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What Input options - Tablets, mice ?

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Paul

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 What Input options - Tablets, mice ?
20-09-2009 10:37 . pm | View his/her posts only
Hi all, and VX Team,
I am a long term MS Optical Trackball fan, and have a small stock of SH units stored away for future use.
My hands being too big for Logitech trackballs which also have a middle button that is way to strong for the sort of use VX required and MS no longer producing these little beauties.
However, nice trackball and all, it seems a combination of too much mousing and spanner hands and I have some RSI type issues floating around.

I have never used a tablet for CAd input and am wondering if anyone in VX labd uses one and does VX support them? or what ever else questions ishould ask.
My plan is to vary the type of input device so I dont not fall into the repetitive use problem,

How do long term high use users solve this problem?

Cheers

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ChrisWard2k2

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21-09-2009 07:02 . pm | View his/her posts only
It is possible to use a graphics tablet to drive VX as the pen can be used as the mouse. The tablet may also have software that allows you to send VX commands, in a similar way to the programmable buttons on the space pilot devices (http://www.3dconnexion.com/3dmouse/spacepilot.php). There is no true 'free-hand' line input supported by VX currently, though a PCR requesting this is in the system - in particular, the Wacom Cintiq (http://www.wacom.eu/index2.asp?pid=96&lang=en) which is a grown-ups etch-a-sketch.

I use a 'hand-shake' mouse. The theory being that a regular mouse has your arm twisted.....(http://www.backinaction.co.uk/evoluent-vertical-mouse)

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ChrisWard2k2

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30-10-2009 07:09 . am | View his/her posts only
Here is an interesting '3D Mouse'

http://www.sandiotech.com/

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30-10-2009 01:00 . pm | View his/her posts only
Hi Chris,
yes - interesting.
I have made a small wooden stand for my MS Trackball that tilts it approx 45deg. Basically it allows the hand to be in the rest position.
This removes the arm twist as does your mouse. The net effect for me has been an immediate reduction in effort and a much more pleasant mouse effect.
The other members of the family are all happy with the change too.
It is not perfected but ion half an hour I had something that was a big improvement on the flat position.
Pic attached
Cheers

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ChrisWard2k2

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30-10-2009 02:52 . pm | View his/her posts only
Hi mudcrab

If it works, that's the main thing - might be a market for your solution.
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