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Free Focused Scroll is a project to implement an open source driver for Apple PowerBooks. The project was started as an alternative to SideTrack (which isn't free) and an improvement upon iScroll2. It achieves its advanced features by running the trackpad in what is called 'absolute' mode. This means that the driver can tell exactly what part of the pad your finger is touching. The Apple driver (and iScroll2) both run the pad in 'relative' mode, and while that facilitates a simpler driver because the pad does most of the work, it is very limiting of what you can do.

Most notably running in 'absolute' mode allows more...

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Version 0.7:
  • In addition to the installer having a new fancy icon, I've cleaned the code up a bit and disabled quite a bit of debugging code.


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Beri~ Member IconComment+2

Same problem for me... it installs, I restart, then open up preferences and put in all the settings I want, only to have it not work =(
iBook G4 with OS 10.3.9

I really want the 2 fingered scroll and now I'm stuck with iScroll which keeps resetting my prefs every time I shut down computer =(

Message to the developer: please fix the problem! Most of us can't use the app at all when it's like this. Same for anyone else who knows how to fix the program.

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Version 0.7
crucial Member IconComment+11

Just tried this on 10.5.

The preference pane says it is loading, but nothing happens. Thankfully the uninstall script works.

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Version 0.7
Redfury Member IconReview+1

Works GREAT on my 15" G4 Titanium Powerbook 1Ghz.
Calibrated and set options easily, and in less than 5 minutes I had a "scrolling" trackpad.
I dunno if it helps, but here's some info directly from the Apple Website
"The driver is entirely based upon the original Darwin ADB trackpad driver with the information for how to activate `absoluteÕ mode taken from the ScrollPad project. The preferences daemon and the two-finger scrolling code is taken from the iScroll2 project.

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Version 0.7
Juki Member IconComment+3

Just can't get the scrolling feature to work;
programmed it per instructions but it's totally unresponsive.
Didn't test any of the other features since I'm only interested in scrolling.
Powerbook Aluminum 1.5GHz(2004 model) OS 10.3.9.

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Version 0.62

Same issue with v.0.63. Can't get scrolling to work.....it's totally unresponsive. Tried to program it several times but no scrolling at all. Zilch


Same here... :(
Now that iScroll is having all those troubles with settings no alternative is left to us for two finger scrolling...

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Downloads 8,748
Version Downloads 8,067
Type Drivers / Other
License Free
Date 29 Oct 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free