3Dconnexion's 3DxWare 10 Software Brings 3D Mousing To All Apps - HotHardware
3Dconnexion's 3DxWare 10 Software Brings 3D Mousing To All Apps

3Dconnexion's 3DxWare 10 Software Brings 3D Mousing To All Apps

3D is clearly booming, and it's not just in the cinema. It's spreading to television and elsewhere, and while 3D on the screen isn't the same as spacial 3D, we doubt it's a coincidence that 3D mice are also coming into play. 3Dconnexion, which has created a certain amount of 3D peripherals in the years, has just announced 3DxWare 10, which is detailed as a breakthrough driver platform that extends the usage of 3D mice to any application, from Microsoft Office to internet browsers and from media players to games.

And now with 3DxWare 10, 3Dconnexion 3D mice can also handle everyday applications with ease. Beta versions of 3DxWare 10 for PC and Mac can be downloaded for free from www.3dconnexion.com/anywhere, and yes, this basically allows pretty much any piece of software compatible with a 3D mouse. It's hard to imagine how some of those applications will actually interact with a 3D input device, but the good news is that the software is flexible enough to let you try out different things.


Previously, only users of specialist 3D applications benefited from the intuitive, six degrees-of-freedom 3D navigation delivered by a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse. Now, the simple 3DxWare 10 interface allows users to assign keyboard strokes and traditional mouse or joystick movements in any combination to the 3D mouse. Tilt the controller cap to scroll a Web page, twist the cap to adjust the volume in iTunes, or use all six axes to pilot a helicopter in Battlefield Bad Company 2. The choice of application and assignment of the six axes and up to 32 function keys (depending on the 3D mouse model) is entirely up to the user.

The 3DxWare 10 beta platform for PC and Mac is available for download at www.3dconnexion.com/anywhere  and is compatible with 3Dconnexion’s current line of 3D mice, including the SpacePilot PRO (MSRP $399), SpaceExplorer (MSRP $299), SpaceNavigator (MSRP $99) and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129). 
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If they gave them away for free, I'd be curious. The problem with alternative input devices is that they're always expensive and typically require a substantial learning curve. A 3D mouse might be very useful for people doing CAD/CAM work, but it's not going to matter to other power users who don't need to model.

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Interesting, but would you not need at least a half ball shaped surface to mouse in 3D on? How can you use a 3D mouse without that really as the 3D is depth.

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The website details it, Rapid, though not with the smallest mouse. If you were working an omnidirectional camera it might come in very useful once mastered.

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Seems like a niche product at this point. But I am all for innovation go go gadget 3D mouse.

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Guys, they sold a million of these already - it's now pretty much the industry standard for 3d mice.

They are very nice for use with 3D cad or google Sketchup. I've been waiting for a driver like this for ever, this will make a lot of apps faster and nicer to use!

It's not a mouse replacement - you manipulate it with the other hand and it feels very natural to use very quickly. I use a logitech trackball with my right hand and a spaceexplorer in my left, with the keyboard in between and a separate numeric keypad to the right of the trackball. Kicks ass for coding, powerpoint and sketchup!

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