Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Steermouse: Using your multi-button PC mouse on a Mac

If you've recently purchased a Mac computer but prefer your old multi-button PC mouse (Logitech, Microsoft, etc), Steermouse serves as a software solution allowing you to take advantage of your mouse's full functionality on OSX.

Official Steermouse website: http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/

Having used Apple's Magic Mouse for a month, I just found it to be highly uncomfortable and a hassle to use.  Although it supports multi-finger gestures, the side-swiping forward and back motions did not feel natural and jarred the mouse from side to side.  It made me long for my trusty Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX.

The Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX paired with a Macbook Pro

By default, the Logitech mouse works on OSX; however, the use of the shortcut button underneath the scroll wheel and the forward/back buttons on the side were disabled.  Steermouse enables this functionality, and it allows you to customize the action of each button.

Buttons 6, 7, and 8 allow other buttons, besides the fwd/back ones, to be customized.

At only $20 US for a single computer license, it's a bargain considering the savings versus buying a trendy $70 Macbook accessory... the Magic Mouse.

63 comments:

incognito said...

I don't have a Mac right now, but if/when I do this will probably be one of the first things getting installed.

Biff Tanner said...

Thank god Thank You Thank You thank You!

Canswer said...

Ah yes! i would hate to have 1 click only

Shane said...

Very helpful, this has been bothering me as well.

David Davidson said...

Whoo! No more crappy Mac mice!

Fixda Furnback said...

Mac mouses annoy me. If I ever do switch to Mac now I know I am not tethered to that mouse. Thanks!

Undertaker said...

Thanks, even tho i do not own a Mac (as of now)

also, to reply on your comment on my blog:
It might indeed be hard to get out of his usual character, but that will make it all the more interesting.

J Mo said...

I love my mbp <3

gooblegobble said...

one of the main reasons i hated mac was that goddamn mouse

Naj said...

i don't use mac but thanks

Silly Old Bum said...

omg i love you bro, you are the first blog in all my following about mac.
my logitech mouse looks like the pic b ut mine is pink lol

<3
Sillyoldbum

Mantooth said...

i do agree that those fucking mice that apple seels are outrageously priced, but I'm so used to trackpads that I can barely function with a mouse anymore

Kevorkian said...

This can be very useful, Thanks

hunter time said...

thats cool one problem and a bunch more to go

Falling Down said...

Looks like a handy piece of software for fans of the mac and OSX.

nuttinbutapeanut said...

I don't like the Mac mouse neither

DNAcode said...

Thanks alot! I like this blog, As i have a MBP and a PC.

Jessi D said...

Mac is not for me!

Barnacle said...

thank god for pc^

Laughing Vault said...

that was useful

The End. said...

i have a severe disdain for apple and their products. i see no advantage to using them. all the while there are many drawbacks.

chasityxo said...

man this mouse is wicked, i have one :P

Buff Gamer said...

Good info here and thanks for the comment! But it makes me wonder if, for a task such as this, there isn't a freeware alternative.

Mr. Derp said...

Very useful info.

Savage Nugget said...

That's cool. :D

iMonei said...

nice, might get a mac so this is usefull

AACoaster said...

nice :)

La GaGa said...

You are a genius!

roguez4lifez said...

now you can right click :D

Come At Me Bro said...

Love it!

James said...

lol I have that combination

James said...

you can right click anyway rougez... *facepalm*

McGizzle said...

Always good to know these things. Thanks for the heads up.

MacPCharmony said...

@roguez You can right click on the Magic Mouse by clicking at the far, right top edge. Since the mouse is flat, when I used it, my hand tended to slide the mouse, and when I'd try to right click, I'd be click on the side-middle of the mouse. Keeping my fingers at the top of the mouse during prolonged use was something I couldn't get used to since my work computer is a PC, and I use the Logitech mouse.

Slumph said...

I'd rather use my pc :D but ty <3

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Jehrin said...

Great tips there, didn't know you could do that

In Dodd I trust said...

dude as a mac fag i kinda this attempt at created a peace between the two worlds


http://wordofdodd.blogspot.com/

Mecha Six VII said...

neat

Swift Love said...

I'm running the same exact setup. I like the fact that I can configure Steermouse to act differently in different applications. In OSX, I use the CMD key, but when running my VM in Parallels Desktop, I use the CTRL key.

Rosebug said...

I teach in a Maya in MAC lab.
At beginning of every class we have to go into preferences and change the mouse button functions.
ARGHHH

http://artistsupplyreview.blogspot.com/

IrishStudent said...

nice blog! thanks :) will check back ;)

Michele said...

Thank you man!I really need it :)

Fuuuuuuuu said...

Thanks, I needed this!

Lewis Candler said...

now macs can play portal

Absurdly Sentenced said...

That's Excellent !

SHH said...

Some day when i'm millionaire i'll buy a mac.

DinoHunter said...

Vary interesting stuff.

Much Poopies! said...

mac pc harmony?? there is no such thing good man.
Unless ... are you computer jesus??

The Loon said...

Rofl, they must be mad.

AdPlusCommunications said...

I don't have a mac, but my friend does and he's only got a magic mouse. I'm not a fan of that mouse..

divx said...

good shit bro.
following

Dilly Skates said...

if only i had a mac

Clash With Mr. Sax said...

It looks so... unnatural. Supporting.

Zetsumei said...

I don't use a mac but if I do I'm sure to find this very useful. Keep it up real nice post.

Spilii said...

Meh. I don't have a mac but nice info!

Viperman said...

I have a better mouse lol

Oscar said...

wow, cool lookin mouse

David said...

PC guy here, I'll let my Mac friends know.

Red Baron said...

good stuff if my mac crap dies ill def do this

BigBear said...

Huh, now that is interesting.

Venefican said...

very cool

David said...

very informative, thanks!

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