MagicPrefs
MagicPrefs
2.4.3

4.3

MagicPrefs free download for Mac

MagicPrefs2.4.3

09 November 2016

Adds functions and options to the Apple Magic Mouse.

Overview

Note: MagicPrefs is no longer under development.

MagicPrefs is no longer maintained, the functionality it provided was made possible by Api's that are now deprecated and reverse engineered private Apple frameworks

MagicPrefs is a toolbar application for OS X which aims to improve the functionality and configuration options of the Apple Magic Mouse. It features the MagicMenu, the ability to bind a variable number of finger clicks and taps to functions like Middle Click, Hold Down Both Mouse Buttons, Spaces, Expose, Dashboard, MagicMenu, etc.

  • Tap Sensitivity implements an advanced algorithm that impacts a number of factors used to determine taps, all controllable by a single slider.
  • Tracking Speed adds the ability to increase the maximum available speed by an extra 25%.
  • And to top it all off it features a real-time display of the fingers touching the surface of the mouse that you can enable to test and monitor the way the mouse sees your input.

Note: MagicPrefs is more than 5 years old now and is no longer maintained. Download and use at your own risk on OS X versions newer than 10.8 Mountain Lion.

What's new in MagicPrefs

Version 2.4.3:
  • Added support for the rechargeable magic mouse and trackpad.

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68 Reviews of MagicPrefs

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Islandmacman
07 March 2010
Version: 1.7.3

