Apple, the company which revolutionized the computer’s user interface with the mouse, now wants to kill the mouse. How else do you explain the trackpad?
Every Mac notebook has a trackpad. Point, click, pinch, twirl, swipe, slide. One thing Apple can’t kill is the onscreen pointer. Apple also hasn’t done much to improve the pointer, either. Here’s the best Mac mouse pointer ever.
Mouse Pointer? Or, Something Else?
Even if you’re using a trackpad on your Mac notebook, do you still call it a mouse pointer? Or, is it something else? Screen pointer? Cursor seems too 1990, and is stuck on text.
Just for the sake of argument, and because I have an ulterior motive, let’s just call it the mouse pointer.
It’s that onscreen pointer thingy you control with your mouse. Or trackpad. Or brainwaves, if you’re really, really geeky.
Aha! Apple calls it Cursor Size, and there’s a nice size changing slider bar in System Preferences > Universal Access > Mouse tab. But the same control doesn’t exist under the Trackpad control, so, it’s official, it’s a Mouser Cursor. Pointer. Thingy.
Alright, the stage is set. Mouse pointer it is. It hasn’t changed much on your Mac since way back in the last century. Mac OS X Lion gives you official, Apple-sanctioned options to change the mouse pointer size.
HotMouse Rocks & Rules
HotMouse is an inexpensive Mac app that brings a bundle of five effects to your Mac’s screen. You’ve never pimped up your Mac’s mouse pointer like this.
What’s all the excitement look like?
Exciting, right? Best mouse pointer ever? Sure. If your criteria is the following list of unique features.
- Fire – stream flames across your screen which follow the mouse pointer
- Grow – the basic giant pointer (for those with eye problems)
- Decal – attach any image to the back of your mouse pointer
- Attractor – a streaky particle system for the sci-fi crowd. Or is it, SyFy?
- Trails – the classic mouse pointer effect, yet different
It’s like having some kind of drug-induced episode while using your Mac, but without the expense, the drugs, the hangover, or the addiction.
Alright, I’m sure there won’t be an addiction.
HotMouse is pure eye candy, digital entertainment while you work. There’s no redeeming value that I can see, except maybe #5 which makes the cursor ugly large but large enough to see.
On the Mac App Store, HotMouse averages four stars, which means it is even cooler (or, hotter) than I described, or all the app developers relatives and family members love it, too.