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PinPoint helps you locate your pointer on the screen by displaying an animated graphic of your choice around it. It is great when you have many monitors or to work outside in the sun on your MacBook or for people with visual disabilities.

The new version is only available through the Mac App Store, but for users of Mac OS X below 10.6.6, you can still get the older version from the www.macchampion.com Web site. No upgrade path to move to 3.5 though because of completely different copy-protection systems and until there is an upgrade option on the MAS.

What's New

Version 3.7.10:

Note: The Demo version is currently at 3.7.4; the version available for purchase is 3.7.10.

  • More fixes for multi-screen crosshair behavior

Requirements

OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Joel Mueller Member IconReview+119
Joel Mueller
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I really like the "large cursor" option vs. having a circle or something around the normal cursor. It highlights where my mouse is for people watching from other screens and keeps it obvious that it's my mouse vs. a weird floating circle around my cursor. :)

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Version 3.7.10
Drdul Member IconComment+448
Drdul
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I really, really like PinPoint, and I use it all the time to a) locate my cursor on my big screen, and b) align elements in graphics apps. The only thing I don't like is that it's a resource hog. I just upgraded to Mavericks, and was checking out the new features in Activity Monitor. I clicked on the Energy tab, sorted the list by Average Energy Impact, and found PinPoint sitting at the top of the list, with more than double the energy impact of notorious power-hungry apps like Dropbox and Lightroom.

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Version 3.7.8
Drdul
+0

I have switched to myPoint Light, which for my needs does everything that PinPoint does, but does it without consuming huge amounts of energy, especially when idle. And it's only 99 cents in the Mac App Store.

CollinBl Member IconReview+18
CollinBl
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A little cracker. Have used it for a couple of years now and starts no problem.
Just done a video to help brother and having left click right click showing in screen recording helps a heap. Thanks a bunch.
10.8.4

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Version 3.7.4
YankeeInParis Member IconReview+3
YankeeInParis
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PinPoint 3.7.6's "launch on login" option doesn't work on my OS X 10.8.4 iMac system. I've added PinPoint to the launch bar list of programs but I'd rather it started automatically. Any suggestions?

Also, I see that PinPoint is consistently at the top of the Activity monitor's list of active programs, 1-2% CPU time. Seems like a lot of work is done (and electricity used) for what I would have thought was a relatively simple task.

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Version 3.7.4
YankeeInParis
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Something's wrong with the version numbers too... below my post it says I'm using 3.7.4 but the downloaded version says it's 3.7.6

I've been using it with the "On while Moving" option, which along with the simple green circle seems to be the least distracting option (I do a lot of typing) while allowing one to locate the cursor quickly when lost.

On balance I like this simple app. I hope they get the "start on boot" option fixed since I also move around between different logins.

brfer Member IconComment+5
brfer
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I've had PinPoint installed since last century and currently v 3.7.1 paid-up, but this new version v 3.7.2 downloads as a DEMO.

What gives? If it is a paid update, that's OK, but please spell it out.

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Version 3.7.2
Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
+3

I tried PinPoint for a few days, and was finding it somewhat useful with my dual 30-inch monitors, but what convinced me was when I fired up Photoshop and was retouching a photo that was mostly gray asphalt. Adobe still hasn't given us the option of changing the cursor to a colour other than gray, so here I was struggling to find the healing brush when I remembered that I installed the PinPoint trial. I activated PinPoint (I have it off most of the time), and was able to see the cursor no matter what the background.

Things I like about PinPoint include a wide range of different cursor styles and the ability to tweak the appearance of the cursor, a hotkey option to toggle PinPoint on and off (which is how I use it), and the option of hiding the menubar icon. I have fund that occasionally it doesn't toggle on or off properly, but an extra press of the hotkey usually fixes that.

What I would like to see is a monochrome menubar option (the red icon bugs me), and a "Toggle" command in the menu that drops down when the menubar icon is clicked (for those times when it's awkward to use the keyboard hotkey combination, or for when the hotkey doesn't properly toggle the cursor).

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Version 3.6.3
Drdul
+1

PinPoint is still a useful app, but if I could I would knock a half star off my original rating as I have noticed it uses a surprising amount of CPU resources for an app that does only one simple thing. I had hoped that subsequent updates would reduce PinPoint's CPU use, but a year and half later it's still near the top of the Activity Monitor window.

Beamy Member IconComment+200
Beamy
+3

"Buy before you try !"
Is that new App Store Slogan (ASS) ?
I dont like that.

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Version 3.6.2
Lagente Software (Developer)
+4

The Mac App Store doesn't allow demo versions, but developers are free to provide a trial version on their web site. If you visit our web site at www.lagentesoft.com, you will be able to download a 7-day trial version to try it out.

Lvdoc
+3

Ah, the beauty of a demo. The demo just convinced me to buy it. With Lion on the horizon and the very real threat of the loss of Rosetta, I didn't know what I would do without my old "Screen Crosshair" program (which is PPC only). I wrote that developer, but their e-mail is defunct. But PinPoint gives me the same feature (and is a bit zippier). And the price is right. So, you just made a sale.

Arby2008 Member IconReview+11
Arby2008
+2

This is one great little tool for me! I use multiple monitors and this makes it so easy to find my pointer. They keep improving it too, more so now than with the older versions. does a lot more than mouse locator, although that one is free. But I find that encouraging these friendly people makes me feel like they will support it longer. Te full screen crosshairs are very visible and useful on my two screens. And I like the animations it provides although some are a bit too flashy for my taste. Sme are subtle and you can control them too. A real winner for me!

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Version 3.6.1
Colette Member IconComment+493
Colette
+11

No demo, no sales at mu!

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Version 3.6.1
Easer
+1

And no kidding. Do we have to pay a car dealer the full price of a car just to take it for a spin?

Hey, this is free:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/21858/omnidazzle

Lagente Software (Developer)
+5

Hi! We understand this, and actually, based on this very coment, we created a new 7-day trial version! You can download it here: http://www.lagentesoft.com/Lagente_Software/PinPoint_files/PinPointTrial.zip Hope this helps! - Marcie

MacBunny Member IconReview+66
MacBunny
+1

Ahhh where is my cursor :-)

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Version 3.6.1
Lagente Software (Developer)
+0

Glad you enjoy it!

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Just-Mac
Version 3.7.8
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brfer
Version 3.7.4
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mwab
Version 3.7.3
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Sheeraz Ahmed
Version 3.7.1
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Dochoz
Version 3.6.3
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Downloads 45,477
Version Downloads 4,951
License Demo
Date 31 Dec 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99
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