Most helpful

Overall, a great app. It creates a lot of options, my favorite being the tracking speed adjustment. The advanced pinch and drag options give a hint to the future of mousing - it's like a little touchpad in your hand. The only issue I have is a wake from sleep delay. The MagicPrefs seem to take a while to re-activate. Great app! Nice work.
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Edac2
27 February 2018
Version: 2.4.2
MagicPrefs stopped working for me, too. Then I saw this on the developer's site: “MagicPrefs is more than 5 years old now and is no longer mantained. The functionality it provided was made possible by API's that are now deprecated and reverse engineered private Apple frameworks. Apple is not likely to replace the deprecated API's nor provide access to the underlying multitouch technology. So that's the end of the line for MagicPrefs and similar software. TLDR, if it doesn't work anymore that‘s it. If it still works, then its just a matter of time until it won‘t.”
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Perfakir
04 December 2015
Version: 2.4.2
Does not work with the new MagicMouse.
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Bytes
28 May 2014
Version: 2.4.2
For the longest time I resisted using the MagicMouse because it didn't do what I needed. Now with MagicPrefs, I am a very happy Apple mouse user just by adding a center click option, and pinch in/out for zooming text. Stable, free, efficient utility... Thanks!
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Grandpa-John
22 April 2012
Version: 2.4.0
I have been using the previous version for some time in Snow Leopard and just installed version 2.4. Now every time I try to use the preferences settings the application crashes. What gives?
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Adumbrate
10 January 2012
Version: 2.3.1
I love the fact that this has a two-finger click that can hold both the left and right side of the mouse. I play a lot of video games and this comes in handy for Call of Duty games and Skyrim. The only confusing part is how to set presets without needing to access the Preferences and changing it. I want it to just automatically turn on if I launch an app. It doesn't seem to do so for Call of Duty or Skyrim. I'll dig around and see if there's info about this.
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jgelling
07 January 2012
Version: 2.3.1
This wonderful little utility saved my MacBook. Apple for some unimaginable reason removed the three finger App Switcher gesture from OS X Lion, probably in favor of the useless Mission Control feature. This app is the only reliable way to get the App Switcher gesture back. But the only way I found to have the gesture work *consistently* is to enable all 3 and 4 finger gestures - up, down, left and right - to invoke the App Switcher. Then, you need to disable pretty much all of Apple's 3 and 4 finger gestures from the Trackpad settings under the System Preferences menu. This is no loss, because those gestures just switch to the useless Mission Control and widgets screen, which no one would ever seriously want to use anyway, much less have a shortcut for. You have to do both though - the utility doesn't seem quite as precise as the old gesture used to be - if there are competing 3 and 4 finger swiping gestures, even if they're different, i.e. up or down instead of left or right - MagicPrefs will sometimes miss your swiping and that's just frustrating. But until Apple brings back the 3 finger App Switcher swipe - presumably around when they realize how useless Mission Control is - MagicPrefs is the best answer I've found for MacBook users to get back this essential gesture.
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Jeff-H-
17 September 2011
Version: 2.3.0
I don't want to trash this software before being able to give it a chance, so just a comment for now. The software keeps saying "no mouse" when it is there. I'm running 10.7.1 on a new mini
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NemEh
17 September 2011
Version: 2.3.0
There's some issue when working with Lion OS. When I checked in the "One Finger Middle Axis Click" from Clicks & Taps option, the middle click opens the dashboard everytime, like if it was the default option for Dashboard. I'm not able to change or configure this on dashboard. Please, help if you know how to fix this. Thanks.
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Antoinesynopsis
15 August 2011
Version: 2.3.0
It's the first app I tried to enhance my mouse and my pads. Good soft even if I rather prefer BetterTouchTool for my purpose.
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Orion-Mk-V
01 August 2011
Version: 2.3.0
People can still download the 10.6 compatible version on the developers website.
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F451
01 August 2011
Version: 2.3.0
Given that there are those dependent upon software companies— other than Apple—to address Lion compatibility, the loss of MagicPrefs 10.6.x support makes transitioning a waiting game. Users' who have mission critical situations to deal with know what I am talking about. A fine app, but sure wish the Developer had held onto 10.6.x support a wee bit longer. :)
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Moxiesozo
01 August 2011
Version: 2.3.0
-- Wow. Bye-bye Snow Leopard support & updates from this version onwards. Sad.
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Cosmin-Serban
08 May 2011
Version: 2.2.0
Great App! The inverse scrolling is awesome, it helps me prepare for OS X Leopard. ;)
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5
Islandmacman
09 April 2011
Version: 2.1.0
Thanks for the update!
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Phoenix⚡⚡
08 April 2011
Version: 2.1.0
Great!! Many Thanks for global inverse scroll option. .. ◕‿◕
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3.5
Phoenix⚡⚡
05 April 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Many Thank for great and usefully App. *Hope you can add the option to reverse Magic Mouse Scrolling (iPhone style) in next new update. Thank You!
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Yoxi
23 March 2011
Version: 2.0.2
This would be a great replacement for the (sadly discontinued) MagicMouse app, if it were possible to tune down the sensitivity of the touch-area on the mouse. It's driving me nuts how easy it is to accidentally tap-click when this action is enabled (something MagicMouse got right). Is there any way to turn this down?
