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1.7.6
11 May 2017

Reverse the direction of scrolling on your Mac.

brenty
27 June 2011

Most helpful

Does what it says and gets out of the way. :)
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Version 1.2

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Léoren
25 March 2018
This is an awesome tool! I've been using it for years ever since I got a normal mouse for my Mac. Sometimes Apple's logic is simply flawed. Why can't we have the natural direction on trackpad and classic direction on a mouse with turning wheel. Thanks for the author.
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Version 1.7.6
Smayer97
20 May 2016
What does NOT make sense is the description says you can use it with OS X 10.5 & 10.6 but the System Requirements says minimum is 10.7. Huh???
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Version 1.7.2
2 answer(s)
Thinking-Differently
Thinking-Differently
04 May 2017
It seems that the developer's web site also has a version that claims to run on OS-X V10.+
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BryanatMU
BryanatMU
17 August 2017
I've added the version for 10.4+ to the "Related Links" section above.
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LKN G-Man
29 May 2015
Excellent utility. If you have systems that can't be upgraded beyond Snow Leopard and have newer systems you can have all of them set to natural action of the mouse and easily switch from one to the other.
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Version 1.7.2
christopher-s1ckle
29 April 2015
Lovit
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Version 1.7.1
lp-martins
16 March 2015
Simple app that does exactly what it aims to do. Look no further.
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Version 1.7.1
shurik512
24 January 2015
It's amazing! :)
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Version 1.7.1
Kenm22
27 September 2014
Not needed. Go to System Preferences/Mouse and uncheck Scroll direction: natural.
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Version 1.6.1
2 answer(s)
Pembs
Pembs
11 October 2014
It's useful for those who want natural scroll when using an external mouse and inverse scroll when using the trackpad, or vice versa. When you change the option under Sys Pref - it changes for all types of mice (trackpad and external).
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Cattus-Thraex
Cattus-Thraex
10 January 2015
Kenm22, you have not read what the app does, and what it does more than the features included in the sys. Re-read, and re-phrase your comment.
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Dougster
26 September 2014
Fantastic! I wouldn't like to use my iMac without Scroll Reverser.
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Version 1.6.1
Ilsa
06 September 2014
Does what it says. No mess, no fuss. I'm currently using it just fine in OSX 10.9 Mavericks.
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Version 1.6
Spandmassse
12 August 2014
Perfect!
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Version 1.6
Nasukaren
01 August 2014
Works great on 10.9.4
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Version 1.6
io-witter
28 July 2014
Simple and does what it says. I have to wonder about this "it is the natural direction to scroll a page". What? 51% of people surveyed preferred the direction Apple hard-wired it to now? In my mind I am pulling the scroll-bar down, and that is natural to me. Also my PC's scroll is the same direction - and in gaming scrolling back is to pull back/going lower. There's nothing like forced "naturality" to get on one's nerves. Thanks heaps for this useful little app.
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Version 1.6
Thepfef
08 February 2014
Thank you for this!!! Why the hell Apple would tie the mouse and trackpad scroll together is beyond me!
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Version 1.6
OpusA4924
03 January 2014
Brilliant! I am running Leopard on an old PPC G5 tower next to my Mavericks system and wanted to have the scrolling the same as in the newer OS. I did have to go to the developer's website to download the older version (1.5.1) in order to run on my system. Seems to work flawlessly so far. Thanks!
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Version 1.6
SebastianK1488
28 November 2013
Great! So much needed for me, a mouse user on MacBook Air!
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Version 1.6
SamuelL6351
25 August 2013
Great!! Gives you the flexibility to enable natural scrolling on the trackpad, but disable it on the mouse.
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Version 1.6
G-I-
15 June 2013
So the latest version doesn't work on 10.5 and 10.6. WTF is the point of a 'Scroll Reverser' then?
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Version 1.6
1 answer(s)
Pilotmoon Software
Pilotmoon Software
15 October 2013
It's useful on 10.7+ to reverse the mouse but not the trackpad (or vice versa), which is not possible in System Prefs. The previous version for 10.4+ is still available on the website at http://pilotmoon.com/scrollreverser
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orthanc
09 June 2013
I intentionally subscribed just to give this comment. Scroll reverser is absolutely stunning. Simple yet very efficient. I just got my new imac with OS 10.8.4 with the magic trackpad. Imagine my dismay that the movement/scrolling of the trackpad is opposite to what I'm used to from my macbook pro. I can understand if this is an iphone or tablet wherein you can touch the actual screen and the swiping movement is in its natural direction but not the trackpad, this should be exactly like the one we are used to in a laptop. I'm dissapointed why apple overlooked such a simple flaw in design + function. Anyway, this saved me a lot of time in "getting used" to with the new movement, and just get down immediately to work.
