Still frustrated with Sensel Morph as Graphics Tablet 2 Years Later

Hi. I’ve had my Sensel Morph since 2017. I hadn’t used it in probably a year, but I decided to try it again today. I updated the firmware and tested it using the art software I own (macOS versions): Painter Essentials 6, Art Rage 5, Mischief and Rebelle 3. I used the Morph with the Art Overlay. For a stylus, I used a paint brush and also the rubber-tipped stylus that Sensel sent me back in 2017. However, unfortunately, I’m still frustrated with how well the Morph functions as a graphics tablet.

Painter Essentials and Rebelle didn’t recognize the Morph’s pressure sensitivity at all. Art Rage and Mischief did recognize the pressure sensitivity. But, in general, I found it was harder to control my marks with the Morph than when using a dedicated graphics tablet, especially when lifting the brush/stylus and moving it to another part of the virtual canvas without making a mark. So I’m still very disappointed.

I do love the feel of using the Morph, especially when using it with the paint brush. In general, the tactile sensation of drawing with the Morph feels better and less slippery than using a graphic tablet. (In the past, I’ve owned Wacoms, but currently own a cheaper tablet from a company called XP-Pen.)

However, from my experience, the Morph just doesn’t work well enough as a graphics tablet for me to actually use it as one.

I’m posting this message to provide Sensel some feedback on my experience. I’m also hoping there is still some way for Sensel to improve the Morph’s functionality as an art tablet in the future. I really want to be able to use it, and I spent $257 for it back in 2017 intending to use it as my primary graphics tablet. But it seems like the Morph is better suited for other tasks, such as making music.

Also, if there are other people having a better experience with the Morph as a drawing device, I’d like to hear your experiences.

Thanks,

David M.

Since you ask - I’m having a wonderful experience with the Morph as a drawing/painting device, but that’s because I develop custom software for it. It would certainly be nice for more drawing/painting software to support it better.

…Tim…

Tim, that’s interesting. For whom do you develop the software? It’d be great if Sensel provided such software with the Morph, considering how difficult it’s been (for me, at least) to get it working with other applications.

good to know that ArtRage and Mischief recognise Sensel pressure. I will have to try this out one day, especially with a real brush. Although I don’t expect much, and I don’t have the Art Overlay.

Phil, you’re welcome. It also appears that Mischief is no longer being developed. I just got an email from the company that makes it saying it will no longer be available after December.

For whom do you develop the software?

I develop software for use on my Space Palette Pro (an enclosure with 4 Morphs and a touchscreen), which I deploy as an installation at Burning Man and other events. I also perform with it. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_s2P7gMRm0 for the profile that Sensel did on me/it. A much longer talk (covering my history leading up to it) can be found at https://youtu.be/F9hG0rsFPo8?t=2368 . The system is not publicly available, though it may be someday.

Tim, I watched the shorter video. Looks like fun and it’s very creative. But what you’re doing with the Morph is definitely different than using the Morph as a traditional graphics tablet. I really thought when I bought my Morph it could replace a Wacom out of the box, but it really can’t, even two years later.

@Skylamar thanks for reaching out. We really do appreciate your feedback and completely understand where you’re coming from. We want to make these improvements, though I can’t offer any timelines at the moment. Thank you for being an early adopter and for helping us as we continue to improve the Morph.

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