OpenOffice, the alternative to Microsoft’s Office 2007, has a mouse designed for it. WarMouse, a company in Orvieto, Italy recently release OOmouse on November 6, 2009. It has 18 buttons and an analog joystick, and support for as many as 52 key commands.
It was designed by a gamer, who saw that most gaming mouse hardware had a paltry number of buttons necessary to meet the commands necessary to run an intense game.
Here are a list of the applications that can take advantage of the 18 button mouse.
- The Gimp
- 3D Studio Max
- Intuit Quicken
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Outlook
- Adobe Photoshop
- Intuit Quickbooks
- Autodesk AutoCAD
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Office 2007: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- OpenOffice.org 3.1: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base
The Game list that uses OOmouse includes:
- Poker Stars
- The Sims 3
- Battle for Wesnoth
- World of Warcraft
- Counterstrike: Source
- Unreal Tournament 3
- Call of Duty: World at War
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- OOmouse Intellivision Emulator
Many gamers will see using multiple buttons as a good design option, making the game experience more fun. So how can the 18 buttons help applications? Well, you can use the joystick as a substitute for arrow keys and use it to slip around the spreadsheet cells in Calc or Excel; or use the joystick to rotate 3D objects in 3D Studio Max.
Macros can be recorded and assigned to single button clicks, or double-clicks, even joystick movements, not to mention scroll wheel positions.
What else? Using single button clicks to work with Adobe Reader you can turn the page, switch between views and zoom levels, or search for text.
You can assign a single button click function in AutoCAD, for example, where an operation is nested four menus deep.
In Adobe Photoshop, there are multiple operations you can perform without ever taking your hand off the mouse.
The cost is 74.99 from WarMouse.