provide the cursor position, and you can see which buttons() are pressed (pressing the stylus tip against the tablet surface is equivalent to a left mouse button). But tablet events also pass through some extra information that the tablet device driver provides; for example, you might want to do subpixel rendering with higher resolution coordinates (hiResGlobalX() and hiResGlobalY()), adjust color brightness based on the pressure() of the tool against the tablet surface, use different brushes depending on the type of tool in use (device()), modulate the brush shape in some way according to the X-axis and Y-axis tilt of the tool with respect to the tablet surface (xTilt() and yTilt()), and use a virtual eraser instead of a brush if the user switches to the other end of a double-ended stylus (pointerType()).

Every event contains an accept flag that indicates whether the receiver wants the event. You should call QTabletEvent::accept() if you handle the tablet event; otherwise it will be sent to the parent widget. The exception are TabletEnterProximity and TabletLeaveProximity events: these are only sent to QApplication and do not check whether or not they are accepted.

The QWidget::setEnabled() function can be used to enable or disable mouse, tablet and keyboard events for a widget.

The event handler QWidget::tabletEvent() receives TabletPress, TabletRelease and TabletMove events. Qt will first send a tablet event, then if it is not accepted by any widget, it will send a mouse event. This allows users of applications that are not designed for tablets to use a tablet like a mouse. However high-resolution drawing applications should handle the tablet events, because they can occur at a higher frequency, which is a benefit for smooth and accurate drawing. If the tablet events are rejected, the synthetic mouse events may be compressed for efficiency.

New in Qt 5.4: QTabletEvent includes all information available from the device, including QTabletEvent::buttons(). Previously it was not possible to accept all tablet events and also know which stylus buttons were pressed.

Note that pressing the stylus button while the stylus hovers over the tablet will generate a button press on some types of tablets, while on other types it will be necessary to press the stylus against the tablet surface in order to register the simultaneous stylus button press.

Notes for X11 Users

If the tablet is configured in xorg.conf to use the Wacom driver, there will be separate XInput "devices" for the stylus, eraser, and (optionally) cursor and touchpad. Qt recognizes these by their names. Otherwise, if the tablet is configured to use the evdev driver, there will be only one device and applications may not be able to distinguish the stylus from the eraser.

Notes for Windows Users

Tablet support currently requires the WACOM windows driver providing the DLL wintab32.dll to be installed. It is contained in older packages, for example pentablet_5.3.5-3.exe.

Member Type Documentation

enum QTabletEvent::PointerType

This enum defines what type of point is generating the event.

ConstantValueDescription
QTabletEvent::UnknownPointer0An unknown device.
QTabletEvent::Pen1Tip end of a stylus-like device (the narrow end of the pen).
QTabletEvent::Cursor2Any puck-like device.
QTabletEvent::Eraser3Eraser end of a stylus-like device (the broad end of the pen).

See also pointerType().

enum QTabletEvent::TabletDevice

This enum defines what type of device is generating the event.

ConstantValueDescription
QTabletEvent::NoDevice0No device, or an unknown device.
QTabletEvent::Puck1A Puck (a device that is similar to a flat mouse with a transparent circle with cross-hairs).
QTabletEvent::Stylus2A Stylus.
QTabletEvent::Airbrush3An airbrush
QTabletEvent::FourDMouse4A 4D Mouse.
QTabletEvent::RotationStylus6A special stylus that also knows about rotation (a 6D stylus).

This enum was introduced or modified in Qt 4.1.

Member Function Documentation

QTabletEvent::QTabletEvent(Type type, const QPointF &pos, const QPointF &globalPos, int device, int pointerType, qreal pressure, int xTilt, int yTilt, qreal tangentialPressure, qreal rotation, int z, Qt::KeyboardModifiers keyState, qint64 uniqueID, Qt::MouseButton button, Qt::MouseButtons buttons)

Construct a tablet event of the given type.

The pos parameter indicates where the event occurred in the widget; globalPos is the corresponding position in absolute coordinates.

pressure contains the pressure exerted on the device.

pointerType describes the type of pen that is being used.

xTilt and yTilt contain the device's degree of tilt from the x and y axes respectively.

keyState specifies which keyboard modifiers are pressed (e.g., Ctrl).

The uniqueID parameter contains the unique ID for the current device.

The z parameter contains the coordinate of the device on the tablet, this is usually given by a wheel on 4D mouse. If the device does not support a Z-axis, pass zero here.

The tangentialPressure parameter contins the tangential pressure of an air brush. If the device does not support tangential pressure, pass 0 here.

rotation contains the device's rotation in degrees. 4D mice and the Wacom Art Pen support rotation. If the device does not support rotation, pass 0 here.

The button that caused the event is given as a value from the Qt::MouseButton enum. If the event type is not TabletPress or TabletRelease, the appropriate button for this event is Qt::NoButton.

buttons is the state of all buttons at the time of the event.

