If necessity is the mother of invention, what does that say about inventions that are not really needed? That’s Volume Scroll, a Mac utility I tried out recently. What it does is change the Mac’s sound volume but it does so without having to click on the Sound icon in the Mac’s Menubar.
Wait. What? How is that possible?
Volume Scroll isn’t magic and it still requires you to use the screen pointer from the Mac’s trackpad or mouse. Instead of clicking on the Sound icon to change the sound volume, simply hover the screen pointer over the Menubar, move up or down, and the sound volume changes accordingly.
Preferences are simple, too. Change the slider bar to control scrolling sensitivity. And click the button to toggle visibility of the volume numbers for Sound.
To be fair, technically, Volume Scroll isn’t freeware. It’s donationware. Which means if you try it, use it, and keep using it, the developer would appreciate a donation to fund future development.
Do you need Volume Scroll? Absolutely, positively not. It’s merely a slightly easier way to do something that is already very easy to do– change the sound volume from the Menubar.
But the utility in Volume Scroll could be applied to other Mac utilities, apps, and functions. Why bother to click on this or that button when it should be obvious to OS X that we intend to click (otherwise, why is the screen pointer at that specific location?), so simply hovering the pointer over a button should be sufficient, right?
So, Volume Scroll is either a glimpse into the future of hover controls on your Mac, or merely a clever utility that no one truly, madly, deeply needs.