Why? Sometimes the mouse’s battery dies. Sometimes the trackpad goes wonky. Sometimes both just are not as pixel perfect precise as I’d like the to be. And, depending upon the app you’re using at the time, being able to move the mouse around without removing your hands from the keyboard is a big time saver.
How do you do that?
The Keyboard Mouse
Sorry, but I’m obliged by the OCD gene inherited from my mother to point out that the pointer we see on the screen isn’t the mouse. In fact, for most Mac users, it’s not even the mouse pointer, since most Macs these days are notebooks which work with trackpads. It’s the onscreen pointer. But for purposes of clarity, let’s stick with mouse pointer.
Keymo is the cleverly designed utility which makes the mouse pointer move on the Mac’s screen without using either mouse or trackpad.
Is that possible? Not only does it work, it works very well. Setup some keyboard shortcuts and you can invoke the mouse on the screen to move in any direction, even accelerating over large numbers of pixels.
Controls are straightforward and you control keyboard shortcuts for each movement.
Basic actions include the obvious Move, which takes the mouse pointer in a particular direction. Then there’s Move by Division which lets you move around the screen quicker by dividing the screen into sections (this one takes a little work and a helpful movie to understand).
Move to Edge or Corner is obvious, too, and allows the mouse pointer to jump to the edge of the Mac’s screen. And, for those Mac users so blessed with multiple displays, the Move to Other Display function does what you think it does.
The question to ask is, “Who needs this?” That was the same question asked by computer users the first time they saw a Mac with a mouse. In this case, there are two main groups of Mac users who will benefit immediately. First of all, those Mac power users who know that hands on the keyboard instead of the mouse or trackpad is the road to greater productivity and efficiency. Secondly, those Mac users with special needs to actually have physical difficulty controlling a Mac by using mouse or trackpad.
Keymo is fully utilitarian in nature but not completely devoid of a little eye candy. Built in a simple way to find the screen pointer (works similar to the shaking mouse pointer in OS X El Capitan).
That works so well I consider it worth the price admission all by its lonesome, but Keymo is priced right and works well for the intended Mac user.