See also pos(), globalPos(), device(), pressure(), xTilt(), yTilt(), uniqueId(), rotation(), tangentialPressure(), and z().

Qt::MouseButton QTabletEvent::button() const

Returns the button that caused the event.

Note that the returned value is always Qt::NoButton for TabletMove, TabletEnterProximity and TabletLeaveProximity events.

See also buttons() and Qt::MouseButton.

Qt::MouseButtons QTabletEvent::buttons() const

Returns the button state when the event was generated. The button state is a combination of buttons from the Qt::MouseButton enum using the OR operator. For TabletMove events, this is all buttons that are pressed down. For TabletPress events this includes the button that caused the event. For TabletRelease events this excludes the button that caused the event.

See also button() and Qt::MouseButton.

TabletDevice QTabletEvent::device() const

Returns the type of device that generated the event.

See also TabletDevice.

QPoint QTabletEvent::globalPos() const

Returns the global position of the device at the time of the event. This is important on asynchronous windows systems like X11; whenever you move your widgets around in response to mouse events, globalPos() can differ significantly from the current position QCursor::pos().

See also globalX(), globalY(), and hiResGlobalPos().

const QPointF &QTabletEvent::globalPosF() const

Returns the global position of the device at the time of the event. This is important on asynchronous windows systems like X11; whenever you move your widgets around in response to mouse events, globalPosF() can differ significantly from the current position QCursor::pos().

See also posF().

int QTabletEvent::globalX() const

Returns the global x position of the mouse pointer at the time of the event.

See also globalY(), globalPos(), and hiResGlobalX().

int QTabletEvent::globalY() const

Returns the global y position of the tablet device at the time of the event.

See also globalX(), globalPos(), and hiResGlobalY().

const QPointF &QTabletEvent::hiResGlobalPos() const

This function is deprecated.

The high precision coordinates delivered from the tablet expressed. Sub pixeling information is in the fractional part of the QPointF.

See also globalPos(), hiResGlobalX(), and hiResGlobalY().

qreal QTabletEvent::hiResGlobalX() const

The high precision x position of the tablet device.

qreal QTabletEvent::hiResGlobalY() const

The high precision y position of the tablet device.

PointerType QTabletEvent::pointerType() const

Returns the type of point that generated the event.

QPoint QTabletEvent::pos() const

Returns the position of the device, relative to the widget that received the event.

If you move widgets around in response to mouse events, use globalPos() instead of this function.

See also x(), y(), and globalPos().

const QPointF &QTabletEvent::posF() const

Returns the position of the device, relative to the widget that received the event.

If you move widgets around in response to mouse events, use globalPosF() instead of this function.

See also globalPosF().

qreal QTabletEvent::pressure() const

Returns the pressure for the device. 0.0 indicates that the stylus is not on the tablet, 1.0 indicates the maximum amount of pressure for the stylus.

See also tangentialPressure().

qreal QTabletEvent::rotation() const

Returns the rotation of the current device in degress. This is usually given by a 4D Mouse. If the device does not support rotation this value is always 0.0.

qreal QTabletEvent::tangentialPressure() const

Returns the tangential pressure for the device. This is typically given by a finger wheel on an airbrush tool. The range is from -1.0 to 1.0. 0.0 indicates a neutral position. Current airbrushes can only move in the positive direction from the neutrual position. If the device does not support tangential pressure, this value is always 0.0.

See also pressure().

qint64 QTabletEvent::uniqueId() const

Returns a unique ID for the current device, making it possible to differentiate between multiple devices being used at the same time on the tablet.

Support of this feature is dependent on the tablet.

Values for the same device may vary from OS to OS.

Later versions of the Wacom driver for Linux will now report the ID information. If you have a tablet that supports unique ID and are not getting the information on Linux, consider upgrading your driver.

As of Qt 4.2, the unique ID is the same regardless of the orientation of the pen. Earlier versions would report a different value when using the eraser-end versus the pen-end of the stylus on some OS's.

See also pointerType().

int QTabletEvent::x() const

Returns the x position of the device, relative to the widget that received the event.

See also y() and pos().

int QTabletEvent::xTilt() const

Returns the angle between the device (a pen, for example) and the perpendicular in the direction of the x axis. Positive values are towards the tablet's physical right. The angle is in the range -60 to +60 degrees.

See also yTilt().

int QTabletEvent::y() const

Returns the y position of the device, relative to the widget that received the event.

See also x() and pos().

int QTabletEvent::yTilt() const

Returns the angle between the device (a pen, for example) and the perpendicular in the direction of the y axis. Positive values are towards the bottom of the tablet. The angle is within the range -60 to +60 degrees.

See also xTilt().

int QTabletEvent::z() const

Returns the z position of the device. Typically this is represented by a wheel on a 4D Mouse. If the device does not support a Z-axis, this value is always zero. This is not the same as pressure.

See also pressure().

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