Kensington TrackballWorks
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TrackballWorks enables trackball customization: button functions, pointer speed and acceleration, and scrolling speed and direction. Supports:
  • K72327 - SlimBlade Trackball
  • K64325 - Expert Mouse (USB connection only)
  • K72337 - Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
  • K64327 - Orbit Optical Trackball (USB connection only)
  • K72352 - Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball
What's New
Version 1.1.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5.6 or later






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Albabe commented on 12 Mar 2014
New Driver 1.1.1:

https://www.kensington.com/kensington/us/us/s/1550/softwaredrivers.aspx
[Version 1.1.0]


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Mark_W. commented on 26 Mar 2013
A new 1.1.1 version is now available at the Kensington website, this new version now appears to work correctly with Mountain Lion, and you no longer have to open the Trackball System Preferences after each start or restart.

Kensington may be slow, but they typically do update their software.
[Version 1.1.0]


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James-D reviewed on 16 Mar 2013
The driver works perfectly on my late 2012 iMac with Mountain Lion 10.8.3. You MUST completely restart after installation. The driver does a log-out and doesn't recognize the trackball. But after a complete restart, all is well. All buttons and features work just fine.
[Version 1.1.0]


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MacWalker.nl commented on 25 Nov 2012
Hi, I have been looking for a workaround to activate the current version of the TrackBall Works.prefpane with my optical Expert Mouse K64325 during login and by creating a simple AppleScript…

-- AppleScript for activating TrackBallWorks.prefpane during login
-- Current version of Kensington TrackBallWorks v1.1 will not startup when using 10.8 Mountain Lion

tell application "System Preferences"
activate
reveal (pane id "com.kensington.trackballworks.prefpane")
end tell

tell application "System Preferences"
quit
end tell

1. Export the AppleScript to File Format: Application, Option: Run-only
2. Put the "Kensington TrackBallWorks Script.app" in the folder Applications
3. Add the "Kensington TrackBallWorks Script.app" to the Login Items and do not select the checkbox Hide
[Version 1.1.0]

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Omrudi replied on 18 Dec 2012
A brilliant idea, thank you!
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Omrudi reviewed on 08 Oct 2012
Sorry to say that TrackballWorks is incompatible with Mountain Lion for me. I recently did a Clean Install of ML, and from the get-go my preferences for my Expert Mouse Trackball were "forgotten" after a restart. I could only get my preferences back by opening the Trackball preference pane, an annoying chore at launch. The software worked fine in Lion.

Kensington Support use to be stellar. Several years ago I could reach a knowledgeable tech person by phone in 5 minutes. Now, they have enabled a byzantine anti-support system that is outsourced to India. Even though they were already aware of the problem, they required 4 screenshots of "About This Mac" panes uploaded to their site BEFORE they would even talk to me. Two weeks of on-again off-again replies finally led to the revelation that a software fix was necessary. Their solution? "Don't restart your computer". A software fix was projected for the "first quarter of 2013". This is for software that hasn't been updated since July of 2011.

I have been a huge fan of Kensington trackball hardware for over a decade, but alas the current owners are not committed to software support, or a streamlined and useful customer support system. I am hoping they will wake up and make changes for the good in a timely fashion.
[Version 1.1.0]

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Joypebble replied on 14 Nov 2012
The problems cites here are exactly my issues after years of quality performance and support. When (after Lion) the ball and buttons began erratic behavior, Support told me that even though my 5 year warranty was sill in force, the fact that I originally bought the ball on eBay (A new item from a well-known dealer) that Kensington didn't support anything bought on eBay. (Almost every dealer now sells new goods from their store on eBay). The agent was unfriendly, and short and offered no possible fixes). ...Turns out the issue was a conflict with the old MouseWorks preference pane and TypeIt4Me's newest update.

Why wouldn't a Kensington Support person know about the MouseWorks and TrackballWorks conflict.

