As much as we enjoy the simple navigation of a touch screen on iPhone and iPad, and as much as point and click is so simple and last century, there’s maybe a better way to customize your Mac’s mouse clicks and match your needs to the app. Wait. Is that right. Sure, we can customize keyboard shortcuts, but mouse click shortcuts? Copy that.
Create Mouse Shortcuts, Not Keyboard Shortcuts
All kinds of Mac apps let you customize keyboard shortcuts. Some are launchers, some are utilities; even some apps have plenty of useful keyboard shortcuts.
What we’re talking about here is a way to create mouse shortcuts and customize them to match the apps you use.
Whoa, Nelly! Say it ain’t so, folks. The mouse is last century, right? Everyone knows how to use it.
The problem with the mouse is just that. It’s so 1984. And beyond. Or, rather, whatever is before 1984. Point. Click. Repeat.
How about a mouse click shortcut. That’s what SwiftRing does. It’s an inexpensive Mac app that gives shortcuts to mouse clicks on a per application basis.
Here’s how it works. Install SwiftRing. Hold down the Option key and the SwiftRing ring pops up. Each ring segment has specific actions. Simply roll the mouse pointer over the action, and Voila! It works. No clicking.
Settings for each app can be customized in SwiftRing.
Assign specific keystrokes or shortcuts to a ring segment using Swift Ring’s rather geeky by usable Preferences.
There’s already built-in support for some Mac apps, but you can choose which ones you want and add customized actions where you need them.
The Preferences give you options to create your own Rings for specific apps.
Each of the four areas of the Ring can have multiple options. Simply mouse over the option and it works.
SwiftRing is the kind of utility that would be nice for Apple to build in to Mac OS X. But you have to set it up to work with whatever apps you use, and you assign the actions for each area on the Ring.
Once you set it up, which is a bit cumbersome, well, it just works. And SwiftRing is priced less than a cup of average caffeine at Starbucks.