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Version 1.6
Aargl
06 May 2013
Essential! :-)
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Version 1.5.1
Dolphin412
02 February 2013
this is what I was looking for (since I don't like SL scrolling system and I prefer the new one but I don't want to upgrade my OS to Lion)
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Version 1.5.1
Jpwgibson
31 October 2012
Fantastic stuff. Thanks very much. Didn't know natural scrolling could have so many options (individual settings of on/off for mouse/trackpad/tablet, etc).
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Version 1.5.1
Aargl
31 July 2012
In Safari and Firefox, it works better than SmartScroll! It would be very nice if both could run together chosing in the prefs in what app to enable Scroll Reverser... ;-) Unfortunately I miss some useful feature of SmartScroll if I totally disable it in favor of Scroll Reverser... :-(
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Version 1.5.1
Ikir
11 July 2012
Oh finally i was searching an utility like this one! i love Lion scrolling and i'm used to it now, so i want my old G5 to match this :-) Thanks so much
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Version 1.5.1
shredfu
15 June 2012
PERFECT! Thank you! I find it natural to swipe fingers on the trackpad in the same direction that I want my screen to move (like iPad/iPhone). When I attached a mouse I didn't expect the mouse wheel to have the same behaviour. To me, it was backwards! After mucking around with the mouse/trackpad settings, I could get scroll wheel OR the trackpad to scroll the way I wanted, but not both! This app allows one to configure the trackpad scroll direction and the mouse wheel scroll direction independently. Good Job!
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Version 1.5.1
Ironman
23 February 2012
I find interesting the idea of having different configurations, like keeping the normal scrolling for the mouse, but not for the trackpad for example and it's free like air. cool.
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Version 1.5
Dougster
23 February 2012
Brilliant. I couldn't use my iMac without this software. By the way, to those who tell us to go to System Prefs/Trackpad/Scroll & zoom, I will tell you that this is not an option on my iMac running 10.7.3. I,like many,do not use a Trackpad, so the options to change scrolling are not available. So there!
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Version 1.5
smithduke
10 November 2011
Works great on Lion. I downloaded it and clicked install. There were no other prompts as to if it was installed or not but when I checked my scrolling...it was back to normal. Why does Lion reverse the scrolling in the first place?
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Version 1.4.4
mc555
01 November 2011
I installed it (on Lion 10.7.2) but no configuration of checkboxes managed to get my mouse scrollwheel back to its old ways while allowing the new "natural" method on the trackpad. I am using a USB mouse.
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Version 1.4.4
3 answer(s)
smithduke
smithduke
10 November 2011
Same with me. I didn't know if it was installed but the next time I used my mouse, it worked.
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mc555
mc555
10 November 2011
It is working now. Maybe a restart that I did since the original install fixed it.
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Rondfranks
Rondfranks
12 January 2012
Doesn't work for me on Lion, even after restarting.
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Runty
29 October 2011
Thanks for this little utility! For some reason I prefer horizontal natural scrolling but vertical reverse scrolling, which is actually more 'natural' when scrolling down. This app allows me to do this. Gesturing 'upwards' to scroll down is anatomically awkward, especially if reading a long article!
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Version 1.4.4
1 answer(s)
Runty
Runty
29 October 2011
oops, i intended to give a full five stars.
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qb84
17 October 2011
I'm running version 1.4.4 (61) and the memory keeps going up and up (almost 400 MB last time I checked). Other than that great app!
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Version 1.4.4
1 answer(s)
Pilotmoonnick
Pilotmoonnick
23 February 2012
This should now be fixed (finally!) in v1.5
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NotUsed
06 October 2011
System Preferences > Trackpad and uncheck "When using gestures to scroll or navigate...." I really don't see why a separate application is needed at all. It's already there in the prefs.
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Version 1.4.4
1 answer(s)
TwisterMc
TwisterMc
07 October 2011
For those of us who are not running Lion, but want the new scrolling, this is perfect. Not every computer is Lion compatible.
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Mrboma
22 September 2011
I like everything about scroll reverser except its memory consumption. It is constantly at nearly 400mb real memory usage. I have also found that the reverser sometimes doesn't reverse my mouse wheel and I have to quit and relaunch it.
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Version 1.4.2
4 answer(s)
Mrboma
Mrboma
23 September 2011
Real memory usage got up over 500MB. I restarted the app, and it is now at just 19.6MB. Looks like there is a memory leak. I will keep an eye on it and see if its memory usage creeps up again.
