Hi, I don't have SW with me on the new computer. I am considering to buy a new mouse. How important/useful it is to have a 3-button mouse rather than a 2-button mouse? Under what situation do we need the 3rd button?
15 button mouse.
Plus 3D SpaceMouse.
What are some of the additional commands you have setup with that mouse? I need to rethink how I use the different buttons. The Logitech software has an option to record button presses and display how often they are used, I need to do that with my keystrokes as well and see if I can find a more efficient setup for my mouse/SpaceMouse buttons.
I just have the two-button SpaceMouse Wireless now so I have those setup as:
My Mouse buttons are set to:
Only one button not assigned. My thumb not long enough.
I have control and shift on space mouse.
Basically I don't need to touch the keyboard except entering number or notes.
Still need to remember mouse gestures.
I got used to 3000DPI over a few months. I'll see if I need to go faster.
It depends on your needs and your expertise. Some users can use a 15 button mouse, some can only handle a two button mouse.
I have a 3 button mouse, plus a 3D SpaceMouse. This is all I need, any more that that is gadgetry IMO.
Most 3-button mice have a clickable scroll wheel. The only thing to be careful of with those is that if they have side-to-side scrolling and it doesn't have a positive 'click' side to side it can be difficult to get the middle-mouse button to register when rotating models.
Personally I have become a big fan of the Logitech G502 series. You can find them starting at $45 for the wired version and they have excellent accuracy/resolution, 5 programmable buttons in addition to the standard 3 button with scroll wheel arrangement.
It also has programmable cursor speeds so you can quickly switch back and forth between high speed movements and slow, accurate movements, as well as a set of adjustable weights that can be placed in the base of the mouse to adjust the feel of the mouse in your hand.
I can't even imagine using SW with anything less than a 3 button mouse. With only a 2 button mouse, how do you plan on replicating the middle mouse button commands?
Edit: There aren't many, and I suppose you COULD get away without them, but I wouldn't hamstring myself to save a dollar or 2.
2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Middle Mouse Button Functions
I have been using Logitech Anywhere MX 2 and Master. They are very good.
It is not about saving money. I want to buy a small, portable mouse for on the go with my laptop. For example Lenovo Yoga Mouse and Microsoft Arc Mouse. However, they only have two buttons.
Where you would find a 2-button mouse now aday without counting the sides' buttons or 3D mouse (can be up to 10+)?
I believe 3 is better than 2 - depends on how you custom it as I don't find any productivity lost from using one from another?
3DConnexion's CadMouse has a dedicated middle button in addition to the wheel and other buttons. This middle button defaults to rotate things easily in SWx without altering zoom as pushing down a wheel would often do. I got used to it fast and would not want to give that up.
Edit: Then again, I received it as a prize at a User Group meeting. Not just any meeting, but a 15th or 20th anniversary meeting. It was very special meeting with better food, more sponsored prizes, higher-ups present, and I got to meet the esteemed Mr. R. Doyle. As such, I paid nothing for it. It is invaluable. I'd have to rethink that statement if it's coming out of my pocket.
I purchased a wired 3D Connexion CadMouse and have no regrets - even though I had to pay for it. My original started to get intermittent on the left button, just before the warranty ran out. I emailed them and they told me to simply send them a picture of the cable cut next to the Serial number tag (on the cord) - so they could see the serial number. (no need to send anything back this way since it proved the mouse was non functional). They sent me a new one right away. I would have preferred the wireless version but it was not out then - cam out around a month (maybe less) later. I should have asked if it was coming out soon and if I could have upgraded if I paid the difference in cost. But I still love it - good feel, resolution, smooth on the pad (got their large mouse pad as a set when I got it).
Also have had a 3D Connexion Space Pilot Pro for several years. It works OK but I was (and still am) a sporadic user of the cad so I never got used to all the buttons. Mostly only use the center SpaceMouse multi axis controller and the button I assigned for FIT.
When I setup my system at home I got the wireless SpaceMouse (works wired or wireless and batteries last for really long time when charged (when plugged in to USB)). Love that one and would get one for work if my bigger Space Pilot Pro ever quit. If I get another mouse (home or work) it will probably be the Wireless Cad Mouse.
Only other problem I have had was with the desktop app fore the ~6+ year old Space Pilot - seems to lock up the space pilot sometimes. over time some updates have fixed it for a while and others messed it up. Usually just unplug and replug it and it works.
I have been using Logitech Anywhere MX 2 and Master. They are very good. It is not about saving money. I want to buy a small, portable mouse for on the go with my laptop. Ideally, I should be able to use them for SW as well. For example Lenovo Yoga Mouse and Microsoft Arc Mouse. However, they only have two buttons.
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