Trackpad or mouse for designer?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Philalbe, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Philalbe macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Greater Boston Area

    I'm a freelance designer. I recently started doing the bulk of my work on my macbook. I was just curious what other designs thought about using the trackpad vs. a mouse for serious work? I haven't done any heavy vector drawing with the trackpad yet, but I was wondering if you think it offers the some level of control as a conventional mouse? Thanks.


  2. kowalabearhugs, Mar 13, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011

    kowalabearhugs macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2011
    I heart my Wacom Tablet. Mice and touchpads are great for macro work, but nothing can beat a pen tablet for micro stylings.
  3. jahala macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
    I suggest you just try doing your design work with only your trackpad and see if it works for you. If not, you can add a mouse or a tablet. By the way, there is a program called Inkscape that will turn your touchpad into a tablet. You can get a demo version for free from
  4. Philalbe thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Greater Boston Area
    Hi everyone. Thanks for the advice and the links! That program that transforms the trackpad into a tablet sounds pretty interesting :)

    Thanks again.

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