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dotTom
08-17-2004, 05:43 AM
I'm currently using a MS IntelliMouse Optical and sure enough using the mouse wheel button as my middle button. Just like Avid say, this turns out to be a royal pain in the arse after about 1/2 and hours work. Can anyone recommend a good 3 button mouse for the PC? Ideally I'd like something where all 3 buttons are the same size. Optical too would be nice.

StefanA
08-17-2004, 07:36 AM
This is the mouse I'm using

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/partners/details/HU/EN,CRID=1372,parentCRID=924,SCRID=959,CONTENTID=5655

Even though it's not an optical, it IS the best mouse suited for 3D work and for Softimage.

regards
stefan andersson

SheepFactory
08-17-2004, 07:38 AM
www.evoluent.biz (http://www.evoluent.biz)


you have both the wheel and a mmb button if you desire to use it. and its ergonomical.

I cant recommend this mouse enough

yog
08-17-2004, 07:39 AM
I qute like the MS Intellimouse optical, never had any problems with the centre wheel/button.

In fact I have just got myself a 5 button version, the extra two configured to pop up a couple extra XSI menus, RT-Tools on one, and a custom toolbar on the other, nice :)

JDex
08-17-2004, 08:01 AM
I qute like the MS Intellimouse optical, never had any problems with the centre wheel/button.

In fact I have just got myself a 5 button version, the extra two configured to pop up a couple extra XSI menus, RT-Tools on one, and a custom toolbar on the other, nice :)
This is my config as well... in fact I have 3 of these mice plugged in to my various machines and 2 spares in my closet.

-mindcache-
08-17-2004, 08:03 AM
www.evoluent.biz (http://www.evoluent.biz)


you have both the wheel and a mmb button if you desire to use it. and its ergonomical.

I cant recommend this mouse enough
Thats a nice looking mouse was about to order until I noticed they charge double for the left handed version >_<

dotTom
08-17-2004, 08:26 AM
Cool, thanks for the swift responce folks. I've order that Logitech part. The ergonomic "vertical" mouse is nice, but I'm put off by the fact that they're charging more for the left handed version, yes I know: relative numbers.

Off topic: is anyone graphing this forum. I wonder how soon after Siggraph it will take before the average number of users in the Softimage sub-section equals the Maya sub-section.

anthonymcgrath
08-17-2004, 09:45 AM
bloody hell - one just landed on my desk today as well and I've just discovered its a right hander which is no use to me! Didn't know the left hand one was double price - thats reet unfair!!

goofy mitts - doomed to be exploited for the rest of us days :)

TheLostVertex
08-17-2004, 04:43 PM
HOLY CRAP! Lots of lefty's here...BURN THEM! BURN THEM ALL!

Im using a Logitech MX510 and it works great, but man, dirt cakes onto the buttons like a hepafilter, i have to clean it ever 1-2 weeks, and my hands are always clean too. I'd hate to see what this mouse would do in a unclean enviroment.

BTW sheep, that vertical mouse is very cool. Infact, it looks a whole lot like my new mouse ;)

francescaluce
08-17-2004, 05:33 PM
I qute like the MS Intellimouse optical, never had any problems with the centre wheel/button.me too.. until I bought the new one with the ability to scroll left and right directly from the scroller whell... unusable.. it has a little micro delay.. that really make it a waste of time to use with xsi.. I remapped the 3rd button to another one of the five buts.. but not really ergonomic.. I trashed it. I have now something like StefanA :) .




ciao
francesca

swampthing
08-17-2004, 05:34 PM
www.evoluent.biz (http://www.evoluent.biz)


you have both the wheel and a mmb button if you desire to use it. and its ergonomical.

I cant recommend this mouse enough

Holy god that is the biggest mouse i've ever seen. I thought it was an iron at first. I can see the finger buttons working on that, but sitting here and pretending to use it, it would seem that the thumb button would be kind of awkward and painful to use extensively? But then since that's button 5 i would assume you wouldn't use it much anyhow. Do you game at all? How does it work in games?

I actually am currently using a IBM ergonomical mouse, they don't make em anymore but the base design is very close to this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1069299120315&skuId=6218737&productCategoryId=pcmcat23200050023&type=product

I've found that these ergo mice are easier on my carpal than a regular mouse as they are too small.