This is sad because Kensington was a shining light in customer support for years and now it's Mickey Mouse operation that has me looking elsewhere. Tool bad. (11/14//12)
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Tom46 replied on 18 Dec 2012
I reported the same problem and got this reply: "We would like to inform you that there is not fix for this issue as of now. We are planning to release a newer version on the software to resolve this issue. The exact time frame is not know yet." At least the reply was prompt. I'm going to look into Mac.4.osx's solution of 25 Nov--sounds like a good workaround.
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DNAgent reviewed on 07 Jul 2012
Kensington really needs to get their act in gear regarding this software. It's still not working on 64-bit machines, and is seriously lacking in functionality, compared to the original Mouseworks software. It's a shame really, because their hardware is fine, and their customer service used to be the stuff of legends, but they just aren't on the ball as far as keeping the software working and updated.
[Version 1.1.0]


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Ahammer reviewed on 13 Dec 2011
ost the functionality that Mouseworks had to program complex strings with modifier keys (e.g., copy-find-paste with one chord). Dealbreaker for me (which is why overall rating is lower than average compared to individual ratings), and having installed it once on 10.6.8 the Mouseworks driver won't work anymore. Thanks Kensington. Pwople did complain about MW not having been updated or improved for years, but would it have been so tough to retain even the same functionality by moving it to 64 bit?
[Version 1.1.0]


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Yoshita reviewed on 09 Sep 2011
Wow...so now I can't change button functionality based on application anymore? Gee, thanks Kensington; way to stay in touch with your userbase.

To clarify: in previous versions (MouseWorks 3.x) one could change settings based on application, so that one could, say, have button 3+4 trigger the "Back" command in a webbrowser, but use the same combo for "Info" or "Move to trash" in the Finder. Needless to say that this is/was very nice.
[Version 1.1.0]


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Dana Sutton commented on 22 Jun 2011
In terms of functionality, there doesn't seem to be anything new. A Lion-friendly version, maybe?
[Version 1.1.0]

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VRH replied on 22 Jun 2011
Well, at least one thing I found is that the scrolling is different. They've adjusted the scrolling speed in a helpful way and they've included an "Inertial Scrolling" option.
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Dana Sutton replied on 22 Jun 2011
Yeah, but the Inertial Scrolling doesn't seem to do very much for me. I don't think we should toss SmartScroll just yet.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 24 Jul 2011
I agree, the scrolling works better. It starts slowly, enabling finer control, and works more smoothly. Inertial scrolling seems to work only when you "flick" the scroll wheel/ring. Another important change is that it is now 64 bit - it no longer requires System Preferences to restart in 32 bit mode - which could have something to do with the improved performance. And the Snap To Default now works in Lion. However, it's still a Universal app that retains some backwards compatibility.
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Ahammer replied on 13 Dec 2011
Nothing new (except, as you note, the scrolling) but a whole lot less. No keystroke sequences (text or single keystrokes only). Show stopper for me.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 11 Dec 2010
Very nice the drivers work fine. I have 2 Expert mice and one Expert Mouse Pro. The Expert Mouse Pro is no longer made by Kensington and it is sad that it is useless for the Mac as it has 5 buttons that can be configured for applications or web sites.I believe that it is still useful on Windows but I don't use Windows.I guess I'll have to list it on eBay.
[Version 1.0.0]

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Caleb2 replied on 22 Jun 2011
would you care to skip eBay.
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Yoshita rated on 20 Nov 2013

[Version 1.1.0]



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Joypebble rated on 18 Dec 2012

[Version 1.1.0]



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darkdoc rated on 31 Oct 2012

[Version 1.1.0]



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Jazzyguy rated on 11 Dec 2010

[Version 1.0.0]


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Version Downloads:6,133
Type:Drivers : Other
License:Free
Date:18 Jul 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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TrackballWorks enables trackball customization: button functions, pointer speed and acceleration, and scrolling speed and direction. Supports:
  • K72327 - SlimBlade Trackball
  • K64325 - Expert Mouse (USB connection only)
  • K72337 - Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring
  • K64327 - Orbit Optical Trackball (USB connection only)
  • K72352 - Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball


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