USB Overdrive

Version: 3.0 || Release Date: 2009-09-16 || License: Shareware ($20.00) App Owner: duckfeet

The USB Overdrive X is a device driver for Mac OS X (Jaguar, Panther and Tiger) that handles any USB mouse, trackball, joystick and gamepad from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on a per-application basis.

It reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, switches and controls and supports scrolling, keyboard emulation, launching and all the usual stuff like clicking, control-clicking and so forth. The USB Overdrive can easily handle several USB devices at once.

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USB Overdrive 3.0 is out. Snow Leopard support. w00t!

Basically works like a charm.

But I'm experiencing problems while using it in conjunction with "Locker" (the neat little widget to lock your Mac with a simple double-click). Whenever I unlock my MacBook, the mouse pointer goes crazy and is twice as fast as intended.

Any tips or solutions for this?

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bwain, 7 years ago (score: 1)

USB Overdrive can accelerate the Mighty Mouse, just like SteerMouse.

Keyboard emulation!

Under Windows, there's an app called "JoyToKey" to emulate a gamepad for legacy games who don't support it by default. I guess this does the same thing for your Mac. This is precious; without it, I'd have much less fun playing games that require quick reflexes on a stupid keyboard.

I'm a keyboard person but I have a Logitech MX310 and didn't want to waste the extra buttons. I decided to map various Expose and Dashboard functions using USB Overdrive, which makes more sense to me than hitting F9 - F12 since Expose and Dashboard are basically mouse-centric functions.

Tip: You can have something happen when you scroll your mousewheel while it is clicked, so even with a basic scroll mouse you have two actions available (clicked wheel up and clicked wheel down). No need for monster 10-button mice.