USB Overdrive X
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USB driver handles most mice, trackballs, other input devices.   Shareware ($20.00)
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The USB Overdrive is a universal USB driver that handles all USB mice, trackballs, keyboards, joysticks and gamepads from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on an application-specific basis. It reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, switches and controls and supports scrolling, keyboard emulation, launching and complex macros as well as all the usual stuff like clicking, control-clicking and so forth.
What's New
Version 3.0.2:
  • No longer tries to handle Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse
  • Updated Login Items and Installer code to support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Added code signature for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installation
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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USB Overdrive X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Mac2Win reviewed on 20 Nov 2012
This will do for some but if you want 100% windows like mouse acceleration you need to get ControllerMate 4.6. Like many who download this I too was frustrated by the os x mouse acceleration.
My wrist was getting sore from using the mouse under os x. I've tried SteerMouse, Mousefix 2, killamouseaccel commands, download MS drivers...nothing worked but ControllerMate.

Not Advertising for them, but I am compelled to write here as I know somebody will find this info helpful. I realized that every solution I found on the internet has been written by somebody willing to sit down and take their time to write about it.

So here is everything I learned about OS X mouse acceleration issue:

1) There is no easy System Preference to turn in off in 2 seconds.
2) There IS a difference in mouse acceleration between WIN and OSx (your not imagining it).
3) The only real solution is ControllerMatte unit some small app comes out that solves this.
4) SmoothMouse is an app with a lot of hype that is being worked on right now, but it is not out yet.

Now you go out and write about something that will help others.
[Version 3.0.2]

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Cgc replied on 11 Mar 2014
SmoothMouse is a free option that can give you a very Windows-like mouse acceleration curve. ControllerMate has the most horrific interface I've ever seen.
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Aargl reviewed on 25 Sep 2012
Wonderful!
This product comes in where big corporates selling high priced trackballs such as Kensington have abandoned support for their old customers!
My Expert Mouse works perfectly on Mountain Lion and better than with Kensington's original driver on Snow Leopard! (I had strange behaviours in Firefox that seem to have disappeared with this driver!
It definitely deserves the money!
[Version 3.0.2]


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Lopoz reviewed on 12 Aug 2012
Finally, all Logitech MX518 buttons can be programmed! Now I can get rid of SteerMouse :)

Side note: I had to reboot twice to be able to fully program my mouse buttons. Not sure if it's a problem on my end, but thought I'd mention it..

I deducted 1,5 stars for the lack of response on earlier support questions (made by me) by the developer. When someone purchases a software, some support should be given, IMO..
[Version 3.0.2]


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Velgor242 reviewed on 10 Aug 2012
This update makes my week. Many thanks to the developer!
[Version 3.0.2]


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Ronl reviewed on 10 Aug 2012
Excellent software!!
The first third-party app I install when doing a new installation.
Thanks for the update Alessandro!
[Version 3.0.2]


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Rich K. reviewed on 10 Aug 2012
Wow an update :-) I don't wish to sound mean but could the dev not have fixed the conflict with the Magic trackpad a couple of years earlier?

Other than the patchy update schedule this for me has to be the best 3rd party usb driver. It makes my old Microsoft mouse sing and dance!

Thanks for keeping it alive Dev.
[Version 3.0.2]


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Xenophile commented on 07 Aug 2012
Doesn't remember settings on ML until I open the preference pane, click all the mouse butttons, and then close the pane.

I hope there is a fix for this soon.
[Version 3.0.1]


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Velgor242 commented on 27 Jul 2012
Works fine in Mountain Lion, though this doesn't excuse apparent abandonment by the developer. I would jump at another option, but USB Overdrive is the only driver that allows for separate settings per input device. Sigh.
[Version 3.0.1]


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Lostczech commented on 25 Jul 2012
Does not install on Mountain Lion! You get a security warning saying "Install USB Overdrive.pkg can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer."
[Version 3.0.1]

