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Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 8:12:26 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Hi all,

 

I’m looking for suggestion on pointing devices other than a standard 3 button mouse that will work with Revit. Typically by 2pm in the afternoon both my hand hurt from scrolling in and out all day. Yes I said both……when one get bad I simply switch to the other. Anyhow, I tried the Logic tech revolution mouse but had the same issue as other folk here on Revitcity…..can’t get the ball to pan in and out while scrolling at the same time. So any suggestion would be greatly appreciated……at this rate I’ll need new hands by end of the year!!!!

 

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Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 8:32:03 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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I switched to the Wacom Intuos 3 4"x5" tablet a few years ago at home and work.  It takes some getting used to, but once you do you will not want to use a mouse.  Check the Wacom site out at: www.wacom.com

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Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 10:52:58 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Tom,

I went on the site you mentioned.....which table do you use or which one would you recommend?

 

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Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 12:20:41 AM | Anything other than a mouse!

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I use the Intuos 3 becuase I like the zoom strip and the programable buttons on the tablet.  For size I just use the 4"x5"at home.  I have a 9"x12" at work which is actually too big for my tastes.  I have reduced the tablet size in the Wacom control panel to 4"x5" which works best for me.  They make a wide screen version now as wekk which I would get if I had a wide screen monitor.

Just a word of warning though, not everyone likes using these tablets.  I was fortunate enough to try oneout at AU a couple of years ago before I purchased one.  You do have to stick with it to get used to it and setup the Wacom properties to your liking.  The software they provide to control the settings is very powerful and you can have different pen and tablet settings by application.  An added bonus is that it works like a charm in Photoshop as the tablet is pressure sensative.  They give you PS Elements and some other nice software with the purchase and I am very happy with my decision to go with Wacom.

 


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Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 2:11:54 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Tom,

Thanks for you help and answering my questions so far, however, I do have a few more. When you say “zoom strip”….I’m assuming that this allows you to zoom in and out, which is something I do all the time and I know contributes to my hand pain. And I’m also assuming you do this on the tablet and not with the aid of a mouse. Can you pan around by using the table and pen? How does the table handle right click options? Lastly, when using Revit what percentage of time do you have to use your mouse verses the table? And what operations do you have to use your mouse on?

Thanks again, Alan

  

 

 


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Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 2:42:16 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Alan,
The zoom strip is a touch sensative strip about 1.5" long that you use a finger on to zoom in and out.  I reconfigure the pen to use my thumb on the down button as a right click.  No need for a left click since just tapping with the point of the pen is a left click.  I reprogram the up button on the pen to an F8 keystroke wich is pan and zoom as well in a plan view. I also have the buttons on the tablet programmed to ZE, ZO, ZR.  I have so many zoom and pan options I don't find myself with any repetivie stress I was experiencing with a mouse.  I pretty much use the pen 100% of the time now.  The only expection is if I have to dive into an old AutoCAD drawing where I switch to the mouse since I haven't taken the time to configure the pen for AutoCAD.
Check the Wacom website, they used to offer a 30 day money back policy if you didn't like the tablet.
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Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 2:02:13 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Tom,

I bought the table you recommended...but I can't seem to reprogram it to the setting you described below (e.g. Top button = FShadey. I added Revit as my application, but thats as far as I gotten. I'm sure I'm missing something simple. If you want to I'll call you and you can talk me through it if you have a few minutes to spare.

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Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 2:29:30 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Alan,

Start the Wacom tablet properties from the Windows Control Panel then follow the attached image to reprogram the pen settings.

Post again if you are still stuck.

 



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Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 3:00:44 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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Tom,

Got it.........I just need to highlight both at the one time........I love it already.

 Take the afternoon off on me!!!!

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Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 6:05:59 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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WOW...a 9x12 configured for use as a 4x5!? If I buy a 4x5 to replace it will you trade me? It'd save me $175+.

( I'm jealous )



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Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 7:05:58 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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The 9x12 at work is a hnad-me-down from a graphics guy that didn't like it.  When I arrived on the scende I asked if I could bring in my own Intuos 4x5 tablet and the IT guy said he had a 9x12 on the shelf I could use.  I find the 9x12 too big for my taste so I reduce the size.  I wish I could trade it for a 4x5, but it is not mine to begin with.  Sorry....

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Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 1:30:20 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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tom, could i ask how do you have your pan and zooms set up in revit? I am struggling to use a graphire 4.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 3:03:19 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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OK, I'm going to veer away from the tablet discussion for a moment, but don't worry, it is still about input devices and speaks to the OP's issues of scrolling discomfort:

 

I have been using my current mouse for a while without paying much attention to it...until recently. I started messing with the software that allows you to customize the button functions. My mouse's software allows you to assign keystroke combinations to single buttons, so I set one of the thumb buttons to be "ZAZR". So now, instead of scroll-scroll-scrolling out and scroll-scroll-scrolling back in, I hit the thumb button and click-click a window. It doesn't replace scrolling completely and you find yourself panning more offten, but my index finger sure has something to mention at Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. 

 

Not that it matters, because this can be done with any programmable mouse, but if you need a recommendation, I really like mine:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TCD1SC

 


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Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 3:42:58 PM | Anything other than a mouse!

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other options 

i use a combinmation of a logitec trackman, has the ball where your tumb is so i still have the middle wheel and also us a 3D-connect. once the 3d-connect works fully with revit i'm going to upgrade it to the full version and get rid of my trackman.

3d-connect is expensive so if anyone is looking for something better than a noramal mouse i would recomend the trackman as a cheap alternative.

 


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