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Trackballs
They any good?
monkeythumpa

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Msg#: 147 posted 9:34 pm on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Like Macs, people who use trackballs swear by them. How long does it take to make the switch from a mouse and become proficient enough for the tiny tweaks Illustrator requires with a trackball?

 

supermanjnk

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 147 posted 1:33 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Personally I hate trackballs, i've used them and I find them highly annoying.

victor

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 147 posted 3:36 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

These things are highly subjective...Either you are a trackball person or you are not.

I simply don't have room on the desk for a mouse. (The trackball sits on my lap).

Don't know about Illustrator, but I can do everthing I need with a trackball.

You do need to keep them cleaner than a mouse -- daily gunge build-up can make them awkward to move as the friction licks in....Remember, your greasy thumb is in direct contact with the moving part.

I had to change brand recently -- owning to the old trackball dying. Took me about 3 days to get used to the new one (there is less of a standard layout for buttons with a trackball).

Hawkgirl

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 147 posted 3:54 pm on Feb 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hello. My name is Hawkgirl. I am a trackball addict.

In my experience, it takes about 2 weeks for full mouse-to-trackball switch or vice versa. You can get relatively comfortable in a few hours, but the precision dexterity takes a while. Once your muscles learn what to do, though, you'll be fine. You stop having to *think* about what you're doing in a pretty short amount of time.

And for me, it's worth it. Better control, less movement of my hand/wrist, and comfort.

Matt Probert

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 147 posted 5:51 pm on Feb 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Trackballs are great for playing "Centipede" (er, okay so I'm old....I'll just shuffle off and get my pipe and slippers...)

Matt

choster

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 147 posted 6:10 pm on Feb 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

There are different species of trackball-- the kind you move with your palm, the kind you move with your second and third fingers, and the kind you move with your thumb. I have a thumb trackball; the position of the hand is similar to using a mouse (e.g. you use the same fingers to click the buttons or scroll as you would a mouse), and it only took about a day to adjust. Besides offerin the most control (as my thumb dexterity is far greater than my middle finger, or for that matter my arm), I also like it because it requires the least wrist movement, an oft-touted advantage of trackballs (vis-a-vis carpal tunnel syndrome). I don't like the big palm ones, and in fact it's been so long since I've seen anyone use one it's possible they're not even manufactured any more.

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