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Amergin replied on 27 Jul 2012
This is because GateKeeper is on by default in Mountain Lion - it can be turned off in system prefs. I presume the developer will get around to signing it at some stage but in the early days of Mountain Lion there are bound to be a number of apps from smaller developers that are not yet signed.
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Lostczech replied on 27 Jul 2012
Spot on Amergin! I fixed this by going to System Preferences > Security and Privacy > General, and checking Allow App Downloads from Anywhere.
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Wizardling reviewed on 29 Mar 2012
The latest (though rather old now :-( ) version of USBO is less intuitive, offers no real value unless you're in Lion and must run this version, is buggy, has broken features (selecting Diablo II for example makes the USBO Pref pane bug out and I have to force quit System Prefs), and support emails go unanswered months later :-(

What a shame formerly excellent software was never at least fixed in OSX 10.6, let alone 10.7. Worse is the developer continues to sell it without at least making it free or removing it for good. If something doesn't happen soon, I'll be demanding a refund, though actually getting through to someone to make such a demand is another matter...

I've used versions of USBO since I got my Lime Rev. c iMac back in 1999 - the first Mac I ever used with USB. It really is a pity the developer is ruining USBO's formerly great reputation through inaction.
[Version 3.0.1]

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Wizardling replied on 25 May 2013
Well, nearly _16 months_ on since I first tried to get email support for v3's broken and buggy features. I have just sent yet another email - my fifth now - requesting a refund for my purchased upgrade to v3 from v10.4.8 which I have long since downgraded to. Thank goodness I still use OS X 10.6.8 on my Macs, which continues working fine with USBO v10.4.8.

I honestly don't expect a reply, but out of principle I am asking anyway.
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Wizardling had trouble on 29 Mar 2012
After I go "Choose Application…" from the Application menu and try to select another app, the USB pref panel becomes buggy, whereby the ok and cancel buttons becoming non-responsive. Also the application I select, e.g. 'Diablo II' will not show up in the Application menu after selecting it in the open file dialog. To get out of the New Duplicate Settings pane I have to force quit System Prefs.

Mid-2007 24" 2.8GHz iMac, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256MB VRAM, OS X 10.6.8

I sent the above to USBO support two months ago - still not had a reply :-( I'm not very happy and may have to downgrade to the old 32 bit version. In fact I'm seeing zero useful improvements in the 'new' (cause it's not really now - is USBO still being supported??) 64 bit version. It's not very good at all :-(
[Version 3.0.1]


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Wizardling had trouble on 16 Dec 2011
Where did clicked-wheel-up and down go in v3? :-( I think I might have to downgrade to v10.4.8 and request a refund for v3 :-(
[Version 3.0.1]

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Wizardling replied on 16 Dec 2011
Never mind, I found out how, but it sure wasn't obvious (just use the click-wheel-up/down while in USBO to get it to appear).
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Ream had trouble on 19 Mar 2010
I installed it. It says restart, I restard and my mac DIES!!!
I think it killed my iMac20!!! The screen is black and I can only hear the Drive spin, but it never makes to OSX as I cannot hear no sound when changing the sound level.

How the hell am I going to sue them, if there is no way I can prove it caused the problem.
[Version 3.0.1]

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Arthur Battram commented on 26 Apr 2010
did you fix it?

if not, or even if you did, you really need applejack - only thing that revived my seemingly dead iMac g5 20Ò

and btw, if you have the fan problem, clean the fan intake - only on g5s- that is HIDDEN directly under where the stand goes into the bak of the iMac. this one foxed even my Mac dealer's techies.


download and install applejack
then use it if there are any problems.

by using a safeboot and typing the applejack magic it runs and fixes stuff.

good luck!
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Ronl replied on 07 Jan 2011
Quote: "I restard and my mac DIES!!!"

Right... I'm sure you couldn't have made a mistake.

