Sure, I know my way around a Mac, but I’m not lazy. I’m experienced. I look for Mac apps that help reduce my daily workload, make me more productive, save me time, improve my complexion, and help with weight management.
For Mac users, beyond the keyboard, which Mac device do we use the most? It’s the mouse, right? How can you make left-click or right-click more productive than just a click? You can.
Lazy Me vs. Efficient Me
Though I’m an experienced Mac user I also dabble with Microsoft Windows (it’s like dabbling with the Devil). Much of Windows was simply lifted from Mac Classic or OS X so familiarity is easy to come by, right?
There’s one nifty feature in Windows that I love to pieces and wish Apple would put it into OS X Mountain Lion.
It’s a setting which makes the mouse pointer snap to a default button on a dialog box.
Seriously. Handy. Simple. Elegant. And it works. Instead of moving the mouse pointer to the default button to click, the pointer is already there when the box pops up. I like that.
For Mac users, there’s LazyMouse, which mostly does the same thing.
Settings are simple. Choose where you want the mouse pointer to snap to. Have it return to the original position. Exclude specific apps.
And, my favorite function—have it play a sound when the mouse pointer is moved. That makes LazyMouse worth the nominal price tag.
Get Magic Trackpad Functions On Your Mouse
While every Mac mouse has an on-screen pointer, not all are magic. Unless you use Apple’s highly recommended Magic Mouse. It’s the one with a mouse trackpad which works somewhat like a Mac notebook’s trackpad.
MagicPrefs is a free Magic Mouse trackpad enhancement app. Think of it as a Magic Mouse that’s been given illegal performance enhancing drugs. Do you like tweaking preferences? Here’s your newest toy.
The entire surface of the Magic Mouse can be given specific functions.
There are Clicks and Taps that use one, two, three, or four fingers. Any more fingers and you’d be using two hands and a neighbor kid to control your mouse.
Taps take it further with one, two, three, and four finger taps for specific functions.
Even scrolling speed and motion has preferences.
MagicPrefs has preferences for mouse Tracking Speed, mouse Touch Sensitivity, and a great graphical display so you can see what each function does.
Drags, wipes, swipes and clicks are everywhere when using MagicPrefs. It’s nifty and cool to do more but it’s complicated enough that a night class at the local community college might be required to learn to use every function.
LazyMouse does one thing and comes with a price tag. MagicPrefs does 187 different functions that might contort all the fingers on both hands and it’s free. Go figure.