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Author's Note: Hey guys! I know you are eager in getting pen pressure on mac but please don't take action until you read or at least scan over the whole thing, because I have edits on the bottom that may be better than the actual method. So basically, read the edits before downloading anything xD Thanks, and I'll see you on the other side [:

I had been looking for a way to enable pressure sensitivity on mac for a longgggggggggg time, for like 5 or 6 months. I had to have tried at least 10 different methods that never worked. I was just about to die trying, but then, on one magical day, I finally managed to get it. It might have not been the absolutely safest risk-free way, but nevertheless it's worth sharing, i hope.

*Huge disclaimer that if you don't buy the softwares below with your own money then it will be considered pirating. It's risky. 

1. Since we will be downloading torrent files from piratebay, we need a software to open these files if you don't already have one. An software that is like this is Transmission. Use the usual Install software steps, and go ahead and open it. You can also use programs like Bittorent and Utorrent, I just used transmission.

2. Install Parallels. I used Parallels 7. Go to piratebay.se and type in Parallels Desktop 7 (Mountain Lion Compatible). There should be only one link, click on it and click on Get this Torrent. Make sure transmission is running. Install it, you might need to enter the serial number although I didn't need to enter it. It's included. (It works with Mountain Lion X3)

*Edit (6/03/14) : Parallels 7 does not work with all versions of OS X, such as Mavericks. Parallels 9 does work, however, and that's probably the better option between 7 and 9. The one I found with the most seeders is "Parallels Desktop 9 Cracked" By GoogleWolf so just search that up and download it. I will be testing that very soon and keep you guys updated! 

*Edit (6/10/14) : Parallels 9 works flawlessly

3. Install Windows 7 as a virtual machine. I guess you could install Windows 8 but for me Windows 7 worked just as fine. Get Windows 7 here-search up Windows 7 Ultimate Fully Activated Genuine on piratebay and click on the one that says Team MJ. Again make sure Transmission is up.

*Edit (6/03/14) : One that I found that had a magical crap-ton of seeders was a Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate. Depending on if you want the 32 bit or the 64 bit, search these up: "Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate (32 Bit)" and "Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate (64 Bit)" on piratebay.se. Both are by Computer-User. (For the 64 Bit one there are two links. Choose the one with the more than 1000 seeders) Will also be testing these out soon and keeping you guys updated!

*Edit (6/10/14) : Windows 7 SP1 32 Bit and 64 Bit both worked like goddamn charms.

4. The downloads will take awhile, so try to distract yourself with other activities to keep yourself busy. You could even pause your download and resume it whenever you want.

5. After they're done downloading, open Parallels and do the usual installation. (Choose "like a PC") If it prompts you for a serial, the serial should be in the TXT file included in the download. Try to find the folder in the Finder and get it from there. If it asks you to login, just close the window.

*Edit (6/09/14): If you don't like your window to look like a Windows window xD Then you could choose Like a Mac. It should not affect the way the virtual machine works, it only affects the way the virtual machine displays things. If you need extra information on this you could go here to help you decide.

6. It should prompt you to install a virtual machine. Use the dropdown menu and if you don't see Windows 7 iso or something like that, choose "Choose an image file…" And find the Windows 7 file you downloaded. Click on it and click Continue, and the virtual machine should start downloading. If you are prompted for a product key number, just uncheck the box that says "This version requires a product key" and continue.

7. After that,  the windows desktop should appear on your window, and the basic stuff after that is up to you. But for tablet pressure to work, first you have in install your software in which you use your tablet for. This tutorial is mainly for Paint Tool Sai, but it might work with other graphics softwares too. To install Paint Tool Sai, make sure you're still in your windows window, and use this link -------> sai.detstwo.com/sai/ If that link doesn't work try this one ----------> www.afterdawn.com/software/gen…

*I personally used a 4shared link, but apparently that 4shared link got taken down. I think those two links are trial versions. Here's another 4shared link that should be the full version -----> www.4shared.com/zip/vRScpB3B/S… You have to create an account, but literally it takes like a few seconds and I don't know, having the account never harmed me. 

*Edit (6/10/14) The above 4shared link works brilliantly for me. If it doesn't for you then I have another link ---> www.4shared.com/file/dvTBfWw_/…

8. Extract Paint Tool Sai and open it.(If you get an error saying something about administrative rights or whatever, close that window, right click on the paint tool sai icon and select run as administrator, and then it should work) You can now use Paint Tool Sai! I realized the reason I wasn't getting pen pressure at first was because I never installed my tablet software onto the windows virtual machine. That's the only way the program can work. So I inserted the installation disc while I was on Windows and installed it.

*Edit (6/10/14) : If you're having trouble letting the virtual machine recognize your installation disc, try opening up the Devices Tab on the top and going down to CD/DVD 1 and check whatever disk drive you have. Mine was MATSHITA as I have a Macbook pro, but it can differ from mac to mac.

9. After that, find the "Devices" tab on the top and find your tablet name in the dropdown menu. It's usually a weird combination of letters and numbers. Click on it, and there will be a glitch on your mouse; it won't move with your tablet pen. To fix this mouse glitch, go to the control panel and find your mouse settings. (I just searched it in the search bar) and on the tab "Pointer Options", check the box "Display pointer trails" and you can slide the bar to short to make it less noticeable. That should fix the glitch.

