OS X Thrustmaster USB analog joystick used as mouse

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  1. dhalbert macrumors newbie

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    I'm heling out a disabled person who's using an inexpensive Thrustmaster USB analog joystick as a mouse on a Mac running Yosemite. The speed of mouse movement is proportional to the distance the stick is from center. He says he is not using any third-party software to have the joystick act as a mouse.

    I was surprised by this. I don't have a Mac, but I know that on Windows you need a third-party program, such as joy2mouse, to have the joystick function as a mouse. He said he used to use joy2mouse but no longer does so. Is it true that an analog joystick will simply operate as a mouse on MacOS? Is it automatic or is it some option in the assistive technology settings? If not, do you have some idea of some other third-party software besides joy2mouse that would support this? He may have forgotten something that was installed to help him.

    The user is also using KeyStrokes, a third-party predictive on-screen keyboard. However, I don't see anything about joystick support in the doc for that program. Thanks.
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Whoa right there <non-gender specific title>! My Thrustmaster USB analog joystick costs over $1000US, so I'm already doubting the credibility of this story. Keep with me... I'm just trying to be humorous...

    I do not think so... I've programmed DirectX commands directly into software configuration files to have additional functions, but by default the mouse can be selected in windows system console, just as it can be selected in the MacOS.

    Sorry, I don't know anything about KeyStrokes... and I hope you took all of the previous tongue-in-check.
     
  3. Janichsan macrumors 65816

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    This is actually the first time I heard about this, but I found it's a real thing: the feature is called "Switch Control".

    And what exactly was the point of this?
     
  4. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Definition of humor
    1. a normal functioning bodily semifluid or fluid (as the blood or lymph)b : a secretion (as a hormone) that is an excitant of activity

    2. a in medieval physiology : a fluid or juice of an animal or plant; specifically : one of the four fluids entering into the constitution of the body and determining by their relative proportions a person's health and temperamentb : characteristic or habitual disposition or bent : temperament <of cheerful humor> c : an often temporary state of mind imposed especially by circumstances <was in no humor to listen> d : a sudden, unpredictable, or unreasoning inclination : whim

    3. a : that quality which appeals to a sense of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous b : the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous c : something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing

    Specifically, #3. ( That was meant literally ).
     
  5. Janichsan, Dec 13, 2016
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    Janichsan macrumors 65816

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    Well, some people have a talent to be funny, others don't...
     
  6. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Now that was funny! I'll stick to writing DX commands.
     

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