I've been using this app. for over a decade and it's stable as any app I've ever used on a Mac.
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Yamagato had trouble on 31 Oct 2009
If installed (3.0.1), interferes with Apple's Magic Mouse drivers. Will allow MM use as a 2-button mouse and nothing more. Must uninstall USBOD to gain access to the multi-touch MM features in Apple's driver.
[Version 3.0.1]

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Iacas replied on 04 Feb 2011
Ditto the Magic Trackpad of course. Won't even pair.
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Doug Engelbart had trouble on 29 Oct 2009
In my old "Overdrive X 10.4.5" everything worked fine. Now I switched to this new v3.0.1 and re-configured my old settings (more than 30) with success, but I also got the following issues (OSX.5.8, G4):

1.) I cannot choose these two games anymore to configure mouse key settings: "Diablo II (Carbon)" and "Baldur's Gate II". I can select each applications' file in the "Choose" dialog, but when I click "Open" there to choose the application, then the application is not chosen (the popup field still says "Application: Choose Application...") and "Cancel/OK" hangs so that I must force-quit the dialog.

2.) This new Overdrive now can export settings (as documented). But it can only export each single setting for each single application separately. How do I save my whole bunch of more than 30 application settings in one single export file?
[Version 3.0.1]

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Wizardling replied on 29 Mar 2012
Hey! That happens to me too with the new 64 bit version of USBO and selecting Diablo II! I also end up having to force quit System Prefs :-(
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Thmghtd had trouble on 10 Oct 2009
I'm a little embarrassed that I can't seem to find a definitive answer to this. Maybe my Googling isn't what it used to be.

Or maybe it was never that good.

Either way: I'm wondering if USB Overdrive can work, in any capacity, with the thin/aluminum Apple USB Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. The model number is A1243, Apple Part # MB110LL/A)

It's plugged in to a 13" MacBook Pro with its lid kept shut and an external Cinema Display as the primary/only monitor. The Status tab of USB Overdrive shows the Apple Optical USB Mouse (which is plugged into the keyboard), but no keyboard.

I'd love to be able to customize... well, to be honest, the whole keyboard, but that's a different app, I'm sure. Farting around with the media keys would be great, though, and my (misguided?) understanding is, somehow, there's a way to do it.

I've been sure to remove all the SteerMouse components, and I had FunctionFlip installed but disabled it and made sure none of its agents are running.

I fired off an email to their support address, but since it's the weekend I don't expect an immediate reply and figured I could ask around...

Thanks in advance!
[Version 3.0.1]


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Satyrica had trouble on 13 Aug 2008
Current version 10.4.8 is a little long in the tooth...

With each new OS update, my functionality is getting
glitchier and glitchier.

As previously mentioned, prefs and status of Apple's
Mighty Mouse is now broken, and I'm also noticing
choppy mouse movement after the last Apple security
update...

Is this software dead? Where is the dev??
[Version 10.4.8]


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Macinen had trouble on 02 Mar 2008
Excellent so far, but couple of bugs with version 10.4.8: If you have wireless Mighty Mouse the System Preferences stops showing the charge of the mouse. Another one is that with Logitech V470 (bluetooth) mouse the clicked wheel scroll (up or down) doesn't work; Overdrive doesn't recognize it. Waiting for an update for this otherwise great driver.
[Version 10.4.8]


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Corpsecorps had trouble on 22 Dec 2007
Tried it with my Saitek P2900 Wireless and it was pretty much a disaster.
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[Version 10.4.8]


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Springheelmac had trouble on 13 Apr 2007
I can't seem to get my XBOX controller to work with MacMAME or MAME OS X. Is it compatible?
[Version 10.4.5]

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Stormwatch commented on 21 Jan 2008
You need something else. Search for: XBox HID Driver.

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Kernelg rated on 07 May 2013

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hced rated on 23 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0.2]



MidooDj rated on 29 Apr 2012

[Version 3.0.1]



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Wizardling rated on 29 Mar 2012

[Version 3.0.1]



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MikeMax999 rated on 11 Jun 2011

[Version 3.0.1]



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Ikir rated on 08 Jan 2011

[Version 3.0.1]



Mpjstuff rated on 13 Dec 2010

[Version 3.0.1]


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Version Downloads:20,674
Type:Drivers : Other
License:Shareware
Date:10 Aug 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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The USB Overdrive is a universal USB driver that handles all USB mice, trackballs, keyboards, joysticks and gamepads from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on an application-specific basis. It reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, switches and controls and supports scrolling, keyboard emulation, launching and complex macros as well as all the usual stuff like clicking, control-clicking and so forth.


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