Well its been quite a long time since my last post, and it will probably be a while between this post and the next. Things have gotten busy here at school, and I have no free time to devote to writing posts. But, I recently updated to OS X Lion on my Macbook Pro and ran into a few issues with MagicPrefs that I imagine others are frustrated by as well.
When I first got my Magic Mouse I was very disappointed. The mouse speed was way too slow, even on the fastest setting, and the gestures were limited at best. I promptly discovered the app MagicPrefs, and it solved all of my problems with the Magic Mouse. Magic Prefs (http://magicprefs.com/) is a free application for OS X that “aims to improve the functionality and configuration options of the Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and the MacBook glass trackpad”. The thing I liked most about MagicPrefs was the fact that there were a wide array of gestures that you could enable.
But then OS X Lion was released. A majority of the functionality from MagicPrefs still works perfectly. However, there was 1 extremely frustrating problem I ran into; the inability to go to the previous/next page. The 2 finger swipe that was previously used to navigate to a different page was replaced with the navigation to a different full-screen application. I looked through the preferences in MagicPrefs and was unable to figure out how to assign any gesture to the next/previous page. In my opinion, its pointless to have a gesture-enabled mouse if you can’t perform a gesture that I use hundreds of times every day. So, I uninstalled MagicPrefs and downloaded BetterTouchTool (http://www.boastr.de/).
There are a few differences between MagicPrefs and BetterTouchTool that I would like to point out.
- BetterTouchTool allows you to increase the mouse speed way past what I was able to do with MagicPrefs.
- BetterTouchTool is much more flexible. You can create custom gestures, whereas MagicPrefs has specified gestures for you to choose from.
- BetterTouchTool allows you to use single finger swipe to navigate to the next/previous pages.
- Lion Gestures: Trackpad vs. Magic Mouse (mac.appstorm.net)