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I gone into reviewing Mouseposé with the idea of using it in the classroom where I teach introductory Mac classes. It’s a simple app in its function and design and so I thought a good approach to this review would be to discuss the scenarios where […]

I gone into reviewing Mouseposé with the idea of using it in the classroom where I teach introductory Mac classes. It’s a simple app in its function and design and so I thought a good approach to this review would be to discuss the scenarios where the application shines best.

Mouseposé is designed with presentations in mind, by spotlighting the mouse cursor similar to the search behavior in System Preferences in 10.4. It’s a simple utility, but if you find yourself teaching, presenting, or just have a hard time keeping track of that silly arrow, Mouseposé is a great solution.
It has all the configuration that you may expect:

Mouseposé Settings

This is the pane for configuring the mouse effect. I choose to mash on my modifiers and use the letter ‘m’ for obvious reasons. I really like the ‘Draw Clicks in Color’ feature too. A few of my elderly students had a hard time targeting UI elements and this little red dot saved the day many times.

The author had enough insight to activate the Mouseposé effect while moving any of the spotlight slider elements around. This gives the user a clear and immediate response to how the UI reacts to changes.

Mouseposé Keyboard Settings

Here was an unexpected surprise, a keyboard feature! Mouseposé will display keystrokes as you would see from Address Book’s ‘Large Type’. I would have preferred an option to maintain all keys on the screen for a specific amount of time and letter count, but it would only show multiple keystrokes if I typed very fast or used modifier keys. When teaching an intro class it is much more efficient to keep this information on screen for as long as possible.

Mouseposé Extra Settings

There are a few extra items as well, such as start at login, when and if Mouseposé should check for a new version, and where the application shows its smiling self.

Mouseposé is a very useful tool to have, and for $15 the time I saved teaching with it paid for it. Wrangling a student’s eyes to where I needed them to look is hard enough, and with Mouseposé my frustration level stays below freezing.

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  1. what’s really cool is it works with Remote Desktop so you can record screencasts of Windows apps with the Boinx-y effect. I’ll have to try it within Parallels too (though I’ll probably have to reassign the F1 toggle to splat+F1 or something Mac-only).

  2. Just make sure you’re not logging into something while your keystrokes are showing on-screen, otherwise the whole class sees your password :)

  3. Somehow Mouseposé is smart enough to figure out most password fields and not the keystrokes then. I’d test it before I’d start to rely on it though. Nevertheless a nice feature.

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