SheepFactory
08-17-2004, 05:53 PM
It works perfectly fine with everything. Its much more comfy to use than a regular mouse. I had the same feelings when I first saw it , it sure looks awkward , but once you use it you'll wonder why they didnt make mouses this way from the start.

it sucks that the elft hand version is more expensive but its your health in the long run. Ever since I started using it (a year and 3 months ago) my wrist pain is gone away. Before that i could barely hold the mouse from numbness.

ghopper
08-17-2004, 06:20 PM
it sucks that the elft hand version is more expensive but its your health in the long run. Ever since I started using it (a year and 3 months ago) my wrist pain is gone away. Before that i could barely hold the mouse from numbness.

I'm using a standard three wheel button mouse for like 14+ hrs a day. I never had any wrist pains etc, only thing is that at the bottom right of my palm the skin is now thicker and after a long session it's getting quite red. I guess I don't have any wrist pains because I'm using a gel pad.

But that vertical mouse looks interesting, although my initial thoughts about it were the same as swampthing's.

SheepFactory
08-17-2004, 06:49 PM
gelpad has nothing to do with preventing wrist pain. Its just comforting.


You might not have it now but you'll get it sooner or later , regular mouses put much strain on the wrist.

ghopper
08-17-2004, 07:58 PM
gelpad has nothing to do with preventing wrist pain. Its just comforting.


You might not have it now but you'll get it sooner or later , regular mouses put much strain on the wrist.

RE: Gelpad
It was just a guess - I've been using the mouse like this for the last 5 years, and not problems at all.

But you're probably right, so I guess it's better to have a look at the mouse you were suggesting - it just looks strange ;)

RmachucaA
08-17-2004, 08:21 PM
ANY mouse which isnt made by Apple is a good one.

TheLostVertex
08-17-2004, 09:18 PM
ANY mouse which isnt made by Apple is a good one.

Right you are :thumbsup:

SevenString
08-17-2004, 09:36 PM
interesting... as a little experement, i just turned my hand into the "handshake" position of that evoluent vertical mouse, and the forearm/wrist tension that i didn't even realize was there just sort of went away. I think I might have to order one of those.

swampthing
08-17-2004, 10:30 PM
I might have to try one, i have alot of problems with my right hand and am not able to use a mouse for extended periods. I'll wait till the new model is available though.

Thanks for pointing it out.

SheepFactory
08-17-2004, 10:39 PM
you guys will thank me later ;)

danydrunk
08-17-2004, 10:50 PM
bloody hell - one just landed on my desk today as well and I've just discovered its a right hander which is no use to me! Didn't know the left hand one was double price - thats reet unfair!!

goofy mitts - doomed to be exploited for the rest of us days :)could you please then send it to me? if youre not using it? jeje, that would be cool, id pay the fedex.

hobo
12-06-2004, 07:41 PM
you guys will thank me later ;) I bring this up here and now 'cause it took so long to find 'em, but ..

Took you on your word, and after about 10 weeks I recieved two of these on Saturday. I am and have been using one since, and the "normal" mouse that I use for the net and used to for everything seems so strange and unnatural even after 7 or 8 years of use.

Highly recommended.


http://www.evoluent.com/

if you are in Germany and would like one pm me, and I'll try to get you one quicker than 10 weeks!

Shenan
12-07-2004, 02:14 AM
Wow, thanks for this pointer - I had searched for ergonomic mice a few months ago and didn't find these. It sounds like this will be just what I had been looking for to relieve my wrist pain.

The left-hand version is actually only about 42% more at one of their dealers... $99.95 vs. $69.95.

In looking around for this mouse, I found a similar concept by 3M. Has anyone tried it? It's cheaper ($45), but shaped like a joystick and appears to have no scroll wheel (no left hand version either)... I'm curious how they compare:

http://www.3mproductivity.com/products/ergonomics6.asp
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008KWWF/104-4567670-7854332?v=glance

pixologie
12-07-2004, 05:21 PM
I HATE MOUSEWHEELs! They 're only comfortable for websites in my opinion.
I am using the Wacom Intuos 1 4D Mouse (Tablet required). I have 5 Buttons
on top of the Mouse (3 usual LM, MM, RM, 2 extra Buttons behind the 3) and 1 Thumb-Jog-Shuttle (which I can use for scrolling, too).

http://www.masterb2b.de/images/products/it_img/333203.jpg

I mapped the rear buttons for "Maximize/Minimize Viewport" and "Open Attachements"
and in XSI this mouse rocks! I can switch the top of the body to left-handed mode if required.

hobo
12-07-2004, 06:51 PM
But it's still the wrong way up! Your mouse is laying on it's side :)


honestly if you tried one that is the right way up, you'd keep it. It has 5 buttons, the normal 3 and for me one configured to ctrl (strg) Z, :) and f12.

