Best mouse for Rhino on OSX?


#1

Hi,
as previously mentioned I’m a CAD newbie working through the Rhino tutorials.

I’m using the Magic Mouse on my Imac, but it’s frustrating me the way it disconnects all the time (not a Rhino problem) and I find the scrolling hard. MagicPrefs helps but I can’t help wondering if there’s a better mouse?

I have used a couple of Logitech cordless laptop mice on the Imac and neither of them scrolled properly with the scroll wheel.

Any suggestions?

Andrew


#2

I have a Logitech M705 mouse, works fine on MacRhino…

–Mitch


#3

i use logitech mice… the MX series is nice because of the thumb buttons which i use for macros in rhino… the scroll wheels are weighted as well meaning you can spin it once and it will spin for quite a long time on it’s own…

MX Anywhere for my laptops and MX Performance on the desktop… i don’t install the logitech software and they work fine as plug&play with osx mouse prefs but your mileage may vary on that one.


#4

I use the “Apple Magic Trackpad”, and am happy with it.


#5

Hey thanks guys for those replies.

I have the trackpad but have never found drag and release as easy as with a mouse.

Do other guys find the trackpad OK to use for drawing? If so perhaps I should work at it, but I got the impression that 3D experts used a mouse.


#6

i use a mbp trackpad all the time on-site… i’m fine with doing complete drawings using only a trackpad… rhino is tapped into it as well so you have things like two-finger orbiting plus a few gesture options for running macros…

it’s option-twofinger for zoom which isn’t bad… just that a mouse scroll wheel is a little better for zoom


#7

I use only my MacBook trackpad and no mouse, and do some fairly complex images - walterdill.com. This is done using keyboard commands/aliases. They are easy to set up and speed up regularly used commands. For instance, I use rt for rotate, and mr for mirror. Set up aliases in preferences found in the main Rhino menu.


#8

Thanks very much again for the advice. I’ve been using the trackpad and mostly it’s better than the mouse - very smooth zooming, intuitive rotating perspective view.

The one issue I have is that I can’t get used to opening the flyout menus on the toolbar icons using the trackpad. I have to do a “hard click” - the soft touch gestures won’t work to open the flyout. Not sure if there’s another way, but it’s not a deal breaker, I just have to get used to it.

Thanks, Andrew


#9

where is the link to downlaod rhino for mac. i desperately need it . plz help


#10

Ashamed to say that it’s easy to use the flyouts with soft touch … I just had to learn to do a double touch and hold! Sorry for being such a learner.


#11

Once you’ve signed up on the Rhino OSX site, the download link appears:

http://mac.rhino3d.com/content/DownloadWIP.aspx

As for mouse, I’ve tried the Magic Mouse on my retina MacBook Pro. In Rhino OSX, it works OK. I love the fact that it operates over Bluetooth thus saving a USB port from being occupied. Also found it pretty slick that it can bring the system out of sleep. Problem is, I setup the notebook to dual-boot into Windows7 (T-Splines) and that’s where the Magic Mouse lost its luster. Apple’s Win7 drivers for the Magic Mouse would cause right-click operations to only work half the time. Right-clicking is crucial to rotating around an object, but MOST of the time, what I got with the Magic Mouse was a mis-translated middle-mouse-click giving me the pop-up toolbar. Stylistic coolness aside, this Rhino user needed his discreete mouse buttons.

I’ve been using the Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse for nearly a year now. It’s been working well booting into Win7 or OSX. It’s Bluetooth, so again connects with the MacBooks. The typical mechanical scroll wheel (aka: Food Trap) is replaced by a solid-state touch-sensitive strip. I don’t know if iMacs include Bluetooth, but if it’s on the checklist, I can vouch for the Microsoft Sculpt Touch.

Logitech recently announced their Magic-Mouse contendor, the Touch Mouse T631. I’d expect it to work comparably in OSX. The question is whether it’s better than the Magic Mouse in Win7 (working in Rhino 5).


#12

Hi, the track pad works good for me too :slight_smile:


#13

Whatever you are used to. For me it is a multi button mouse (real buttons) - a Logitech. I like to assign my most used command to the various buttons, and especially a customized popup menu to the center button.