Apple would have us believe that our Macs contain a measure of magic to make them special when compared to Windows PCs. Yes, we Mac users know there’s magic in Windows, too. We just call it black magic.
We know our Macs are merely well designed and constructed digital devices encased in a classy aluminum shell, and sprinkled with pixie dust so only those with a pure heart can use them. Pure hearted Mac users, here’s even more Mac magic for your trackpad and mouse.
3rd Party Mac Magic Is Free
Aside from the universality of the keyboard, our Macs have three other devices which demand our attention in exchange for a few magical mystery acts of convenience, productivity, and heroism.
Alright, maybe they’re not heroic devices, but they are convenient. And productive. So, two out of three isn’t bad, folks.
You know about Apple’s official magic devices, right? Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and the MacBook Trackpad (I think of it as the original magic pointing device). These devices are akin to the even more popular interface magic in the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Touch, and ye shall receive. How can you make Apple’s magic touch even better? MagicPrefs. It’s more digital magic but without the fear inspiring price tag.
Touching Me, Touching You, Touching It
MagicPrefs is not your father’s mouse pointer or trackpad controls. This is the 21st century and we Mac users of pure heart demand the complexity of modern technology reduced to a graphic representation of what our fingers can do on one of Apple’s magical devices.
Simply put, MagicPrefs gives you a whole bunch more control over your Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and MacBook Trackpad. Not too many to count, but you’ll get tired checking off all the goodies that come in this free preferences factory.
For the Magic Mouse preferences alone, I count nine Clicks and Taps adjustments, eight finger Swipes, and six of the more difficult Drag and Pinch options.
Did I mention that MagicPrefs is free?
For Magic Trackpad users there are four Clicks and six Taps controls, including sliders for Gesture Triggering and Tracking Speed (same as Magic Mouse).
Most Macs these days are of the MacBook line; Pro, plastic, and Air.
Those with Mac glass trackpads get a whole bunch of their own magic for taps, clicks, swipes, and pinches.
So long as you have the latest and greatest, you’re covered with an appropriate amount of magical pixie dust which makes using your mouse or trackpad more fun.
Contortionist With A View To A Kill
More than a few of those options are tricky to pull off. I found it easy to get an officially contorted finger wrist strain trying to match my fingers to those on-screen, graphical displays of clicks, taps, swipes, and pinches.
The only thing missing from MagicPrefs is a cheat sheet; a card with graphics of fingers and locations you can tape to your Mac’s screen so you can see what to touch, where to touch it, and what to click to save time.