Remember the cursor? It’s also described as screen pointer, or mouse pointer, or just as ‘the mouse‘ even though most Mac users use a trackpad. Cursor as a term just seems so much like a relic from the 1990s. If you’re ready to bring your Mac’s cursor into the 21st century, here’s the app you need.
Acceleration, Meet Sensitivity
If there’s another Mac utility which does what CursorSense does then I don’t know about it. It’s just that unique. It adjusts your Mac’s cursor by acceleration and density; both, vs. one or the other. It works on the Mac’s trackpad and Magic Mouse and probably on all other pointing devices.
This utility is much admired by Mac users who need very precise and fast tracking speeds on the screen. The Mouse settings in System Preferences can adjust for speed but not sensitivity. Why is that important?
Both are needed for both faster acceleration that avoids extreme cursor movement, especially noticeable on Macs with larger displays, or Macs with multiple displays.
Considering how complicated the blend of acceleration and sensitivity seem to be, settings are rather straightforward.
CursorSense is a welcome relief for Windows PC users who switched to the mac because they lived with sensitivity vs. acceleration. It’s also useful for Mac gamers who need more precise, yet very fast, cursor controls. Mac graphic designers, of course, prefer sensitivity, and CursorSense gives you controls over both to match your needs.
Considering that there’s little competition for such a unique control utility, CursorSense remains affordable, but also comes with a trial version so you can see the value on your Mac.
Now, that brings me to the question, ‘What is a cursor?‘
A cursor is an indicator used to show the current position for user interaction on a computer monitor or other display device that will respond to input from a text input or pointing device. The flashing cursor, where text will appear when typed, may be called a caret. The mouse cursor is also called a pointer, owing to its resemblance in usage to a pointing stick.
Most of us just use the term mouse. It’s the mouse that points and clicks on the screen. But mouse doesn’t account for the nearly 70-percent of Mac users who have notebooks, therefore, trackpads and not a mouse (or, seldom use a mouse; I have one I use on my MacBook when I travel). Onscreen pointer seems accurate enough but bland and seemingly over precise. Cursor works, but sounds too much like WordStar-ish from the 1980s.
What do you use?