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Islandmacman
24 February 2011
Version: 2.0.1
I'm starting to have problems with the way this software behaves - it's installing software I do not want. Is there an option to disable the auto-update check? I do not see any. Is there a way to disable Magic Menu so that it doesn't re-install after each update? Is there a way to permanently disable all the 'extras' that have no bearing on the original purpose of MagicPrefs? I love the software, but I don't like all the other stuff going on. thanx.
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Chen!
23 February 2011
Version: 2.0.1
I can't use Tab function with Magic Trackpad. Do I miss something?
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Rondfranks
22 February 2011
Version: 2.0.0
Version 2.0 seems to have trouble during wakeup on my 1st gen 27" i7 iMac. Sometimes the MagicPrefs icon in the menu bar doesn't show until I open System Preferences and go the the MagicPrefs page. Then the MagicPrefs icon appears but System Preferences quits unexpectedly.
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2.5
jc-lau
21 February 2011
Version: 2.0.0
Version 1.9.2 ist buggy – »There is no Magic Mouse paired on this machine.« – http://goo.gl/KC96t Version 1.9.3 fixed this issue but introduced another bug – see Pachec posting or http://goo.gl/Z0xa5 Version lacks 10.5 support... :(
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Pachec
05 February 2011
Version: 2
Warning: There is an undocumented but known bug in the latest stable release (1.9.3), in which MagicPrefs interferes with the trackpad of recent MacBooks in some circumstances. See, e.g., http://getsatisfaction.com/magicprefs/topics/macbook_trackpad_and_magicprefs or http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2650304 for more information. If your trackpad acts strangely, try to disable MagicPrefs (and blame the developer for not warning you).
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Jono-dale
07 December 2010
Version: 2
Under "Manage Keyboard Actions", cannot enter any custom key combinations at all with Beta 4.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
07 December 2010
Version: 2
There's a problem that I'm having with the new version 2.0. I use the 3-finger click to bring up Spaces, and with the old version, it would stay in Spaces after I released the mouse so that I could choose the Space I wanted to navigate to. With this version, when I press the mouse using the 3-finder click, Spaces pops up, but when I release the mouse, it goes away. Is there a new preference or something similar that I'm missing?
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Sartorius
20 November 2010
Version: 1.9.3
According to the developer, PPC architecture is not supported anymore. Please correct the 'requirements' indication.
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Geccoh
17 November 2010
Version: 1.9.3
I don't know how you did it, but this latest build has eliminated the temporary (15 - 20 sec) freeze I used to get when touching three fingers to the surface of my MagicMouse. THANK YOU!!! :)
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Pissnaround
15 November 2010
Version: 1.9.3
It seems in this update the menu icon disappears either after a screensaver kicks in or the screen goes to sleep.
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So-Far-So-Good-So-What
15 November 2010
Version: 1.9.3
I have only 1 use for this myself. The scrolling. Exceptional software and I love it. Thank you for a great product!
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Macinen
30 October 2010
Version: 1.9.2
This is a great app, now I can use the middle click that was missing in apple driver! I found only one bad thing, if you are temporarily using some other mouse (than magic mouse) the console log will become full of this: "MagicPrefs[138]: Number of devices is zero. MagicPrefs[138]: Device not available yet while attempting to create, retrying in 1 sec.. MagicPrefs[138]: Number of devices is zero. MagicPrefs[138]: Device not available yet while attempting to create, retrying in 1 sec.." Every 1 second! Please dev, get rid of this logging, otherwise great.
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Morpe
16 June 2010
Version: 1.9.1
Please, add a way to disabile/enable via key press, the Touch-Recognition on Magic Mouse for some Apps like Logic, Protools, Final cut, ecc... TNX!
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Aapple
11 June 2010
Version: 1.9.1
Installed 1.9.1... then did a check for updates and it said I needed to install 1.9.1... strange. Installation instructions do not say where to put it, maybe I have it in the wrong place?
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Coutch
09 June 2010
Version: 1.9.1
THIS IS STILL VERY BUGGIY AND IN MANY CASES, NON-UNINSTALLABLE! Buyer beware, you get exactly what you pay for in this app, and watch out. 'BACK UP YOUR ENTIRE COMPUTER" Before installing this app. as you will probably have to wipe clean your hard drive to remove it. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Do not go through what I had to. Be extra careful just what you install from the web. Please only install approved software as this software company gets no approvals from anyone! You Have Been Warned!
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Gitte79
04 May 2010
Version: 1.9.0
This is brilliant stuff and free. It is mind blowing why Apple didn't implement this as default. Use it now and feel the difference.
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ben-marko
30 March 2010
Version: 1.8.2
This is definitely an awesome little app to boost the productivity of the Magic Mouse. But many of the swipes and gestures will require some practice to master, my only reason for giving it a 4 out of 5.
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Irondoorknob
25 March 2010
Version: 1.8.1
I have and installed the update. Now I keep getting an error message that says the zoom in does not have a keyboard shortcut. It wants me to log into the keyboard set a short-cut and restart Magic Prefs. I've done this, but still keep getting an error message. Seems like a buggy update.
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Bareynolds
24 March 2010
Version: 1.8.1
