Life is complicated. If it’s not the economy, it’s the government. If it’s not the boss, it’s relatives. How does Apple help us reduce the complexity of personal computing? By complicating our lives with a trackpad instead of a mouse, or a mouse that does touch like a trackpad. Where is the simple life of point and click? Gone forever? Or, do we simply need a little digital MagicPrefs added to the Mac?
Magical Functions From MagicPrefs
My desktop Mac is a workplace, so it has the best tools. Nice chair. Good lighting. Big screen. Keyboard, trackpad, mouse. Touch is the new point and click.
There are extra Clicks and Taps (10 to be precise). There are extra swipes. And extra Drag and Pinch options. That’s just for the mouse. Prepare to be wowed by more touch controls than you have fingers.
The way I see it, as many options as MagicPrefs can give to a Magic Mouse doesn’t make up for the fact that all my fingers won’t fit on top of the mouse in the first place.
Four Finger Tap? Seriously?
How about the Magic Trackpad? There’s 10 more finger options just with Clicks and Taps. Swipes gives you eight more. Rotating and Pinch? Eight more.
Fortunately, MagicPrefs also takes a cue from Apple and gives you onscreen graphic representation of each finger combination, click, tap, swipe, rotate or pinch.
I especially appreciate the extra functionality in the tracking speed features. Being able to vary the speed based upon screen size is worth the price of admission.
Did I mention that MagicPrefs is free? I have no clue why. It’s definitely a labor of love and a Mac app that’s worthy of consideration by Mac power users or anyone else who needs to squeeze a little more from each tool.