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The USB Overdrive is a universal USB driver that handles all USB mice, trackballs, keyboards, joysticks and gamepads from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on an application-specific basis. It reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, switches and controls and supports scrolling, keyboard emulation, launching and complex macros as well as all the usual stuff like clicking, control-clicking and so forth.

What's New

Version 3.0.2:
  • No longer tries to handle Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse
  • Updated Login Items and Installer code to support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Added code signature for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installation


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Mac2Win Member IconReview-3

This will do for some but if you want 100% windows like mouse acceleration you need to get ControllerMate 4.6. Like many who download this I too was frustrated by the os x mouse acceleration.
My wrist was getting sore from using the mouse under os x. I've tried SteerMouse, Mousefix 2, killamouseaccel commands, download MS drivers...nothing worked but ControllerMate.

Not Advertising for them, but I am compelled to write here as I know somebody will find this info helpful. I realized that every solution I found on the internet has been written by somebody willing to sit down and take their time to write about it.

So here is everything I learned about OS X mouse acceleration issue:

1) There is no easy System Preference to turn in off in 2 seconds.
2) There IS a difference in mouse acceleration between WIN and OSx (your not imagining it).
3) The only real solution is ControllerMatte unit some small app comes out that solves this.
4) SmoothMouse is an app with a lot of hype that is being worked on right now, but it is not out yet.

Now you go out and write about something that will help others.

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Version 3.0.2

SmoothMouse is a free option that can give you a very Windows-like mouse acceleration curve. ControllerMate has the most horrific interface I've ever seen.


I think Mac Mouse Acceleration is a lot better than Windows Mouse Acceleration. I hardly have to move my OS X Mouse to get it anywhere on the screen. On Windows, I have to move the mouse larger distances.

In OS X, you have to learn to use your fingers, to flick the mouse, not your wrist. When you do, you'll realize how much easier it is to use the mouse in OS X. You don't use your wrist at all.

Aargl Member IconReview+352

This product comes in where big corporates selling high priced trackballs such as Kensington have abandoned support for their old customers!
My Expert Mouse works perfectly on Mountain Lion and better than with Kensington's original driver on Snow Leopard! (I had strange behaviours in Firefox that seem to have disappeared with this driver!
It definitely deserves the money!

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Version 3.0.2
Lopoz Member IconReview+46

Finally, all Logitech MX518 buttons can be programmed! Now I can get rid of SteerMouse :)

Side note: I had to reboot twice to be able to fully program my mouse buttons. Not sure if it's a problem on my end, but thought I'd mention it..

I deducted 1,5 stars for the lack of response on earlier support questions (made by me) by the developer. When someone purchases a software, some support should be given, IMO..

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Version 3.0.2
Velgor242 Member IconReview+49

This update makes my week. Many thanks to the developer!

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Version 3.0.2
Ronl Member IconReview+926

Excellent software!!
The first third-party app I install when doing a new installation.
Thanks for the update Alessandro!

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Version 3.0.2
Rich K. Member IconReview+93
Rich K.

Wow an update :-) I don't wish to sound mean but could the dev not have fixed the conflict with the Magic trackpad a couple of years earlier?

Other than the patchy update schedule this for me has to be the best 3rd party usb driver. It makes my old Microsoft mouse sing and dance!

Thanks for keeping it alive Dev.

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Version 3.0.2
Xenophile Member IconComment+691

Doesn't remember settings on ML until I open the preference pane, click all the mouse butttons, and then close the pane.

I hope there is a fix for this soon.

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Version 3.0.1
Velgor242 Member IconComment+49

Works fine in Mountain Lion, though this doesn't excuse apparent abandonment by the developer. I would jump at another option, but USB Overdrive is the only driver that allows for separate settings per input device. Sigh.

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Version 3.0.1
Lostczech Member IconComment+22

Does not install on Mountain Lion! You get a security warning saying "Install USB Overdrive.pkg can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer."

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Version 3.0.1

This is because GateKeeper is on by default in Mountain Lion - it can be turned off in system prefs. I presume the developer will get around to signing it at some stage but in the early days of Mountain Lion there are bound to be a number of apps from smaller developers that are not yet signed.


Spot on Amergin! I fixed this by going to System Preferences > Security and Privacy > General, and checking Allow App Downloads from Anywhere.

Wizardling Member IconReview+31

The latest (though rather old now :-( ) version of USBO is less intuitive, offers no real value unless you're in Lion and must run this version, is buggy, has broken features (selecting Diablo II for example makes the USBO Pref pane bug out and I have to force quit System Prefs), and support emails go unanswered months later :-(

What a shame formerly excellent software was never at least fixed in OSX 10.6, let alone 10.7. Worse is the developer continues to sell it without at least making it free or removing it for good. If something doesn't happen soon, I'll be demanding a refund, though actually getting through to someone to make such a demand is another matter...

I've used versions of USBO since I got my Lime Rev. c iMac back in 1999 - the first Mac I ever used with USB. It really is a pity the developer is ruining USBO's formerly great reputation through inaction.

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Version 3.0.1

Well, nearly _16 months_ on since I first tried to get email support for v3's broken and buggy features. I have just sent yet another email - my fifth now - requesting a refund for my purchased upgrade to v3 from v10.4.8 which I have long since downgraded to. Thank goodness I still use OS X 10.6.8 on my Macs, which continues working fine with USBO v10.4.8.

I honestly don't expect a reply, but out of principle I am asking anyway.

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Downloads 130,884
Version Downloads 22,937
Type Drivers / Other
License Shareware
Date 10 Aug 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $20.00
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