Free Focused Scroll
Your rating: Now say why...

(1) 5

Trackpad driver for recent Apple laptops.   Free
Add to my Watch List
Email me when discounted
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
What's New
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.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later



MacUpdate - Free Focused Scroll




  • Smart Scroll
    +2

  • SideTrack
    +1
Free Focused Scrol... User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 0.x:
(1)
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
(1)

sort: smiles | time
burypromote
+1

+8
Macsweep tipped on 21 Mar 2010
Does not work at all on a PowerBook G3 or on an iBook G4 both w/OS 10.4.11. I had tap-to-click enabled in mouse/trackpad preferences and Free Focused Scroll 0.7 made that setting of non-effect. I had to uninstall Free Focused Scroll 0.7 to regain my tap-to-click functionality again.
[Version 0.7]


burypromote
+1

+2
Beri~ commented on 09 Oct 2008
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.
[Version 0.7]


burypromote

+10
crucial commented on 30 Oct 2007
Just tried this on 10.5.

The preference pane says it is loading, but nothing happens. Thankfully the uninstall script works.
[Version 0.7]


burypromote

+1

Redfury reviewed on 01 Apr 2007
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.
[Version 0.7]


burypromote

+1
Juki commented on 29 Sep 2006
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.
[Version 0.62]

2 Replies

burypromote

+1
Juki replied on 02 Oct 2006
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
burypromote
f.frapporti replied on 30 Jan 2007
Same here... :(
Now that iScroll is having all those troubles with settings no alternative is left to us for two finger scrolling...
There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.

There are currently no ratings. Write a comment or review now.

Downloads:8,716
Version Downloads:8,035
Type:Drivers : Other
License:Free
Date:29 Oct 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
Overall (Version 0.x):
Features:
Ease of Use:
Value:
Stability:
Displaying 1-5 of 5
-
-
-
Please login or create a new
MacUpdate Member account
to use this feature
Watch Lists are available to
MacUpdate Desktop Members
Upgrade Now
Install with MacUpdate Desktop.
Save time moving files & cleaning
up space wasting archives.
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 the driver:
  • Two-finger scrolling like the new Apple laptops with the new USB trackpads;
  • Linear scroll regions that can be placed anywhere. This adds the functionality of a scroll-wheel;
  • Hotspots to bind taps in the corners of the trackpad to alternate mouse buttons;
  • Ability to remap the physical button to perform any type of mouse click.


The driver is NOT designed for use with the new 2005 PowerBooks nor is it based upon the newer driver for them. It is entirely based upon the original Darwin ADB trackpad driver with the information for how to activate `absolute' mode taken from the ScrollPad project. The preferences daemon and the two-finger scrolling code is taken from the iScroll2 project as we didn't really want to reinvent the whole wheel. At some point we intend to remove the iScroll2 scroll code, though. We believe it is possible to make the code much better if it utilises absolute coordinate information instead of just relative movement.

Do not worry about installing this driver, though. The installer will only allow it to be installed on compatible Macs and the uninstaller is pretty foolproof. Plus it's small!


- -