6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A tool for 3D pros only... not for consumers.,
This review is from: 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator Personal Edition USB (Personal Computers)
If you're a pro, 3dConnexion make higher-end navigators which you'd probably invest in. This one seems to have been aimed and priced at consumers, but with no thought about what software consumers might actually use.
I bought this hoping it would work as a scroll wheel like the Griffin Powermate, allowing me to scroll through video using Final Cut Pro, as well as general text scrolling using Firefox, Pages, Word etc. However it only actually functions with a limited range of software, most of it very high-end CAD CAM stuff, including Dassult's software for designing jet fighters, which will be of limited interest to the general public.
However there's no way to map the functions of the controller to mouse commands, and the only way to get it to work with general software is to write your own driver, which is not my idea of fun.
3Dconnexion: would it really hurt to add scrolling/jogger drivers for MS Office, iLife, Firefox and Safari? Or even a way to map its functions to eg. a mouse wheel? The tool would become instantly 10x more useful.