I never really had any problems with the functionality of my mouse; that is, until I found out what I was missing. For instance, I was happy with my wired, two-button roller ball mouse until I got my big bad two-button scroll mouse. Wow, what a difference! And the story goes on. After the scroll-wheel came the optical and of course, I now have a wireless mouse with 75 buttons that will get up and make me coffee in the morning. Now, that’s a mouse!
I’m joking of course, but I really do love getting more from a mouse and with this week’s download, I get just that. MouseImp is an application from the Open Source community that adds a few capabilities to your typical humdrum mouse controls. MouseImp doesn’t offer a slew of useless functions, but rather just a couple. But, after only a few times using it, they will seem invaluable to you. Take a look for yourself at some of the abilities MouseImp brings to the table.
MouseImp features save you time and extend useful workspace on your screen. You can evaluate its usefulness by monitoring productivity data.
To scroll a window, you normally have to drag the scroll bar’s thumb or click its arrows. MouseImp offers a better solution. Just position the cursor over the window, use the DirectScroll activation shortcut (right mouse button by default) and move the mouse. You can also slow down the scrolling for better accuracy by using the slow down activation shortcut that defaults to the left button of your mouse.
Many programs offer fast access to basic functions by using toolbars or small windows floating above a program’s workspace. AutoShrink removes toolbars from the screen for your convenience. Only caption bars remain. To access a toolbar, just hover the cursor over its caption and it will be restored immediately.
Three parameters are required to let AutoShrink know what windows to control. These parameters form so called window patterns. They are:
1. Application name. The name an application executable module from a selected window belongs to. For example, msdev.exe for Microsoft Developer Studio or fireworks.exe for Macromedia Fireworks.
2. Class name. This is a so called window class name used internally by Windows. Each window is based on a set of properties known to an operating system as a window class. Windows based on the same class usually behave similarly.
3. Window title. This usually contains text visible in the caption area of a window.
You don’t have to enter window patterns manually. Instead, you use a Finder to locate windows and “read” their patterns. If more than one window is based on the same pattern, MouseImp PRO will apply AutoShrink to all of them.
There is also the possibility of using “masks” to specify window patterns. Any flag can replace any of the three parameters listed above. This allows you to skip checking some (or all) of the parameters when MouseImp PRO is looking for windows to be shrunk and thus, to group windows of different kinds.
To really enjoy and appreciate MouseImp, you’re going to have to use it. Give it a chance to show you how it can speed up some of your more routine tasks throughout the day. If you find that you don’t quite get what the application does or maybe you need a push in the right direction, you can always use the Quick Tour. Right from the main interface, there is a quick tour, so if you don’t know what to do with MouseImp after you install it, you have a reference to walk you through all of the settings.
Well, I hope you enjoy MouseImp. I think it’s pretty neat and it adds some much needed functions to your standard mouse set up. Just yet another step in the evolution of the beloved mouse.
You can download MouseImp here.
~ Chad Stelnicki