messing with voice recognition
And now for the exciting conclusion to My Mouse Troubles™
Thus far, I bought this mouse
and am planning on sending it back because I'm finding it too difficult to press the side buttons with my thumb and the cord is so thick that the mouse recoils when released. Yesterday I decided to go to my local Best Buy to see if the Logitech MX Master
was any more comfortable to hold. It looks to be a good mouse, but I still felt like I wouldn't be able to use the side buttons and scroll wheel very well. The Logitech 510
did feel nice though, and the side buttons were easy to press - plus it was less than a third of the price of the MX Master. So, I ended up getting that...but the story is just beginning.
I bring it home and download Setpoint, Logitech's driver and customization software. Setpoint proceeds to recognize my old Logitech keyboard, but not the mouse. 30 minutes of research later, I realize that Setpoint apparently works with nearly all Logitech products EXCEPT this mouse and a few others. I have to use a smaller program called Options to customize the mouse options. That works, but there are no options for mouse acceleration or switching profiles for different programs, and on top of all this, the mouse is noticeably floaty and doesn't seem to be tracking nearly as accurately as my broken G400. Further exploration of the Logitech forums appear to show a number of people having issues with this mouse's accuracy, including a guy who kept a profanity-laced blog of his awful Logitech experiences over the course of several years. The 510 is comfortable, but it's selecting lines that I don't want selected along with other minor but frustrating quirks.
I notice that Setpoint is still running in the taskbar, so I close it and then go to the Control Panel to install it, since it isn't recognizing this mouse anyway. Up pops a message telling me it cannot be uninstalled now...in RUSSIAN.
In every activity, in every task, a time may eventually arrive when even the most patient among us needs to take a deep breath, raise their head to the sky, and shout "FU%# THIS SH%*t!. For me, that time had come.
So in honor of that insanity and my return to using my Cintiq for pretty much everything, even if I have to chicken-type with a pen on a virtual keyboard and use Windows Speech Recognition to enter brush sizes in Photoshop, I would like to nominate November 22nd to be National Hug your Graphics Tablet Day
, to proudly be recognized alongside National Cranberry Relish Day (yes, that is real). I may lose 640 pixels of screen width and have to either wear headphones or use my TV as a third monitor in order to hear sounds when I use my Cintiq, but oh is it wonderful to have the cursor go EXACTLY where you want it to.
I've said this before, but if you draw for a living, for the occasional commission, or just draw a whole lot for fun, I seriously recommend you consider saving up for a Cintiq
, even the smallest one (the 13HD, which I have). Pair it with Lazy Nezumi
(unless you're using Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint, in which case you don't need additional stroke stabilization), and it can change an artist's life.
(this journal not paid for by Wacom. they may make great hardware, but their drivers are as bad as Logitech's)
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