These folks have the best of everything Mac; multiple displays, extra hard disks, SSDs, loads of RAM, and all the accoutrements of being a professional in need of professional tools. Here’s a Mac utility that many of them use and most of the rest of us do not.
Steering Your Mouse Professionally
One of my cubicle mates, a close friend who works on the same floor of our company’s cubicle farm, has a utility I’ve used but had difficulty appreciating.
Apple’s Magic Mouse comes with a few extra control settings which simply are not good enough for my workmate and friend.
If you’re a mouse user, check out the limited Mouse settings in System Preferences on your Mac. What do you see?
Smart zoom, swipe options, Mission Control, and a few scrolling and right-click options.
Mac users who really need control over the mouse’s tracking, buttons, and speed use a non-Apple utility called SteerMouse.
When I first heard of SteerMouse I had thoughts of a mouse with Texas longhorn-style horns. It’s not. SteerMouse doesn’t even work on Apple’s Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. It’s purely a third-party mouse tool.
Setup is straightforward but usage is an acquired taste.
Use SteerMouse to gain more granular control over screen cursor movements and scrolling, ‘snap to’ for dialog box options, as well as use it to setup specific shortcut keys implemented with a mouse click.
It even switches windows between apps, and gives you full control over modifier keys.
Wait. Is that right?
SteerMouse doesn’t support Apple’s own Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse? That’s because many of the Mac-using professionals move on to input devices with more options, and more ergonomic design than the mundane supplied by Apple.
The SteerMouse site even has recommended devices that work with the utility, including those from Microsoft and Logitech. This is a cool tool that many Mac-using professionals love, but for the rest of us it’s an acquired taste.