*Edit (6/10/14) : First time I did this in the Edits method, it did not glitch and the pen pressure didn't work. I'm not really sure what happened but I restarted (twice I think?) And then reconnected my tablet in the Devices menu, and then did the mouse glitch thing, and then the pen pressure seemed to be fine. I don't know if you guys also encountered this issue, it might have been an installation error on my part, but just in case. 

10. And there you have it, open up Paint Tool Sai or whatever program you use and start drawing! Sometimes when you connect your tablet while you have the program on, it won't work, but just close and open the program again and the pen pressure will be fine. Make sure you see your Dock, or whatever your tablet's opening thing is when it's connected, on your Windows window, so you can be sure that the tablet is connected to it.

I use this Windows for drawing purposes only, so I'm not very sure what to do for other programs or how to install them. Remember, this Windows is a virtual machine, so it may not have all the functions of the actual Windows 7, but you can run most Windows programs on it, I can assume >.<

~How to fix the "Not genuine" nags that show up after a week~ (Only for the first Windows 7 link. The one I posted under edits does not have this problem, so far.)

I got annoyed at the nags that always popped up whenever I opened Windows talking about some damn "Windows is not genuine" So I tried a way to stop all that.

1. Go to control panel. Search Windows Update and click on it. Click on "View update history" and uninstall update KB971033 if you have it. I didn't, but some people have to uninstall it in order for this to work.

2. Open an elevated command prompt. (Start, type Cmd in search box and click it. A black window with white words should pop up) Type in this command: slmgr -rearm (Space after after slmgr and - but not between the - and rearm)

3. Exit command prompt. Restart TWICE. YES, I SAID TWICE.

4. Now, the virtual machine should be genuine. You can now set desktop backgrounds as normal and the not genuine notices should leave you alone now. Enjoy (:

Edit: You can basically only do it a certain amount of times before you run out of rearms, so I highly recommend using the edit Windows 7 link I posted.

So now pen pressure should work on your mac, the only hassle is that you have to open up parallels every time you want to draw, but hey, the pen pressure is worth it. Also, you have to reconnect your tablet every time you want to draw (The "Devices"--> Your tablet name thing) and then your pressure sensitivity works.

Again, if something does not work or the link gets removed/outdated/whatever, leave a comment below or you could even send me a note and I will try to help you as soon as possible. 

*Keep in mind that I'm not a master of the computer. I'll try my hardest to help you on whatever you have trouble with, but sometimes I just can't help you. Hope you guys understand >.<

Happy Drawing :]

EDIT: Yes, I put up a website with non-torrent Windows 7 files earlier, but those links all required a serial number. For anyone who has a serial number, it's techverse.net/download-windows… but for anyone who doesn't, the only way that I know of currently to get the Windows 7 file is the torrent download. Unless of course, you get a cracked serial code or something, but I'll be honest I don't really know how to do that.....

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karo-oats Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Oh wait i'm sorry i skimmed through your article again and did a quick google search (im running low on time atm) 
and I saw that you literally have to download WINDOWS on your mac to get sai???

I don't know much about it and i dont have anything like snow leopard or mountain lion (i think?) but if i buy the programs would i be able to get sai easily? :((
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LunardreamerEmy Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Sai doesn't have a compatible version for mac that has pressure sensitivity, so sadly we do have to run windows on the mac. It is pretty burdensome but to my knowledge there isn't a version of sai that can run on mac and also has pressure sensitivity. 

And if you buy which programs? Parallels or snow leopard/mountain lion? Usually the normal OS can work with the windows virtual machine too.
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karo-oats Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I have a macbook pro version 10.6 and a wacom companion hybrid.... will Paint Tool sai work in any way with these two??
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bunnyluvable Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I own a pretty old mac that runs snow leopard (10.6) and parallels 9 isn't working for me.
Do you know of any others that will run with an older software?  
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LunardreamerEmy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Ohh, you run snow leopard. From what I recall, I believe parallels 4 is able to run with snow leopard. Just tell me if you want to find your own link or if you want me to find and test a link for you, it just might take a little longer if I test it ^^"
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spitz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Thank you so much, this was incredibly helpful and definitely worked flawlessly!! :3 Feels great to have SAI again -- I considered it the only downside to my Mac, but now it's not a problem anymore. ^^


My only question is: some of the keyboard shortcuts don't work, particularly rotating. Any way to fix that? :3
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LunardreamerEmy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
I'm really glad I was able to help ^^'

By keyboard shortcuts do you mean on SAI or on the actual, like, rotating the screen?
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spitz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Yess, you helped soo much! I am very grateful. (:

In sai -- some of the shortcuts work but not always and not all of them. ;o;
The only one I really care about, though, is the rotation feature in sai.
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LunardreamerEmy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Ah, really ? could you remind me what the rotation shortcut is? I never really use it but if I knew the shortcut maybe I could find a way to make it work
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spitz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Sure thing! The the shortcut for canvas rotation is usually the 'delete' key. It also doesn't do zoom in or out for me (ctrl + + or ctrl + -)
It's really not a huge deal if they don't work, so no worries! but it would be even better if they did!
I'm also using a wireless keyboard, not sure if that could also be part of the problem?
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