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olePigeon
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Aug 13, 2004, 10:09 PM
 
Since I'm new to owning a PowerBook, I had never seen a utility like this. It's called SideTrack, and lets you do all sorts of things with your trackpad.

With mine, I've turned the left edge into a scroll wheel, and my top right corner (when I tap it) does my right click. It's really cool.

You guys should try it out. You can do even more stuff, but that's all i use it for.

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Aug 13, 2004, 10:29 PM
 
yeah, it's a great program.
     
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Aug 13, 2004, 10:44 PM
 
you have any issues with it
     
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Aug 13, 2004, 11:23 PM
 
wow, that looks amazing. i'd like to hear feedback from those who have tried it, especially any hard-won tips. the part that looks promising to me is to assign the hard click button to right click and use the tap as sual for a left-click. and a hot corner for expose click? hell yeah!

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Aug 13, 2004, 11:35 PM
 
I have been using it since I got my PB (my first mac). Check out the software forum in the best free software thread. It's at the top of a lot of people's lists.

BTW... I have my hard click as left click... top left corner as right click top right corner as forward (in camino) bottom left corner as back (again in camino) and bottom right as expose all programs. I also have the top edge as horizontal scroll and the right edge as vertical scroll...
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Aug 14, 2004, 01:36 AM
 
yes sidetrack is a must if you use your trackpad.

my setup is as follows:

tap once: left-click
double tap: click-drag lock (for one finger dragging and selection)
hard click: right-click
right vertical pad: vertical scrolling
     
olePigeon  (op)
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Aug 14, 2004, 02:47 AM
 
Works great. You can adjust how much of your pad is dedicated to what function. Also, you still have full use of your pad. If you start in the middle and move all the way to the side where your scroll area is, it'll still move the cursor like normal until you break contact with the pad.

It's a smart piece of software, really cool.
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Aug 14, 2004, 02:52 AM
 
I can think of another feature that would make that software sweet, though, it might cost the author a lot of money.

I can't remember who you register witth, but you can become certified to offer "Digital Signing" through software. He could make it so the trackpad becomes a mini tablet for signing official documents.
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Aug 14, 2004, 08:02 AM
 
Been using Sidetrack for a very long time now. The other must-have I recommend is DejaMenu.

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Aug 14, 2004, 02:42 PM
 
Sidetrack is the best app ever.
Wouldn`t want to be without Quicksilver either.
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Aug 14, 2004, 03:05 PM
 
Sidetrack + CornerClick =

ideal combo for any powerbook, I drag my pointer to any corner, and have both mouse buttons (button and a touchpad corner) + modifier keys to call up scripts and programs. Excellent alternative to a crowded dock or a desktop littered to shortcuts. Its also faster than drop down menus for things you use often, tho I also have HimmelBar to quickly access all less often used programs that I don't put in the dock
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Aug 14, 2004, 07:39 PM
 
Originally posted by t4r1q:
yes sidetrack is a must if you use your trackpad.

my setup is as follows:

tap once: left-click
double tap: click-drag lock (for one finger dragging and selection)
hard click: right-click
right vertical pad: vertical scrolling
Hello, where is the setting for double tap: click-drag lock? Thanks.
     
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Aug 14, 2004, 08:30 PM
 
Originally posted by RT3434:
Hello, where is the setting for double tap: click-drag lock? Thanks.
Got it.
     
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Aug 14, 2004, 09:15 PM
 
i really like the tapping click drag thing, but the scrolling and tapping left corners is actually pretty hard. the pointer has to be in the window guess i have to get used to this
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Aug 15, 2004, 02:45 PM
 
i never liked sidetrack.
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Aug 15, 2004, 03:01 PM
 
I can't see any way to have a keyboard key + mouse click option. I wanted to make my bottom right corner have command/click for convenient web browsing.
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Aug 15, 2004, 04:37 PM
 
Originally posted by t4r1q:
yes sidetrack is a must if you use your trackpad.

my setup is as follows:

tap once: left-click
double tap: click-drag lock (for one finger dragging and selection)
hard click: right-click
right vertical pad: vertical scrolling
I do the exact same, but i use the bottom portion to scroll left and right. comes in handy on a 12 inch powerbook screen when pages outstrip resolution

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Aug 17, 2004, 11:14 AM
 
Originally posted by olePigeon:
I can't remember who you register witth, but you can become certified to offer "Digital Signing" through software. He could make it so the trackpad becomes a mini tablet for signing official documents.
olePigeon, Digital Signatures are a cryptographic means for verifying the authenticity and integrity of data. It has nothing to do with a digitized version of someone's hand-drawn signature.
     
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Aug 17, 2004, 09:36 PM
 
I used it so much that in less than a year, my trackpad had that worn mark on just one side of it. so I uninstalled and its not as terrible as you think, but I do agree, it is an excellent app for people who only use their trackpad
     
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Aug 17, 2004, 11:34 PM
 
Best. App. EVER.

I just downloaded it a few minutes ago, and it is the answer i was looking for! Browsing with the PB on my lap is now much easier, I dont think i will have a need for my USB mouse again now...

When it does become shareware in November, ill throw a few bucks at the developer
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Aug 19, 2004, 09:52 AM
 
A question on the software: does anyone know if you can have it so that the trackpad software only works for one user? I'm thinking I'd love to try this out for myself, but it would probably drive my girls nuts.

That said, I may just try it out anyway and they'll just have to cope...
     
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:06 PM
 
Just got it and its a great app..

thanks for the link
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:50 PM
 
Been using Sidetrack for quite a long time now. It finally gives Macs a feature that was standard on PC laptops. I love being able to scroll smoothly without moving my hand away from the trackpad. Getting on someone else's Powerbook that doesn't have Sidetrack feels like a huge leap backwards in usability. This really should have been in the OS standard features.
     
   
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