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    OT: Another cool little gadget

    I just picked up a Nostromo SpeedPad n52 - programmable USB keyboard accessory thing-a-ma-bob by Belkin.

    It's pretty friggin sweet. With a properly programmed set of functions, you can Model/Animate/Work, etc... without ever taking your hand off the mouse and doohicky (ie: never having to touch the computers keyboard except for numeric entry). It's very nice, especially if you're using a laptop.

    I've got a custom key setup for LW & Maya, if any of you kids have one of these gadgets, I'll send you over my key profiles if you want.

    PS - It also works pretty cool in Final Cut Pro (and VT3 I'm sure), but I'm still building those key profiles.
    harley

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    PPS - They're only like $30 if you're interested. It's the next best thing to having a SpaceBall!!!
    harley

    "it's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."

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    doood... I want one! I can use my spaceball with my left hand and this doohickey with my right. Now all I need is a sewing machine-like footpedal that will allow me to send smartas$ remarks to this forum, and I'm SET!

    cheers,

    j

    p.s. Spaceballs on ebay, under $10. That's how I got mine!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...135937459&rd=1
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    I'll buy you one, if you let me try out your Cintiq for a few minutes.

    How do you like your SpaceBall? I've only used them a few times, but they seem to be pretty groovy.
    harley

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    I just ammended my last post... look quick!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...135937459&rd=1
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    The Lightwave drivers for the Spaceball (I think John Gross wrote 'em?) are a bit old, but worked OK. Works really well with Maya, though. You almost get seasick flying around at first...

    j
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    doh!!! Missed the bid by a fraction of a second.

    I'll bid on the next one though.

    Dude...this is seriously the most fun I've had animating in a long time. The best $30 I've spent, since that hooke...oh I forgot...clean it up!!!

    Speaking of John Gross he's a pretty bad-*** dude as well.
    harley

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    can i buy it at fry's? can you show me how to use it.

    i'm borderline retarded you know.

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    does the space ball work on a mac?

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    hahaha...I'm loving this stupid thing. This & a SpaceBall, and you'd feel like you're flying some sort of aircraft rather than working.
    harley

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    I picked this one up at CompUSA as a "spontaneous" purchase when out making a cigarette run.
    harley

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    Okay...I'm completely obsessed with programming this thing.

    My "Modeler" config alone has like 60 different functions broken up in 3 levels according to tasks (ie: Creation Tools, Sculpting Tools, & Construction Tools - with tumb-based viewport navigation controls available at all times) - blah blah blah...this thing rocks.

    One cool trick is having a single button perform the following task (Shift-F, Right Click, t). So it essentially smooth shifts the selected poly, and then enters the move (translate) mode with the smooth shifted selection in tact.

    Once you get the key locations down - you can model away in a very natural flow without even thinking.
    harley

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    Originally posted by harlan
    Once you get the key locations down - you can model away in a very natural flow without even thinking.
    That's the way you like it, eh Harlan?

    I'll grab one tomorrow. Say, if you're free next Friday evening, you should come by Sony. We're opening our new bar... Red Square.

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    Get one, and I'll send you the configs that I setup. I'm a total tool, so I spent valuable work time last night making up PDF files with descriptions of all the keys in Modeler, Layout, etc..

    I'll be there or I'll be red square.... - said with a "foofy" german type accent like Hans & Frans.

    lol
    harley

    "it's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."

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    Hi harlan,
    Thinking of getting one of those Nostromo SpeedPad n52 this morning any chance of you emailing me your configs may save loads of time in setting up

    Sounds an excellent tool ideal of lightwave and maybe Prem Pro used to use my four button mouse the normal buttons set to normal functions and the two extras to move and rotate just love it until Microsoft updated the drivers so you can no longer program the two extras to any key board short cut but just the set windows ones

    heres my email if you get chance [email protected]

    cheers
    andy
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