Shareware publisher Catchy Software has released
1.0, a new utility aimed at users of laptops and people who suffer from Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) or carpal tunnel syndrome. MaxiMice adds clickless scrolling and dragging to Mac OS X.
The software enables users to scroll and move windows by moving the mouse. Views begin to scroll when the cursor comes close to an edge. Windows can be both moved and scrolled by holding down a modifier key rather than having to search for scroll widgets on screen or drag windows by their title bar. MaxiMice can be configured using a System Preferences pane, and each feature can be customized on a per application basis.
As a result, people using MaxiMice can scroll windows and drag windows without having to use extra mouse buttons or a scrollwheel — items that can be found on third party mice compatible with Mac OS X, but perhaps less comfortable for people whose mobility may be limited due to injury.
A trial version of MaxiMice is available for download from the Catchy Software Web site. It costs US$10 to register. MaxiMice 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later and works in all Cocoa applications.