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wrdk
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What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

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11-06-2007 08:25 AM
I'm in the process of looking for a new mouse. I have never purchased a mouse the autocad in mind. So I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on some good mouse's to use for CAD. I've heard that Logitech MX Revolution is pretty good.

Thanks.
*Erik Deyo
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-06-2007 09:40 AM in reply to: wrdk
I was very happy with my MX I could program the extra buttons for commands.

Erik Deyo
http://ltsideofthings.blogspot.com/

wrote in message news:5770459@discussion.autodesk.com...
I'm in the process of looking for a new mouse. I have never purchased a
mouse the autocad in mind. So I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on
some good mouse's to use for CAD. I've heard that Logitech MX Revolution is
pretty good.

Thanks.
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lrlandusky
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Registered: ‎05-08-2007
Message 3 of 34 (23,401 Views)

Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-06-2007 10:16 AM in reply to: wrdk
I will 2nd that one. I use the MX Revolution, but we also have a couple of MX 610's in use in my office. Logitech has their own software (SetPoint) that allows you to program keystrokes into any button specific to a program. Some mice will allow a keystroke button for every program, but Logitech seems to be the only one capable of identifying which program is in use and having a list of buttons for that particular program.

Here are the things I would recommend in a mouse:
Laser (optical is not quite as sensitive in pointing precision)
Wireless (the wire just gets in the way)
Stay away from bluetooth (we've had too much interference from them; the 2.4 ghz works great though)
Buttons that are programmable

The nice thing about the MX is that is rechargable. I usually have to dock mine over the weekend. The bad thing is that if the battery does go dead (while on vacation or I just forget to charge it), my mouse is useless for about 30 minutes.

The VX is also great if you are using a laptop and want to take the mouse with you. The receiver fits into the mouse and that turns the mouse on and off for you - very smart.

If you can program a key combo in AutoCAD (Ctrl+F) you can add that function to a mouse. I personally use snaps, the snap toggle, and the ortho toggle for my additional buttons.
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jmetz13
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-06-2007 11:17 AM in reply to: wrdk
I am going through the same thing, I have a Logitech MX1000. I do not like the tilt wheel! When you want to zoom or pan you have to push directly in the center of the wheel. Doe the new revolutions have the tilt wheel?
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lrlandusky
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-06-2007 11:23 AM in reply to: wrdk
They do. If you don't like messing with the tilt wheel, disable those two buttons in Logitech SetPoint (or set them to "do nothing"). You don't have to use a button just because it's there. You should be able to disable them for your MX 1000 also.
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drew3rdof3
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-06-2007 05:00 PM in reply to: wrdk
Howdy,

I also have the MX1000 and like it so much I bought one for the machine I use at work.

Cheers!
Drew
*Chips
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-09-2007 12:32 PM in reply to: wrdk
I have the MS Laser Mouse 6000.
It has the tilt wheel for scrolling left and right, and it is a PITA. It
does not seem to have any setting for killing this feature.

I have a problem with screen flicker in ACAD LT. It's random, so sometimes
it's really irritating, sometimes not so bad.
The reason I bring this up is that I read that this is caused by the MS
mouse driver which has some sort of screen save feature (that I have no
interest in using) that cannot be turned off.

In the past I have had problems with the MS mouse driver forgetting the
button assignments I set for it in ACAD and Quickbooks.

I called MS about it, and after some looking into it, I was told that the MS
mouse driver is not compatible with ACAD.

I think I will try this Logitech MX1000.

Greg Chapp

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I am going through the same thing, I have a Logitech MX1000. I do not like
the tilt wheel! When you want to zoom or pan you have to push directly in
the center of the wheel. Doe the new revolutions have the tilt wheel?
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lrlandusky
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-09-2007 12:46 PM in reply to: wrdk
Just a quick note - the MX 1000 is still available from some retailers but has been replaced by the MX Revolution. The revolution has a heavy wheel with quick and accurate response. I've been very pleased.

-Lance
*Chips
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

11-09-2007 07:43 PM in reply to: wrdk
I got the MX Revolution, it seems to work quite well.

I would prefer not having to press quite so hard on the scroll wheel for the
panning, but I'll likely get used to it.

Also, the MS mouse was not able to assign "escape" to a button, and this
mouse can. I assign enter and escape to the forward and back buttons. And I
assigned undo to the button by the scroll wheel.

I like it so far.

GC

wrote in message news:5774252@discussion.autodesk.com...
Just a quick note - the MX 1000 is still available from some retailers but
has been replaced by the MX Revolution. The revolution has a heavy wheel
with quick and accurate response. I've been very pleased.

-Lance
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cptcolo
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Registered: ‎06-16-2011
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Re: What is the best mouse to use for AutoCAD

06-16-2011 02:21 AM in reply to: wrdk

RAZER NAGA (~$70) - The Ultimate Mouse for CAD.

PROS:
*Very comfortable, designed for all-day gaming but works great for all day CAD work
*Middle mouse button works well and is within easy reach
*Macros like crazy. Every button can be programmed. For example Scroll-Up on the mouse wheel can now be Zoom-In like on SolidWorks or Pro E (I do not use AutoCAD much)

CONS:
*Expensive, but actually a great value
*A gaming mouse, has light-up LEDs (these can be turned off)

OTHER THOUGHTS:
*I have mine setup with each workbench of CATIA assigned to the different 1 to 12 buttons. Example in the Sketcher WB "1" starts a Profile, "2" starts a 3-pt tangent, etc... Since each WB in CATIA has exclusive buttons, I have the macros programmed as lists that do whatever command I have set for the button in the workbench. It takes a while to sort out the macors but it is very very fast and part generation is instantaneous! 

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