Product Watch: Ditch The Mouse, Toss The Trackpad
And Give Mind Control A Try!
MindVision recently announced
a free update to MindControl, a program that is targeted at PowerBook
and iBook users. MindControl reduces your dependency on input devices
like trackpads or mice in an elegant way. Actions that would normally
require one or several mouse clicks opening a bookmarked web page,
launching a program, sending an e-mail, etc can all be done with
just a few keystrokes. One keystroke combination, command + tilde by default,
pops up the floating strip pictured below, another combination tells MindControl
which action you want to take. MindControl also sports an auto complete
feature to save keystrokes when issuing commands. You can also use your
tab or arrow keys to navigate through your options. MindControl saves
valuable screen real estate by remaining hidden until invoked and disappearing
once it has done its work.
MindControl 1.1 Feature List
- Support for keeping file paths up to date - MindControl can
check your commands list and help you locate any files whose paths are
no longer valid.
- Quick access to enclosing folders - Now you can select a command
for a file or folder and open the item's enclosing folder at the Finder.
- Fast help when you need it - To help you use MindControl's
built-in system commands, a quick reference guide is available whenever
the popup menu is active.
- Support for the Favorites folder - Bringing another control
function to your keyboard, the MindControl popup menu can show items
from your system Favorites folder.
- Translucent popup menu - Taking a page from Apple's Aqua interface,
MindControl's popup menu has a translucent appearance.
- Mouse/trackpad functionality - Though MindControl remains keyboard
driven, you can also use a mouse or trackpad to select commands in the
MindControl is shareware and costs $20. Upgrades to version 1.1 are free
to previously registered users of MindControl. For more information or
to download a free demo, visit the MindControl