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Mrboma
Mrboma
25 September 2011
Two days after restarting the app it is back up to 86MB real memory used. So I think there is definitely a memory leak. I hope the dev checks the comments here. I couldn't find a bug report link on their website.
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Mrboma
Mrboma
03 October 2011
I found the contact info on the dev site and he was very responsive. He said he found the leak (which was related to a conflict with Better Touch Tool) and sent me a fixed version to test. I've been running it for a five days now and so far so good. I think he should be releasing the fix to the public soon.
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Pilotmoon Software
Pilotmoon Software
05 October 2011
The update is now live (v1.4.4), thanks for the help testing the fix.
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meme12
01 September 2011
Brilliant, thank you! Just like Apple forgot people using multiple monitors in lion, they also sadly forgot people using external mice and their scroll wheels. The new natural settings makes sense for a track pad but are plain stupid for a mouse wheel. This lets me use the trackpad with my left hand for swiping between spaces etc in the natural way, but use my mouse as it should be. Thanks!!!
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Version 1.4.2
Flabbergaster
23 August 2011
Thanks for providing a scroll reverser for us OS 10.7, third party mouse users. I'm using the Microsoft Optical Wireless Mouse 2.0 with Lion compatible drivers, but still no scroll reversing function. One issue: how do I put the Scroll Reverser app in the Utility folder, or someplace less conspicuous? Moving it from the desktop brings up this alert: "The item “Scroll Reverser” can’t be moved because “Utilities” can’t be modified."
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Version 1.4.2
I(pod)mac
18 August 2011
simply a must for Lion users.
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Version 1.4.2
2 answer(s)
Mikaelf
Mikaelf
18 August 2011
Why not just change it back in System Preferences?
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Mrboma
Mrboma
22 September 2011
Mikaelf - because the option in Sys Prefs changes everything. I want my horizontal scrolling set "natural" and my vertical set reversed (the old way). Also, I want my track pad natural, and my mouse scroll wheel reversed. This gives me options Sys Prefs simply doesn't provide.
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Frabjusday
15 August 2011
Y'know, it seemed weird to me from the first, that to bring a page of text down the screen I had to push the scroll wheel up, away from me. Like, if you put the mouse on the monitor, you need to make the wheel go in the opposite direction you want your page to go. Huh? Finally I found Scroll Reverser and it's like, "Of course! THIS is the way it should'a been all along—what were they thinking, to make it backwards, anyway?" Great little app. You'll love it once you get used to it, 'cause it just makes total sense.
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Version 1.4
WordWeaver
12 August 2011
Scrolling in Lion was driving me absolutely nuts! My brain just couldn't accept the change, and I kept getting confused when I reached the bottom of a page. Thank-you so much for this! What was Apple thinking? Think different? Yes, but not THAT different, please! Sometimes I wonder if Apple'd decision to reverse scrolling was all a big joke, and a way to mess with their users' minds. Maybe Steve Jobs has been at the job too long! :)
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Version 1.4
6 answer(s)
Dgerzeeboy
Dgerzeeboy
12 August 2011
Lion allows to choose scrolling in whichever direction suits you. Open the Trackpad Preference in 10.7 and check "Scroll Direction:Natural" for scrolling--as in iPad's/iPhone's OS--or uncheck that preference for pre-Lion Mac scrolling. This preference applies to both scroll-wheel mice and trackpads
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
12 August 2011
Yes, I discovered after making my previous comment that on the "Mouse" prefs pane -- I don't use a trackpad -- there is an option which says "Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating". If left checked, scrolling down on the mouse wheel moves to the top of a page, while scrolling up moves to the bottom of the page. I find it all very confusing, so I have the box unchecked, so that if I scroll down on the mouse wheel, I also scroll towards the bottom of a web page, while if I scroll up on the mouse wheel, I scroll towards the top of a web page. I much prefer this. I guess in my case, that makes this little app unnecessary.
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Dougster
Dougster
14 August 2011
Where is the preference for this in Trackpad? I can's see any option in system Preferences/Trackpad to change scrolling.
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-M-S-
-M-S-
18 August 2011
Dougster: It's only in 10.7. System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Scroll & Zoom First option (Scroll direction: natural). Uncheck that box and it will go back to the traditional scrolling method.
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NotUsed
NotUsed
18 August 2011
Got to agree. 10.7s scrolling bass-ackwards to me. First thing I did was turn that off.
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Dougster
Dougster
20 August 2011
Misha,I am using 10.7.1, and I can see no preference to adjusting scroll in System Preferences/Trackpad. I am using a wired mouse,anyway,not a Trackpad, and there is definitely no way of adjusting the scrolling of mice available in my Mac's System Preferences!
