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Using Shake with a Macbook

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Imix1320 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 27, 2009 2:18 AM
I have bee reading everywhere that a 3 button mouse is REQUIRED for Shake. I do not have a 3 button mouse and can not get one soon. I also have Shake. If anyone knows any workarounds for using the standard Macbook one button setup with Shake please point me in the right direction. Are there any users out there who are using Shake with a MAcbook and what insights could you offer? Thank you for any and all of your time.
Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Morten Eriksen Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Jun 28, 2009 11:04 PM (in response to Imix1320)
    I'm using Shake on my Macbook and it works fine - I do have a mouse though so don't know about your first question.

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    Mac Pro and MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Jon Chappell Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
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    Jun 29, 2009 12:19 AM (in response to Imix1320)
    A 3-button mouse isn't strictly required - you can make do without the functions of the middle button. But you can't right-click either (ctrl-click functions as a normal click in Shake) which WILL cause problems.

    I have also seen interface and graphical corruption on MacBooks.
    Quad G5, 8 GB RAM; MacBook 2GHz Black, 2GB; PowerBook G4 1.5, 1 GB, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Final Cut Pro 6.0.2, Shake 4.0
  • William Holderness Calculating status...
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    Jun 29, 2009 12:04 PM (in response to Imix1320)
    Shake will work perfectly on a later Macbooks (one with the nvidia Gf 9400m GPU), the earlier Macbooks (the ones with the intel 950 integrated graphics) will function but have some screen issues due to the less complete OGL implemented on the intel integrated graphics drivers.

    Same deal for the Mac Mini (Intel 950=some issues, Gf9400=OK)

    You can get a 3 button mouse almost anywhere for under $10(us) or under 5 if you look around. I would strongly suggest getting one. Besides the 3button issues using a high end graphics application with a trackpad is significantly more difficult)

    (I just picked a cool logitech notebook mouse for my daughter (cord wraps up into slot around base) for $5 at a local 5Below.)
    Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Jon Chappell Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:16 AM (in response to Imix1320)
    The middle mouse is just for scrolling. You can replicate its functionality by holding down Alt while dragging. You really don't need the third button for Shake but you do need the second button because some functions are only available in context menus.

    You may find a tablet even easier than a mouse btw.
    Quad G5, 8 GB RAM; MacBook 2GHz Black, 2GB; PowerBook G4 1.5, 1 GB, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Final Cut Pro 6.0.2, Shake 4.0
  • Gerardo Sosa Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2009 5:51 AM (in response to Imix1320)
    Regarding the right click button:

    On my MacBook Pro, if I put two fingers on the trackpad at the same time and click, it is the equivalent of a right click on a three button mouse. You need to go into the Trackpad System Preferences to set that up.
  • Eisen Feuer Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 3, 2009 4:41 PM (in response to Imix1320)
    You marked the topic as read, but you might want to award those who helped you with the appropriate "Solved' and "helpful' badges.
    Mac Pro Octo2.26GHz Nahalem, 6GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4870, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • avideditor Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Jul 6, 2009 7:47 AM (in response to Imix1320)
    FYI... I work with shake on a Wacom tablet, and the tablet comes with a 4 button mouse (that I don't use) and the pen has the equivalent of a three button mouse with in it, that I use to work Shake.
    2 x 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 8 GB 800 MHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Kona 3, XServe RAID
  • imagine engine Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    Jul 9, 2009 5:57 PM (in response to Imix1320)
    You can customize mice on Mac OS X by using a third party utility called USB Overdrive. This utility can be used to configure a scroll wheel to behave as a middle mouse button. Not ideal but it's at least a low cost solution. I use it for mice and gamepads which don't supply a configuration utility for OS X such as for Logitech products even though the company claims to support OS X.
    MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac OS X 10.6, SOHO: Maya, FCS 2, Shake, iLife, iWork, Office, Time Capsule, iPhone 3G.

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