What's the point?

Posted by: MacBozo

What's the point? - 09/07/13 02:34 PM

Volume Scroll

If you click on the menu bar sound icon (providing you have it visible) and then use your scroll wheel, it changes the volume natively in the OS. Works in Snow Leopard and Lion here. This isn't the first OS "enhancer" I've seen that does pretty much what the OS already does natively.
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: What's the point? - 09/07/13 03:05 PM

What a relief, Michael. The thread title made me think you'd just given up! wink
Posted by: Jim_

Re: What's the point? - 09/07/13 03:37 PM

It lets you put your mouse anywhere in the menu bar without clicking to change the volume. You don't have to go to the sound icon, click, then scroll.

I like it actually, thanks for the tip. All you have to do is throw your cursor to the top anywhere and scroll. The only places on mine that it doesn't work is if I happen to end up on my DropBox or CrashPlan icon.

I had to tweak my scroll preferences on the app and in System Preferences, it changed it just a bit.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: What's the point? - 09/07/13 03:58 PM

It works in every app too. In for example, QT player, I have my Logitech settings for the scroll wheel set to adjust volume in QT instead of scroll windows, which it's set for in other apps. That will free up the scroll wheel for FF and RW.

It's noninvasive so far. It's just an app that runs, nothing is installed.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: What's the point? - 09/09/13 07:01 PM

I guess that would be a little time saving device. Personally, I don't have a need for it. Since my hands are usually on the KB, I just use the volume keys there (I'm not a slave to the mouse). My wife, however, always reaches for the mouse even when her fingers are right over the Return and Tab keys. She'll be the one with RMD someday and also explains her ability to kill mice.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: What's the point? - 09/09/13 07:13 PM

I can change the channel faster by getting up, than trying to find the remote. :-P
Posted by: Jim_

Re: What's the point? - 09/09/13 07:50 PM

Originally Posted By: MacBozo
I guess that would be a little time saving device. Personally, I don't have a need for it. Since my hands are usually on the KB, I just use the volume keys there (I'm not a slave to the mouse). My wife, however, always reaches for the mouse even when her fingers are right over the Return and Tab keys. She'll be the one with RMD someday and also explains her ability to kill mice.
I have a Logitech 7 button mouse that I have tweaked in all my apps, to minimize keyboard repetitive motions, so it really comes in handy for me.

For example Safari, besides the scroll wheel, I have Control-Click, Command-Click, Command-W, Command-R, Back, and now two more, zoom in and out assigned, since I no longer have to have volume assigned to those. Except for typing text I'm not a slave to the keyboard in Safari. Lean back and let a few clicks take care of most of the the surfing.

I also learned to mouse left handed around 15 years ago, the right hand is the one I've beat up over the years from wrenching and computers etc. (Insert Beavis jokes here.) With that and a wrist brace for few years a ways back I've been able to forgo surgery, and get rid of the numb hand.
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: What's the point? - 09/10/13 07:42 AM

All this talk about keyboard shortcuts and billion-button mouses makes me wonder again why in the name of the carpal gods anyone would want to use a touch-screen computer. Any thoughts? (And I don't mean touch-screen tablets, where the motion to the screen is entirely natural.)
Posted by: Jim_

Re: What's the point? - 09/10/13 10:14 AM

Originally Posted By: yoyo52
All this talk about keyboard shortcuts and billion-button mouses makes me wonder again why in the name of the carpal gods anyone would want to use a touch-screen computer. Any thoughts? (And I don't mean touch-screen tablets, where the motion to the screen is entirely natural.)
I don't know what the practicality of them is for the everyday home consumer. It does seem like a lot of excess arm movements. With a tablet you're holding it in your lap, it's right there, but I can't see always reaching up to my desktop to touch my monitor all day, even on a laptop.

I can see the practicality in some business situations since a keyboard and mouse wouldn't be needed on the desk, or if it's built in to the counter or something, only a monitor, but mainstream consumer acceptance I'm a bit dim on, not sure about that.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: What's the point? - 09/11/13 02:55 PM

I have a multibutton mouse that I do use - when my hand is already on the mouse.