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arkadian Level 1 Level 1
Hi there,

got this mouse for Christmas, but to my amazement it doesn't have a middle button which I miss a lot... I have read other posts with suggestions about code written by other folks, but would like to know if there is anything new-reliable-stable around. Also, any chance of getting Apple to do it? I must confess I would not have bought it had I known it didn't have a middle button. I could always return it I suppose...


iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • tjtoed Level 1 Level 1
    BTT - Better Touch Tool...

    best app for magic mouse... turns it into a usable mouse...
  • Sascha H-K Level 2 Level 2
    or magicprefs, for free ..
  • lakeshore Level 2 Level 2
    I have tried those MM supplements, and eventually trashed them. I think Apple knew what it was doing when it limited the MM to a few key gestures. Too many gestures on the MM surface will result in a lot of unwanted actions, especially if, like me, you tend to rest other fingers on the mouse while you're scrolling. For the middle click, you have dedicated buttons on the keyboard for Dashboard of Expose, and how often, really, do you use the middle click? For me, the lack of a middle click is a small trade off for the great things the Magic Mouse does and does well, like momentum scrolling. The supplemental software programs that add more gestures only make the surface of the mouse more sensitive to unwanted actions.
  • Sascha H-K Level 2 Level 2
    i use the middle button for program switch and this works perfect.
  • arkadian Level 1 Level 1
    Hi again,

    I actually use the middle button to visualize the desktop and actually, yes, I find it quite useful. I do find it strange that they have chosen to move from a 4 button mouse to a more "ordinary" 2 one... (not that I have ever used the forth one).
  • arkadian Level 1 Level 1
    Hhmmm... I am playing with MagicPrefs and the middle button works just fine the way I want it.
    Not sure about the other options, can't quite get them to work:)
  • arkadian Level 1 Level 1

    I have tried both programs, the first one was MagicPrefs. Here the middle button worked a treat; no problems at all there. The downside is that I couldn't really get the hang of the various swipe/tap/click options. Tried a few, but given up (perhaps it is me).
    Then I tried BetterThanTouch and here I found the middle button somewhat more awkward (so much so I was about to ditch the program), however the other functionalities are ever so much easier to handle. In no time I learnt to use up/down two/three finger swipe, right/left single tap and pinch in/out. I have managed to install them all on the mouse and can use them no bother at all. Now the temptation is to keep installing, but I think I'll wait for a bit.

    The lack of buttons meant that at first I was quite disappointed with this mouse (and thinking of returning it, even if it was a present), but now (and NOT thanks to Apple) I think it is worth every penny as it is on a par with the macbook track pad.

    For those with a MM (especially if you are used to a multi-button mouse), you've got to try these applications.

    Message was edited by: arkadian
  • Sixcolors Level 1 Level 1
    I use the middle mouse button quite frequently. Typically in Firefox to open a link in a new tab without having to reach for the keyboard, but mostly in Maya - a 3D modeling and animation program - for panning inside the viewport. I'll probably keep my Logitech Revolution around for such emergencies.

    Otherwise it's a very nice mouse. There's still hope for an Apple-based middle-click, since it's become painfully obvious that it is a simple matter of software support.
  • arkadian Level 1 Level 1
    Well, I am becoming BBT biggest fan. The guy who has developed has replied to a query I had, now I have the option to rotate the photos on iPhoto with a tap defined for that application (it was giving me unwanted side effects when it was defined as "global"). Gosh this application is SO good!!!
    Why Apple has not done it beats me...
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7
    Mac App Store
    arkadian, why are you beating up on Apple. They often introduce a new technology and then let the 3rd party folks have at it. Some do it for money, others for the love of it. But whatever, we all benefit.

  • arkadian Level 1 Level 1
    Hi David,

    because without the extra software, IMHO, the mouse is not worth the money (and it is NOT cheap). There must be a reason why Apple have not come with a "finished" product. Perhaps the extension doesn't work well on some models, but still... if I pay megabucks I do expect good value for money (well, I suppose that always applies:)
  • Khyber Courchesne1 Level 1 Level 1
    The middle button is used frequently in CAD programs. I will probably return mine because of the horrible tracking and acceleration settings, and the lack of the middle button. I can't navigate my computer models in Google Sketchup or Vectorworks without the middle button.
  • Acetone. Level 1 Level 1
    These 3rd party apps show what can be done with the MM, I'm trying magicprefs at the moment just for the middle click. I found it works OK but you have to be quite precise were you actually click the mouse.
  • erephas Level 1 Level 1
    Is there any way to make this middle button to work in Windows environment? You see, I've got to use some Windows CAD applications for education, where navigating drawings without middle click would be horrible.
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