1.8.1 messed up mouse tracking. Initiation of tracking is off. Unworkable. Have stopped using. Installed 1.8.1 on two computers, both have the identical problem, left 1.8 on the third one and it works fine. Hope the developers fix soon!
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Julsa1
10 March 2010
Version: 1.7.3
Maybe it's me but after the last few updates my mouse didn't run smoothly anymore. It missed some action, while clicking, it sometimes didn't respond at all, it seemed slower than normal etc. I decided to switch to another app (unfortunately not free) and all the problems disappeared instantly. ( app that i'm referring to is called MagicDriver, is still in beta and free to use until final release!) Tracking speed can be adjusted even faster than with Magicprefs (found it still was too slow ) Liked the app a lot but it must not be too " over-programmed" and too heavy to use. Sorry to say i switch permanently to MagicDriver. Of course it's still free to use, that's a big benefit....
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Islandmacman
07 March 2010
Version: 1.7.3
Overall, a great app. It creates a lot of options, my favorite being the tracking speed adjustment. The advanced pinch and drag options give a hint to the future of mousing - it's like a little touchpad in your hand. The only issue I have is a wake from sleep delay. The MagicPrefs seem to take a while to re-activate. Great app! Nice work.
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Coutch
06 March 2010
Version: 1.7.3
Watch out! Buyer Beware! You get what you paid for! All these are true with this buggy software - all you get from tech support is that there is nothing wrong w/ their product. If you install this way before prime time app, make sure to clone your HD beforehand as it will be the only way to restore control of your OS. You have been warned by many in the preceding comments including me.
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gcoghill
15 February 2010
Version: 1.7.1
Developer's site (including download links) seems to be down as of 2-15-2010. I contacted him via Twitter @magicprefs & the support page on Get Satisfaction to let him know, I'm sure it's just temporary.
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gcoghill
15 February 2010
Version: 1.7.1
An excellent utility for Magic Mouse owners. Extensive amounts of configurability, although it's slightly confusing at first. I tried BetterTouchTool as well and preferred MagicPrefs by far. Developer seems pretty active as far as optimizing and even adding new features. Responsive to feedback as well. Best of all, it's free. If you own a Magic Mouse, and you like to tweak - Magic Prefs is the app you've been looking for.
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Spaglia
14 February 2010
Version: 1.7.1
Wow, fantastic now with one finger scrolling configurable horizontally/vertically. I can now use my magic mouse!
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A11en
14 February 2010
Version: 1.7.1
MagicPrefs is fantastic!! Love it! Yes, everyonce in a while there's an issue with non-sensing, or a track-pad confusion, but it's as stable as any magic mouse software I've tried or more so! The functions are excellent. And the best part about it? It supports PPC!! (sadly only versions before this one! Why oh why drop PPC support?!?! :( please reconsider!) Love it!!! Allen
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Simonm
13 February 2010
Version: 1.7.0
Sorry if I seemed unnecessarily angry, but as I tried to explain MagicPrefs seemed to be active, despite saying that it was innactive. You might want to look into this. I am quite happy to take screen capture movies to prove it.
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Simonm
12 February 2010
Version: 1.7.0
WARNING! Avoid this update! Without warning it istalls another Pref pane called MagicMenu that screws up your track pad! It took me a while for me to figure out why my trackpad was f*&#ing up! Turning it off didn't seem to matter as it was still screwing it up (yes I was restarting many times)...after restart it appeared to be OK but then something was causing MagicMenu to turn on and it WASN'T me!!! Deleting it didn't matter either because MagicPrefs just installs it again every time...i.e. you CAN'T use MagicPrefs now without it installing MagicMenu and screwing up your trackpad...WTF!?! If I wanted MagicMenu I would have downloaded it and installed it myself. EPIC ANGRY AND UNCOOL!!!
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Honknation
12 February 2010
Version: 1.7.0
Hello, new to this site.. I selected an unhappy face, and I cannot seem to undo it.. it should have be a +2 happy face.. :-) My bad.. this is STILL a great little software app!
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Honknation
12 February 2010
Version: 1.7.0
So far so good! Great little app here.. sooo nice to have middle click functionality, and dashboard, etc. from mouse control back again.. Thank you!
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Macahi
20 January 2010
Version: 1.6.0
Great concept, unfortunately, it's just not ready for prime time. Thank you for attempting to fix the magic mouse for 10.5 (I'm on 10.5.8). Everyone else is ignoring that. Unfortunately, this software is far too buggy to be of any use. It makes the mouse have a mind of it's own. It starts flipping out and activates 'clicks' on hover. Sometimes it's a right-mouse click and the the context menu will pop up (sometimes it's many right-mouse clicks and the context menu will in effect flash off and on). It stays until you physically left-click (not tap) somewhere else on the screen. Sometimes hover activates the left-mouse click and launches a link or a file. Sometimes it activates multiple left-mouse clicks and activates that link or file multiple times (I've seen as many as 5). Increasing or decreasing sensitivity doesn't seem to have an effect on the problems. It's missing the double-left (down-up-down) tap for click and drag functionality. Increased tracking speed works well though.
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MacGueurle
17 January 2010
Version: 1.5.4
