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ShadowMystic
01-07-2012, 08:34 PM
Has anyone ever used something like this for their shortcuts?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AM5RB6/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d1_g147_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0D ER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1CY4CK11EV6B8GMDP2SJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846

Just wondering what it would be like and whether it would improve or hinder workflow.

R.Feeney
01-08-2012, 06:12 PM
I have one and don't use it much, it just doesn't have enough shortcuts for me. I used to use an old microsoft sidewinder type and did get a lot of use out of that.

Rayek
01-08-2012, 06:51 PM
Three weeks ago I bought this "MMO" mouse with a numpad on the left side: http://tinyurl.com/42cmee2

I do use it now for different shortcuts in my 3d apps. Very handy - especially for laptops that lack a numeric keypad. It also helps this is one of the best mice I have used so far. Only right-handed people need apply, though, unfortunately.

This has sped up some of my workflow quite a bit: I now often have my left hand free for doing other stuff, like holding reference books, and so on.

I also think this might be a good mouse for people who cannot use their left hand, or just have the use of their right hand, and wish to be able to use the most common shortcut keys in any app. The software automatically switches to different keymaps, depending on the app you work in. And macros are supported as well. (Not on Linux though)

ShadowMystic
01-08-2012, 07:45 PM
I have one and don't use it much, it just doesn't have enough shortcuts for me. I used to use an old microsoft sidewinder type and did get a lot of use out of that.
I had a Sidewinder Strategic Commander and thought it would be mighty useful for Lightwave if it worked, but, alas, it was shorted beyond hope.


Three weeks ago I bought this "MMO" mouse with a numpad on the left side: http://tinyurl.com/42cmee2

I do use it now for different shortcuts in my 3d apps. Very handy - especially for laptops that lack a numeric keypad. It also helps this is one of the best mice I have used so far. Only right-handed people need apply, though, unfortunately.

This has sped up some of my workflow quite a bit: I now often have my left hand free for doing other stuff, like holding reference books, and so on.

I also think this might be a good mouse for people who cannot use their left hand, or just have the use of their right hand, and wish to be able to use the most common shortcut keys in any app. The software automatically switches to different keymaps, depending on the app you work in. And macros are supported as well. (Not on Linux though)

I have considered a multi-button mouse but haven't had the funds to throwaway. In 3D there are a lot of keys that are used so many times even a fraction of time saved would add up IMO.

Ryan Roye
01-08-2012, 10:57 PM
A free macro program called AutoHotkey (http://www.autohotkey.com/) can easily make it so that you can assign a button or a combination of buttons to any key equivalent... even for non-standard devices like "MMO" keyboards and mice. You can even make entire programs with full UI's with it. I've used this program in conjunction with nearly every program I use regularly including Lightwave.

It doesn't solve the issue of integrating a device directly into Lightwave, but I figured I'd mention it due to it being extremely handy... the scripting language reference page (http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/commands.htm) is very well done too so it's easy to learn.

kopperdrake
01-09-2012, 05:15 PM
Not sure if anyone has used anything like this app on an iPad to replicate LW shortcuts?

http://www.iosproapps.com/products/keypad/index.html

I'm thinking of setting something up, for a laugh, I can imagine it could be quite useful for some really common shortcuts, maybe easier if common shortcuts are grouped together.

Waves of light
01-10-2012, 02:49 AM
You can pick up some pretty cheap multi-button gaming mice for 30-40. I know Lewis uses one for his car modelling workflow at lot.

Mangoat
01-10-2012, 06:39 AM
Always wanted one of these -
http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/maximus/

A bit steep for my pocket though.