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How to fix OSX mouse acceleration

May 5th, 2009

As a long-time Windows developer new to the Mac, it took all of five seconds before I realized something felt horribly wrong with the mouse on OSX. The pointer would consistently stop short of the spot I was aiming for. As my hand slowed down, the pointer slowed down even faster, making those final few pixels a chore to traverse.

Apparently Apple changed this between OS9 and OSX and there is no official way to configure it more to your liking. I find it really quite amazing that they could screw up the fundamental core of the whole Macintosh user experience and leave it completely busted for numerous revisions since.

Oh dear, this isn’t really setting the right tone. Apple-bashing on an iPhone developer’s blog, in only the second post? I can almost feel the mighty fist of Steve Jobs hovering over me, ready to smite my provisioning profile into tiny pieces and banish me back to the bowels of Windows from whence I came.

To be fair, I’m sure there are lots of people who are happy with the mouse acceleration in OSX. But they’re probably all using trackpads.

For those people who are less than happy, rejoice for help is at hand. And it comes from the most benign and benevolent of sources – Microsoft!

Just download the IntelliPoint driver and make your Mac usable. You don’t need to be using a Microsoft mouse. Thankyou thankyou thankyou Bill!

(See this article at TidBITS for a more detailed analysis and some less optimal solutions)

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