Freeware of the Moment- Pointix Scroll ++

You are probably aware that I have been playing with the MoGo Mouse/ HP PC Card Mouse for a few days and I really like it so far.  The model I am using has no scroll capabilities like most of the mice today and MoGo has recently begun touting "their" utility for providing scrolling capability without the wheel.  I did some research after downloading and installing "their" utility and found it is actually an old utility called Pointix Scroll ++ that was released way back before there were any mice that had scroll wheels.  Scroll ++ has a simple principle, you assign one of the mouse buttons to trigger scrolling or panning within a window.  I have assigned the right mouse button to that function so when I want to scroll or pan a window, say a browser window while using the HP mouse, I just hold down the right button and drag the mouse around.  This causes the window to pan around following the mouse as long as I hold that button down.  Simply pressing the right button still sees the mouse button work as it normally would so Scroll ++ is pretty useful with the MoGo/ HP mouse. 

The utility offers full configuration options such as scrolling speed and trigger button and is totally free as abandonware.  I found a blog that originally touted Scroll ++ last year and the history of the utility is pretty colorful.  It seems that it was originally a commercial product but when all mice started appearing with scroll wheels the market dried up and the company stopped offering it.  The blog points out that it is thus distributable for free as abandonware and recommended it to readers as such.  Apparently Newton Peripherals, the company behind the MoGo/ HP mouse discovered it on this blog as they not only started offering it on their site but their instructions for setup of Scroll ++ are a direct copy from the blog which has understandably left the blogger a bit unhappy.  Newton is even calling it the "MoGo Mouse BT Scrolling Software" and implying they wrote it which is pretty cheesy if you ask me.

The utility is working well for me so if you have one of these mice check out Scroll ++.  Note that once installed it works with any mouse without a scroll wheel including laptop trackpads so it might be worth a look for use with those too.  The download ZIP also has a utility called PopMouse in it which simply assigns macros to mouse gestures.  I tried it and didn’t like it so I uninstalled it pronto.  Note that Scroll ++ would likely be useful for UMPCs that have joysticks and two buttons on the bezel too.

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