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Dougster
11 August 2011
Without this brilliant application, Lion would be awful to use when scrolling. Thank you,developer.
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Version 1.4
3 answer(s)
Buhbye
Buhbye
12 August 2011
...or you could just go into System Preferences and switch it back to "normal" scrolling. There's no need to install anything but Lion itself to change this feature in Lion.
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I(pod)mac
I(pod)mac
18 August 2011
@Homeworld: what you say is true if you use a Apple mouse, but if you use another mouse (like me) is no more true; in this second case you need this app.
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Mikaelf
Mikaelf
18 August 2011
It's true for any mouse. I use a Microsoft Mouse and the System Preference is there to set it back to "normal".
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Broadbean
07 August 2011
Only problem I had was when I had this activated, the text in Mail would not move whole words to the next line. It would just wrap. Tried Scrollvetica which seemed to work.
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Version 1.3
1 answer(s)
Pilotmoonnick
Pilotmoonnick
11 August 2011
I've made a change in v1.4 which might fix this; if you get a chance to try it please would you let me know.
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brenty
27 June 2011
Does what it says and gets out of the way. :)
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Version 1.2
tinobisagni
26 June 2011
Using iPad and iPhone finally I find a natural way to scroll. I would be very important ti advice that this application is a must have with trackpad.
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Version 1.2
Neo9686
29 April 2011
I really like this app! The only problem I've found is related to the "start at login" feature: it's simply not working! Am I the only one with this issue?
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Version 1.2
3 answer(s)
Pilotmoonnick
Pilotmoonnick
20 June 2011
It seems one or two people are having this issue, but I don't know what is wrong. Have you tried adding it to your Login Items directly? (System Preferences → Accounts → Login items)
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Neo9686
Neo9686
20 June 2011
After a clean reinstallation of osx it seems to be ok. I don't know why...
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Aargl
Aargl
28 June 2011
I've had that problem with other apps and cured it also either by a clean install or simply by creating a new user and recovering only useful and harmless things from the old account. So, to me, it's not depending on softwares but a rotten account or a rotten sytem.
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Frabjusday
11 April 2011
Just a comment, since I've only been using Scroll Reverser for about ten minutes: YAY!—finally, scrolling makes sense! Want the page or pic to go up?—scroll up. I know it's going to take a little while to de-habituate myself from doing it backwards (pushing up to make the scroll BUTTON go up and the page down), but I can see that it won't be too long, as it SO makes sense.
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Version 1.2
Harv
10 April 2011
Bravo! A free, elegant app that does what it says and does it well. FWIW: Those (of us) that have Smart Scroll already have this capability for both (or either) X and Y axis. Though why one would use two different scrolling techniques eludes me.
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Version 1.1
G-I-
30 March 2011
Works as advertised. However without touching directly the screen this scrolling doesn't make too much sense.
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Version 1.0
Winter666
30 March 2011
well , i dont like the way they decided to scroll with ios .... i like the good old fashion scroll : when i want to go DOWN, i scroll DOWN , when i want to go UP , i scroll UP ..... logical ?? :P
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
ronaldpr
ronaldpr
10 April 2011
Well, apparently it depends what one feels as being logical or natural. It has taken me years to get used to scroll down when I want the page or window content to move up and to scroll up when I want to move the page or window content to move down. Scrolling with Scroll Reverser feels completely natural to me.
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Rjmorita
29 March 2011
Interesting. I'm trying to get used to it.
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Version 1.0
R1000m
29 March 2011
Thanks for making this available for free. I'm always getting confused between iOS and Mac scrolling. Luckily, that's fixed in Lion. Until then, this little program will help out. It would be great if it was possible to hide the menu bar icon, but hey - it's free.
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
Pilotmoonnick
Pilotmoonnick
07 April 2011
Thanks for this suggestion, i've added the option to hide the icon in the update which I am working on now.
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BobbyThompsonRocks
28 March 2011
Does what it says. Gotta get used to the upcoming change at some point in time & there is no time like the present...
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Version 1.0
MichaelHaeusler
28 March 2011
Great idea until Lion comes out. Sadly I can't use it. It messes up SmartScroll.
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Version 1.0
2 answer(s)
Pilotmoonnick
Pilotmoonnick
07 April 2011
In smart scroll you should find the under "Super Scroll" the options "Reverse X" and "Reverse Y' which should do what Scroll Reverser does.
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MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
07 April 2011
Oh damn, right! I didn't see that. Thanks for the tip.
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