I have no idea why I can't launch MagicPrefs 1.5.4. I just downloaded it for the third time and I always get the following error message: "You can't open the application "MagicPrefs.app" because it is not supported on this architecture." The app's icon is a generic icon with a white circle with a slash across it. It looks like this: http://img.skitch.com/20100117-qjq3qg6xewuayii8rit6hqgarj.png I am running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard. My specs are: iMac 24" Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz (early 2009) 4 GB DDR3 1067 MHz RAM ATI Radeon HD 4850 640 GB hard drive (492.25 GB free) I just bought a Magic Mouse and wanted to add some functionalities till I upgrade to Snow Leopard. Thank you for any input you might have.
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Juan-Ker
14 January 2010
Version: 1.5.4
Is there a way I can get my magic mouse to act like the track pad on a macbook pro on this? I want to be able to double Tap to go into drag mode(not Click) then double tap again to release. tapping is so much easier then clicking
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Meego
14 January 2010
Version: 1.5.4
Hi all, How does this compare to BetterTouchTool ? Which are the pros and cons of each?
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Vagator
13 January 2010
Version: 1.5.4
Nice application. Another freeby worth looking at is More Magic. Both excellent products. Thank you to both developers.
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Remi
11 January 2010
Version: 1.5.2
Fantastic!
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Aztec-warrior
10 January 2010
Version: 1.5.1
Excellent software. Adds great features to the Magic Mouse and improves on others. I highly recommend it to anyone who owns a Magic Mouse. To the developer: thanks and keep up the great work !
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Phoenix⚡⚡
06 January 2010
Version: 1.5.0
Version 1.5.0 don't have "Switch Application"!! Why??
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Binarymix
02 January 2010
Version: 1.4.2
This is a great little program! The only issue I'm having is that if I enable two-finger-click for the middle button, it sends my left-click all the way to the outside edge of the mouse, which is annoying to say the least. One-finger middle button seems to work fine. Anyone else having this issue, or is something wrong with my mouse? Also, would it be possible to add a whole hand cover option to activate sleeping of the computer, or display? Another program has this feature but I prefer MagicPrefs, far less buggy :)
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gcoghill
01 January 2010
Version: 1.4
A quick test of this app reveals a few conflicts with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet. Specifically, after setting & using "one finger middle click" for Dashboard, any click with the Wacom stylus results in the Dashboard being activated.
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A11en
31 December 2009
Version: 1.4
Disables track-pad click? - latest version for me disables the actual button and touch-click for the trackpad. G4 PPC, 10.5.8, 2Gig ram.
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Thajeztah
30 December 2009
Version: 1.4
I just got my Magic Mouse and installed MagicPrefs (1.4), and have a small problem with the middle-click functionality, in combination with Expose. On a 'normal' mouse, click and HOLD the middle button for expose (all windows) will show all windows and -close- Expose once the middle button is released, switching to the window that the cursor is currently on. MagicPrefs however, opens Expose on click-and-hold, but does not -close- Expose when releasing the middle-button. I really hope the developer is able to fix this in a future update as this way of using expose is a big timesaver for me. On closing; MagiPrefs works as advertised, looks good and can't be beat for the price :) Very much appreciated!
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randyharris
30 December 2009
Version: 1.4
Thank you, this is perfect.
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Ploinkr
30 December 2009
Version: 1.36
Really nice - including the icon :-) And free! Thanks for that. 1 tiny niggle: seems to choke on "Check for update" whenever there's an update available.
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Phoenix⚡⚡
29 December 2009
Version: 1.36
Many Thanks! for 10.5 Compatible. ^ ^
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Steve27
16 December 2009
Version: 1.3
OK - I really like this software and was using it all the time - I updated to 1.3 and now I cannot access it in the menu bar - just get the spinning globe over it. Help would be greatly appreciated on this.
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Enkaytee
11 December 2009
Version: 1.2
I love this app. I was waiting for USB Overdrive or Steermouse to get support for the Magic Mouse just so I could speed up tracking, and had been using Mouse Zoom, but this sorts the tracking problem out as well as providing some great additional features. Well worth the download as long as you don't try to get too carried away with the various clicks & taps...swipes are coming in a future release, but for now, this is a great app...!
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Antro31
10 December 2009
Version: 1.2
I do prefer it by far to "MouseWizard" application that restrain the position of fingers on the mouse. Here, things are done simply. A two finger click is considered whatever the positions of the fingers by opposite to "MouseWizard" where you need to really place the fingers at the relevant position. It would be a little bit better if some more actions could be added.
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Supercoach
10 December 2009
Version: 1.2
More stable than MouseWizard and it's free :-) The ability to simply midddle click and trigger Expose makes this app (and the Magic Mouse) worthwhile.
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Ecume-Des-Jours
10 December 2009
Version: 1.2
doesn't launch at all on PPC. I think this may be Intel only, despite what MacUpdate says...
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Megaman
07 December 2009
Version: 1.0
Been using this for a couple of days, and overall, it's a nice, clean solution - though not perfect. Some of the gestures seem to trigger when you're trying to do something else (or simply just grabbing the mouse). Still, it let's you adjust acceleration and it offers the ability to set up a middle click - that alone is worth installing.
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