WarMouse and OpenOffice have introduced an alternative multi-button pointing device. The $75 OpenOfficeMouse features 18 buttons, an analog joystick and support for up to 52 key commands.
"You can do far more with this [device] than most people are likely to realize at first," explained mouse designer Theodore Beale. "You can launch applications from the desktop and in your browser you can fire up a specific Internet site with one button, then close it with a double-click on the same button."
According to Beale, OpenOfficeMouse simplifies the execution of commands in both applications and games.??
"In Writer and Calc, you can have your most powerful and complicated macros on one row of buttons and simple functions like bold, undo and format cell on another," said Beale. "In games like World of Warcraft - even without taking the joystick into account - you've got 16 commands within one click, 40 within two and all 72 icons on the six action pages within just two double-clicks or less. "
Additional OpenOfficeMouse specs include:??
- 18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality.
- Three different button modes: Key, Keypress, and Macro.
- Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with optional 4, 8, and 16-key command modes.
- Clickable scroll wheel.
- 512k of flash memory.
- 63 on-mouse application profiles with hardware, software and autoswitching capability.
- 1024-character macro support.
- Open source support software for creating, managing and customizing application profiles.
- Import and export of custom profiles in XML format.
- Optional audio notification of profile switching with customizable wave files.
- PDF export of profile button assignments.
- Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI.
- 20 default profiles for popular games and applications, including Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, WoW and CoD.
- Cross-platform support for Windows, Linux and OS X.