Colin Harrington

OSX Mouse Acceleration

by on Jul.06, 2010, under General

Mouse on Fire

I dual-boot OSX and Ubuntu, but primarily live, work and play in Ubuntu.  The only reasons that I boot up into OSX these days are to sync an iPhone, or more recently play some Steam Games (Go Steam for Releasing an OSX Client!  A Linux client shouldn’t be too far behind right?).  Windows is now relinquished to a VM for IE testing & other software that is stuck on that platform.

I’ve always been bothered by mice in OSX, they never felt good and didn’t handle as I had expected.  This is especially important when doing some intricate work with Photoshop, or in a computer game.  I don’t have much time to play games on the computer, but I’ve been able to get a few hours in recently and really noticed that the mouse acceleration was unusable/unreliable for fast-paced action…

A little googling turned up the “Mouse Acceleration Preference Pane” for Mac OSX by Christian Zuckschwerdt.

I downloaded version 1.1 and then had this preference pane is my System PreferencesSystem Preferences Icon:
System Preferences

Which then lets me configure the acceleration for both the mouse and trackpad.
Mouse Acceleration Pref Pane

Even better, I could turn off acceleration all-together!

Enable at LoginFrom Christian Zuckschwerdt’s site:

Extented mouse settings

“The Mouse Acceleration PrefPane is a GUI and startup item to Richard Bentley’s MouseFix.  You can set up extended speed parameters and acceleration curves for your mouse.”

Good work Christian!


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