Free Focused Scroll
Free Focused Scroll
0.7

5.0

Free Focused Scroll free download for Mac

Free Focused Scroll

0.7
29 October 2006

Trackpad driver for recent Apple laptops.

Overview

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!

What's new in Free Focused Scroll

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.

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4 Free Focused Scroll Reviews

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Beri~
09 October 2008

Most helpful

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
Beri~
09 October 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.
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Version 0.7
Crucial
30 October 2007
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
01 April 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.
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Version 0.7
Juki
29 September 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.
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Version 0.62
2 answer(s)
Juki
Juki
02 October 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
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Version 0.63
F-frapporti
F-frapporti
30 January 2007
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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Version 0.7
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
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