If you know me personally, then you probably know that I am going blind thanks to a rare genetic eye disease. My eye disease has already been a huge detriment to my eyesight. One of the big things to suffer is my ability to see small things moving fast right in front of me. On a multi-monitor setup, this makes finding the cursor absolute hell.
I’ll keep this short, as I’ve basically already told you what the problem is. On my three monitor development computer, I am constantly losing the mouse during the day. I had used the Microsoft accessibility mousefinder (press CTRL, and it pings around the mouse). The problem with this is, there is only an effect around 50-100 PX around the mouse, and it is a very light gray, almost unnoticeable.. For someone like me, if I am not looking at the monitor when I click the CTRL button, I have to click it multiple times and dart my eyes back and forth in a futile attempt to catch a glimpse of the action… I had tried other cursor finders, but none I liked…
So what’s a guy to do when he doesn’t like his options? MAKE A NEW OPTION… What else should we as developers do, am I right? So, I went ahead and made a mousefinder of my own, with 6 separate settings to change the effect. I am releasing it here for anyone else that may also have problems finding their mouse at times.
Some of its features include:
- Multiple options to change to achieve the exact effect you want.
- If your mouse moves while it is honing in, it will hone in on its current position.
- Many times, I would press the button and move my mouse at the same time, and many times, the mouse happened to be at a screen edge, so I would miss it. This program will restart its animation on a new screen if the mouse changes its screen while playing.
- Tested on Windows 7 x64
- Stylish color changing from green to red.
- Deployed as a ClickOnce, so easy to remove if you don't like it.
- Press Right CTRL to trigger effect
- Application lives in notification area so that you can easily reach configuration or close it.
- To get it to run on startup, copy its application shortcut from its startmenu directory to the “Startup” folder in your startmenu.
I understand if you don’t download this… You don’t know me and I don’t know you. I can only say that I have honestly NOT added any virus’ or malware to the package.
Yeah, I know it’s weird
Finally, if you do use this application - please leave a comment, or email me and tell me what you think of it. Encounter a bug or hashes no longer match? I want to know that too!
<warning type=”BadPun”>Now, stop messing around and start mousing around!</warning>
| posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 5:44 PM