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HOW TO USE YOUR REMARKABLE AS A MOUSE INPUT FOR A WINDOWS 10 PC

Background. At work I'm forever using my reMarkable (or a whiteboard) to sketch out ideas. Clearly I can't do that on lockdown, so I've been struggling to articulate my thoughts effectively.

What would be really great is if I could use my reMarkable as an input tool so my scribbles could be seen on the screen during Zoom/Skype meetings.

My work laptop is pretty tightly controlled to prevent viruses, etc, so I can't get the reMarkable Desktop app to work on it, and so LiveView is not an option. I decided I'd buy a graphics tablet to do the job, but clearly everyone else has had the same idea and they are all sold out.

Luckily I came across Evidlo's superb _remarkable mouse_ script https://github.com/Evidlo/remarkable_mouse which enables the reMarkable to control your mouse pointer…

Installing Python

The _remarkable mouse_ tool requires Python (a programming language) to be installed on your computer.

For work I use a Windows 10 laptop, and getting Python onto the work laptop was a bit of a challenge because the default installation settings needed Administrator rights.

If you have Admin rights the default installation should work. For me I needed to do the following:

1. Download the latest Python version - for me it was 3.8.2 - from https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

2. Open the _python-3.8.2.exe_ file (or whichever yours is called)

3. Click _Custom Installation_ [Do not tick the _Add Python 3.8 to PATH] box

4. Then at this section do the following then press _Next_:

  1. Tick _Documentation_
  2. Tick _pip_
  3. Tick _tcl/tk and IDLE_
  4. Tick _Python test suite_
  5. Tick _py launcher_
  6. Untick _for all users_

5. On the _Advanced Options_ section:

  1. Untick _Install for all users_
  2. Tick _Associate files with Python_
  3. Tick _Create shortcuts for installed applications_
  4. Untick _Add Python to environment variables_
  5. Untick _Precompile standard library_
  6. Untick _Download debugging symbols_
  7. Untick _Download debug binaries_
  8. Select an appropriate file location. For me the pre-populated one suffuced, namely:

C:\Users\Your Login Name\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38-32

6. Press Install

Installing _remarkable mouse_

My knowledge of Python is almost non-existant, but I believe _remarkable mouse_ is effectively a package for Python

You can download _remarkable mouse_ by:

1. Start _Command Prompt_ via the Windows Start button 2. You now need to run the PIP tool, which is a package installer. You will need to change the directory to the directory that contains the _pip.exe_ file. For me this is:

C:\Users\**Your Login Name**\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38-32\Scripts

2a. Change directory by typing ```cd``` then the folder name and press Enter:

```cd C:\Users\**Your Login Name**\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38-32\Scripts```

3. Type ```pip``` and press Enter 4. Type ```pip install remarkable-mouse``` and press Enter

Running the _remarkable mouse_ application

The _remouse_ application is typically started from Command Prompt (but we can simplify this later).

The application can be launched with a number of parameters:

- address: This is the IP address of your remarkable tablet, and is visible by selecting Menu | Settings | About and scrolling down to the bottom. For me 192.168.1.27 worked. - orientation: This controls which way the tablet is orientated. For me _left_ works best - monitor: I presume the app can only control one monitor. For me _0_ works - password: This is the password you need to connect to reMarkable. This is found just above where the IP address is.

To do this:

1. Navigate to the folder where the _remouse.exe_ file is. For me this is by typing:

```cd C:\Users\**Your Login Name**\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38-32\Scripts```

2. Enter the following into the Command Prompt (or whichever setting are applicable to you):

```remouse --address 192.168.1.27 --orientation left --monitor 0  --password **YourPassword**```

3. Wait a few seconds then you should see a message saying _connected to_ and your IP address

Using the _remarkable mouse_ application

The remarkable is now in control of the mouse. To move the move, just hover the nib over the tablet by about 5-10mm. To click, just tap where you want. I've not worked out how to right click, but many windows keyboards have a right click button (or failing that press Shift+F10) over where the mouse is.

If your monitor and reMarkable screen are not the same size (in pixels), which they almost certainly won't be, you'll find that part of the reMarkable screen goes outside the monitor's screen. You can either get used to this, or consider creating your own custom template to make it obvious what area of the reMarkable screen you can actually use.

If you write/draw very fast Windows doesn't appear to keep up and so creates loses definition. Slow down and things look much better. Try this yourself by drawing a circle very fast, and then one a bit slower.

To switch off the _remarkable mouse_ tool, simply close the Command Prompt.

Avoid having to type the launch script

You can speed up launching the _remarkable mouse_ application by creating a .bat file which will run your desired settings just from a double click. I've got mine stored on the desktop.

To create a .bat file:

1. Open up notepad then:

  1. Press File | Save As
  2. Select _All Files_ from the _Save As Type_ dropdown
  3. Name your file with the extension .bat at the end, for example:

re_mouse.bat 2. To start the app, the batch command ```start``` is used and is then followed by the path of the folder which houses remouse.exe and then the custom parameters of your choice. For me I used:

```start C:\Users\**Your login name***\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38-32\Scripts\remouse.exe --address 192.168.1.27 --orientation left --monitor 0 --threshold 100 --password **Your password**```

3. I also want to open _paint_ so I can start scribbling straight away. FYI I've found OneNote doesn't work effectively for some reason. To also do this type on a new line:

```start C:\Windows\System32\mspaint.exe```

4. Press Save

Now just double click the .bat file, and then to end it close the Python window that pops up.

The End

Hopefully this has been useful. Thanks to Evidlo for creating this wonderful app.

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remarkable_mouse.txt · Last modified: 2020/04/27 13:27 by dpowyslybbe