By Sterling “Chip” Camden
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Holy rodents on steroids, Batman! A mouse with 18 buttons? How could you possibly know which one you’re pressing without looking at it? Someone will have to invent home-row mousing!
Warmouse announced the OpenOfficeMouse yesterday (November 6), a mouse specifically designed for use in conjunction with OpenOffice, but also handy for any mouse-centric applications like AutoDesk AutoCAD, the GIMP, or World of Warcraft. This mouse comes pre-loaded with profiles for the OpenOffice applications based on 662 million datapoints of usage tracking data from OpenOffice 3.1.
Just reading through the features makes me dizzy:
- 18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality
For a total of 36 different single-key operations, I presume. Sounds more like a keyboard to me.
- Three different button modes: Key, Keypress, and Macro
I guess that means sending a “key down”, a “key down/up” sequence, or a series of mouse operations, but I’m not clear on that.
- Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with optional 4, 8, and 16-key command modes
In case the mouse wasn’t enough, it has a joystick, too!
- Clickable scroll wheel
Uh, I would have been a little surprised if they’d left that out.
- 512k of flash memory
What about those folks who’ll need 640K?
- 63 on-mouse application profiles with hardware, software, and autoswitching capability
Never mind trying to remember 18 buttons – try remembering 63 different profiles for what they do!
- 1024-character macro support.
Send a KB at the click of a button.
- Open source support software for creating, managing, and customizing application profiles
This is starting to sound even more complicated. At least it’s open source.
- Import and export of custom profiles in XML format
So you can have the same profiles in each of your eighteen mice?
- Optional audio notification of profile switching with customizable wave files
“Now assuming identity SpreadsheetÜbermaus.”
- PDF export of profile button assignments
PDF? Really? I guess that’s so you can print it out to paste on the wall so you can remember how to save so much time with all these button assignments.
- Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI
For when you need your mouse to be able to detect your heartbeat through your fingertips.
- Default profiles for Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, and Draw based on actual usage statistics compiled for OpenOffice.org 3.1
- 20 default profiles for popular games and applications, including Adobe Photoshop, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, World of Warcraft, and the Call of Duty series.
This isn’t a mouse, it’s the Rat King.
Okay, I know I’m biased. I’m not a big fan of mice in general – I find the keyboard to be a much more precise and expressive device for all but the most graphically-oriented tasks. What say you, readers of the GUI persuasion? Would you rush out and buy this mouse? At least it isn’t terribly expensive – retail $74.99 USD.