Griffin Technology Inc., maker of Mac peripherals, has updated their PowerMate software to version 1.5.1. The upgrade to the software for PowerMate USB Multimedia Controller includes bug fixes and adds a new Special Key command and other usability enhancements.
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The PowerMate is a USB-based multimedia controller that resembles a jog wheel. It incorporates a glowing blue LED on the base and can be used by a variety of different applications for different purposes.
PowerMate Software 1.5.1 refines the
PowerMate 1.5 release
that included several major enhancements such as Long-Click, Global Mode and Eject Key functionality. The new Special Keys feature allows the PowerMate to produce the visual onscreen feedback associated with such commands as Volume Up, Volume Down, and Eject commands. Plus, you can now assign the “Mute” Special Key and receive the same visual feedback commonly associated with activating the keyboard command.
What’s more, the new Special Key Mute capability works around an existing bug in the Mac OS that caused the iSub subwoofer to act erratically when the system volume is changed or muted, according to the folks at Griffin Technology. Other bug fixes include the Pulse Rate staying stable when the Long Click Length is adjusted, Apply Button improvements, and user interface tweaks.
PowerMate Software Version 1.5.1 for OS X is available immediately as a free download. The PowerMate USB Controller retails for US$45 and is available for purchase directly from Griffin, the Apple Store, and other resellers.