Ablefish
12-07-2004, 08:25 PM
Tablet baby! :D

Though not perfect in XSI (has trouble being detected during playback), I can't use a mouse any more.

thebigMuh
12-07-2004, 10:48 PM
I have a good old Intellimouse Explorer 3.0. Fantastic mouse, wouldn't part with it under any circumstances.

I've been using mice since I was about 8 years old. Never had any wrist problems. I guess my right hand is deformed to the point that using one of those upright mice would induce some serious pain :)

Ciao, ímuh!

Xeom
12-08-2004, 02:51 PM
Personaly I use a logitech mouse the mx510.instead of 3 buttons it has a mouse wheel but i have no problem with it.Personaly i cant stand the 3 button mouses.

pixel mixer
12-08-2004, 05:47 PM
i strongly recomen to get a tablet instead of a mouse. it's way better. i have not touched a mouse the last 4 years and i do mainly 3d work and compositing.

KolbyJukes
12-08-2004, 06:24 PM
wow...that vertical mouse...

if I hadn't just bought a new optical I'd probably pick one one those up. Are they heavy?

-K.

hobo
12-09-2004, 07:15 PM
no, they're not at all heavy. Lighter than my abnormal, sideways on, wrist crunching net mouse.

wmendez
12-10-2004, 11:21 PM
www.evoluent.biz (http://www.evoluent.biz)


you have both the wheel and a mmb button if you desire to use it. and its ergonomical.

I cant recommend this mouse enough
Sheep,

This is about the 2 or 3rd time I have seen you plug this mouse, I think this time I might actually take the plunge

guypapyrus
01-04-2005, 12:13 AM
As a new XSI user, I took this thread to heart and bought a Vertical Mouse. I rather like it (still taking some getting used to), though I had a technical issue with it: I would sometimes scroll the active window when clicking a button, as if I nudged the wheel.

The upside to all this: I emailed Evoluent, and they responded within hours that it was a known mechanical problem, and that I could send my mouse in for a replacement.

power
01-04-2005, 05:58 AM
You asked for the best recommendation and to my surprise no one has mentioned this superb product: http://www.macmice.com/themousebt.html

I just got another one for Christmas for my brother - it's that good.

Middle button is also a wheel - very handy for all those text boxes where you roll it to increae/decrease numbers...

I bought separately a handy (small) battery charger, but the device's battery life is also very good. This is a fully bluetooth mice and its design picks up where Apple stopped.

Can't recommend it more.

Has anybody tried this gizmo (not a mice) - a knob: http://www.journeyed.com/itemDetail.asp?T1=46696423
???

Rabid pitbull
01-04-2005, 09:23 AM
You asked for the best recommendation and to my surprise no one has mentioned this superb product: http://www.macmice.com/themousebt.html

I just got another one for Christmas for my brother - it's that good.


Sorry, but just glancing at it I am sure that you will be only one recommending it, no offense sure you like it but ....

power
01-05-2005, 02:31 AM
Just wonder...

Rabid pitbull
01-05-2005, 03:45 AM
Well I guess it is all personal choice, but that mouse looks mighty flat and except for the blutooth ability it is quite simple. I think that many of the other recommended mice in this thread were more egronomic and have a few extra programable keys. Sorry my post came off a bit nasty I shouls have not made such a post... it was too late.

power
01-05-2005, 04:51 AM
Thanks for your reply. I didn't take it personally - just was curious as to the criteria. This mice feels very good, is very precise, has 3 buttons and is BT operated...
I wonder if there is anyone out there who has tried this knob device - Space Traveller. http://www.journeyed.com/itemDetail.asp?T1=46696423
Best regards

pigbrain
01-05-2005, 02:52 PM
Hi All,

maybe can check out the 3 button scroll point mouse by IBM, got one myself 3 buttons and a addition scroll point that work like a scroll wheel. the best mouse i find with a good 3 buttons for 3d, scroll point for internet. :p

pig

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