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Author Topic: IDEA: Mouse clicker, without using mouse buttons physically  (Read 5173 times)
midiworks
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« on: April 12, 2006, 04:23:27 PM »


http://www.sensorysoftwar....com/software/dwellclick/
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Dwelling is resting the mouse over one area of the screen for a specified time. The dwell click software allows you to perform left-click, right-click and double clicks, and even drag things around the screen.

This is ideal for those who can operate the mouse pointer, but not the buttons. For example, users of a head mouse such as the Smart NAV can use this software to control mouse operated Windows programs.

There are configuration options to:

specify the size of the target for users who cannot hold the pointer in one place.
change the length of time for a dwell to be accepted
turn sounds on or off
move the dwell clicker window around the screen

Dwell clicker is a free download from our Software Information page.
http://www.sensorysoftwar.../downloads/DwellClick.exe

there are several tools, that let you use your mouse without the need
of actually kicking any buttons.
these tools are mainly meant for people who have little or no ability to perform mouse clicks.

but none of the programs I have tried are working the way they should or could work.
missing things like: Mark a text part for exemple.
(not bad, but still not good or simple enough.)
the programme of the picture I have posted above works quite well,
but it should be a more complet solution, combining several functions.
In the end it should be a multi-tool that can really help people to do things,
they cant do anymore or that are difficult to do.

MouseActivate v1.3 from Skrommel, goes are bit into that direction.
Maybe somebody here is interested in creating such a useful tool
that really works well for handicapped people ?

Thanks and cheers
 cheesy
René
« Last Edit: April 13, 2006, 02:47:21 AM by brotherS » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2006, 08:50:08 PM »

 smiley Hi again, midiworks!

Try NoButtons preview!

Move the mouse to where you want to click. Hold the mouse still for one second, and the window appears under your cursor. Now just hold the mouse over the action you want, the window goes away and the action is performed.

I've tried DwellClicker, and the main problem is the distance you have to move the mouse. So I've stolen this idea from Monkey Island and other adventure games.

It's just to get feedback, so it is very rough.

Edited 2006.04.13: Changed the default button to leftclick instead of rest. The buttons can be moved and changed, and there's an option to send any AutoHotkey keypress.

Edited 2006.04.13: Added option to run programs.

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« Last Edit: April 13, 2006, 09:43:29 AM by skrommel » Logged

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2006, 01:53:02 AM »

Hi skrommel  smiley

This is really, already not bad !
I also liked very much the shift button, but it should be automatically unshifted after another left click is detected.
(Or after a certain number of seconds)
Otherwise if shift is held all the time the mouse wheel is not working any more.

Sometimes I was unsure which button was in use, a visual help would be good like inverseing the colour of the button.
I have to try more with several programs and see how it is reacting/working then.
Complex programs like Photoshop was such, are a very hard to handle in general with all the available programs.
 
All in all already a very nice approach !
I really liked the idea that it disappears and reappears, this is very nice thinking. Wink

The best way to figure out what can be changed or be different is to try it,
I mean, try only to do all the things you usually do without touching the keyboard or the mouse buttons.
When ever you reach for the keyboard, then there is a need to adapt the program so it can be done without it.
Things like:  hold this or that key and click the left mouse button are is simply impossible,
but as you will experience those combinations will show up more often than you wish.
Maybe one or two buttons, that can be freely assigned to whatever might help.

Great work so far !

Thanks a lot,
René
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006, 02:40:15 AM »

Just a few findings:
when the cursor is on the taskbar, the tool should show up above,
or the user cannot select all functions.

At the moment it is not reacting/clicking all the times like you would expect.
There also seems to be a problem because it is not always on top of all programs.
Like I'm using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate this text,
the Dragon bar is the most top window....

Maybe one botton could open up a pop-up menu with additional functions like:
copy-paste
keyboard shortcuts
etc.

smiley
René

PS. I just saw that the taskbar is also transparent now, even after quitting NoButtons.
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2006, 08:44:31 AM »

 smiley Just uploaded a new preview of NoButtons.

But I'm not shure if it's the best solution after all... The mouseclick, which is used most frequently take twice the time it has to, and the window flashing can be tiresome, too. But it is easy to convert into something like DwellClicker, so tell me what you think.

Remember to delete the ini-file!

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2006, 09:43:56 AM »

 smiley And another.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2006, 01:40:53 PM »

Hi skrommel  smiley
Hm, this is too nervous...... I can not watch that 12-14h a day. undecided
Maybe add a follow mouse option.
Default was better centered.
I could not work at all with synthedit http://synthedit.com/
Connecting cables.


Nice work so far !  Kiss

Thanks,
René
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2006, 08:07:32 AM »

 Thmbsup skrommel smiley
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