Pointer Noodge 1.1.1
SUMMARY: PFiddlesoft releases Pointer Noodge 1.1.1, an update to the third application in the PFiddle Collection. Download it at pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/.
QUECHEE, VERMONT -- October 29, 2011 -- PFiddlesoft today announced the release of version 1.1.1 of Pointer Noodge™, the third application in the PFiddle Collection.
Pointer Noodge slows down the system pointer, removing mouse, trackpad and trackball acceleration so you can place the pointer exactly where you want it in any application. You can also nudge the pointer one pixel at a time horizontally and vertically using the arrow keys. Hold down the backslash (\) key to drag. Hold down the right bracket (]) key to speed up the pointer temporarily.
Open Pointer Noodge's Preferences window to turn off pointer control and to turn on other features. Other features include rotating images to help you find the pointer on the screen, a border and highlighting to identify the window, drawer or sheet under the pointer, a text box and optional speech providing the pointer's coordinates and information about the application under the pointer, and a spotlight effect for presentations. Pointer Noodge makes it easier for everybody to use the computer, including users with impaired vision or motor control issues.
Pointer Noodge does nothing until you turn on Nudge Mode. Toggle Nudge Mode on and off with the Nudge Mode hot key (Control-Option-Command-N by default), or jiggle the pointer from side to side rapidly. You can also toggle it on and off in the Pointer Noodge Application or Dock menu. When Nudge Mode is on, a badge with the letter "N" appears on the Dock icon.
Version 1.1.0 of Pointer Noodge added several features and fixed a few bugs:
- Pointer Noodge's animations are now much more efficient and smooth
- A new preference lets you turn on Nudge Mode automatically when Pointer Noodge is launched
- You now use the backslash (\) key to drag with the arrow keys and the right bracket (]) key to temporarily restore normal cursor acceleration when the slow movement preference is turned on.
- A new preference lets your window shape spotlight track the key window of the active application
- The window shape spotlight now tracks changes to the configuration of multiple monitors
- New versions of our PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks are installed, resolving a few minor issues and some memory leaks
- Pointer Noodge no longer refuses to run when it can't confirm your registration key because you aren't online. Sorry about that!
Version 1.1.1 was released the same day to include a new version of the PFEventTaps Framework that fixes an issue that caused Pointer Noodge to crash when using the arrow keys to move the pointer.
Visit the PFiddle Collection website now to watch a video of Pointer Noodge in action. (Requires Safari or another browser that can display QuickTime HTML5 video elements.)
Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of Pointer Noodge 1.1.1 now at pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/.
The PFiddle Collection is a growing collection of useful and pfun Macintosh software. Buy the collection once for $4.95 US, and enjoy any and all applications in the collection, now and in the future, without additional charge.
The first two applications in the PFiddle Collection, Applidude™ and Waccy Accy™, were released late last year. Applidude floats over your screen and reminds you which application is currently active. Applidude is great for users with impaired vision, and for all of us who sometimes forget where we are. Waccy Accy is a game based on Apple's Accessibility API that is pfun for all users, including users with impaired vision. There are many more PFiddles to come. Stay tuned!
PFiddlesoft™ has unmatched experience controlling the Macintosh Graphical User Interface using AppleScript and other technologies. PFiddlesoft is a trademark of PreForm Assistive Technologies, LLC, a company formed by Bill Cheeseman to develop and market Macintosh software based on Apple's Accessibility technologies. PFiddlesoft distributes applications written by Bill Cheeseman and formerly distributed by PreFab Software, Inc., including UI Browser, UI Actions, Event Taps Testbench, and the PFiddlesoft Frameworks. These products for Mac OS X carry on the tradition of PreFab Player, a seminal product released for the classic Mac OS in 1994. UI Browser was first released in 2003 to support Apple's GUI Scripting and Accessibility technologies. It was followed in 2004 by UI Actions, implementing "universal attachability" for AppleScript, in 2007 by Event Taps Testbench, a free developer utility to explore Quartz Event Taps. The PFiddle Collection was introduced in 2010. It is a growing collection of useful and pfun Macintosh software. Buy the collection once for $4.95 US, and enjoy any and all applications in the collection, now and in the future, without additional charge.
This page was first published by PFiddlesoft on October 29, 2011.
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