Tuesday, November 10th 2009

WarMouse Rolls Out OOMouse, Combines Productivity with Utility

Here's a mouse that takes macro-bound multi-button design to a whole new level. The OOMouse from WarMouse crams over 18 buttons. The last time someone got this generous with buttons, was Razer, with its Naga MMO mouse that offers up to 12 macro buttons. The OOMouse on the other hand, isn't intended to be a gaming mouse, quite the opposite, it carries the OpenOffice.org branding, and offers that many buttons to improve productivity, after of course getting used to bending your neck to look for the right button, compared to simply moving the pointer to macro buttons on screen, or using keyboard shortcuts.

"The WarMouse team have worked closely with experts from the OpenOffice.org user experience project to deliver the full benefits of the world's leading open-source office software to the fingertips of users," says John McCreesh, marketing project lead at OpenOffice.org. Using its 18 programmable mouse buttons, clickable scroll wheel, three different button modes (key, keypress, and macro), and up to 16 macros on a joystick, on the left-side of it, the OOMouse can perform 52 different actions with the touch of a button. Unintentionally, it can also help MMO gamers thanks to its 1600 dpi optical sensor. The resolution of this sensor can be adjusted between 400 and 1600 dpi.

A complete list of features according to its makers is as follows:
  • 18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality
  • Three different button modes: Key, Keypress, and Macro
  • Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with optional 4, 8, and 16-key command modes
  • Clickable scroll wheel
  • 512k of flash memory
  • 63 on-mouse application profiles with hardware, software, and autoswitching capability
  • 1024-character macro support.
  • Open source support software for creating, managing, and customizing application profiles
  • Import and export of custom profiles in XML format
  • Optional audio notification of profile switching with customizable wave files
  • PDF export of profile button assignments
  • Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI
  • 20 default profiles for popular games and applications, including OpenOffice.org 3.1, Adobe Photoshop, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, World of Warcraft, and the Call of Duty series.
"You can do far more with this mouse than most people are likely to realize at first," adds mouse designer Theodore Beale. "You can launch applications from the desktop, and in your browser you can fire up a specific Internet site with one button, then close it with a double-click on the same button. In Writer and Calc, you can have your most powerful and complicated macros on one row of buttons and simple functions like Bold, Undo, and Format Cell on another. It's very useful in games like World of Warcraft, because even without taking the joystick into account, you've got 16 commands within one click, 40 within two, and all 72 icons on the six action pages within just two double-clicks or less."
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30 Comments on WarMouse Rolls Out OOMouse, Combines Productivity with Utility

#1
Mussels
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joystick... mouse
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#2
Luke
How any one would use half those buttons I will never know

And WHY A JOYSTICK!!!!!
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#3
gumpty
This would be perfect for pirates. As long as their hook was on their left hand, of course.

But in all seriousness this would probably be brilliant for amputees and stroke victims etc.
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#4
caleb
I think this one is a must have for ppl that watch movies with 1 hand very being busy. ;)
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#6
Triprift
The #1 choice for one armed stroke victims.
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#7
Mussels
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by: Triprift
The #1 choice for one armed stroke victims.


Its for this guy?
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#9
gumpty
A few years back I was sitting in the office at work one morning when the firm's secretary comes into the (open plan) office and announces that a much beloved former employee had suffered from a stroke earlier that morning. All very sombre stuff.

But then my workmate, degenerate of a man that he is, leans over and whispers in my ear:
"I had a stroke this morning too, but you don't see me telling the whole world about it."

I can tell you it's tough to hold a sympathetic face when you're pissing yourself laughing.
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#10
mtosev
most stupid mouse design ever. looks like the eyes of a fly.
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#12
JC-Denton
I wont be upgrading my 10y old mouse... I'll wait for one that comes with a full keyboard

EDIT: I might consider one with 19 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality though
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#13
Mussels
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by: JC-Denton
I wont be upgrading my 10y old mouse... I'll wait for one that comes with a full keyboard
oh, you mean the logitech dinovo edge?
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#14
JC-Denton
by: Mussels
oh, you mean the logitech dinovo edge?
that doenst seem to be a mouse with a full keyboard, but a full keyboard with a mouse.


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#15
Mussels
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by: JC-Denton
that doenst seem to be a mouse with a full keyboard, but a full keyboard with a mouse.
you win this round.
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#18
Laurijan
I think all the scheme lacks is a Hello Kitty logo

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#19
PCpraiser100
This outta make my Xbox friends shut up when they are playing PC. Me like, time to hotkey the crap out of Supreme Commander :pimp:
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#20
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD


hot key spamming cruise control for awesome
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#21
Tartaros
I still have to find someone who uses more than 2 macro combos in a g11 or the g9...

Warmouse could make more profit making it compatible with guitar hero :nutkick:
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#22
Scrizz
i want a joystick on my mouse :(
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#23
tkpenalty
what amazes me is how critical you guys are about this...
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#24
Mussels
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by: tkpenalty
what amazes me is how critical you guys are about this...
its a joystick on a mouse O.o

critical? only of its looks :P


Tech support: "left click the internet explorer icon"

user: "which one? i have 42 buttons on the left side of my mouse... ?"
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#25
tkpenalty
by: Mussels
its a joystick on a mouse O.o

critical? only of its looks :P


Tech support: "left click the internet explorer icon"

user: "which one? i have 42 buttons on the left side of my mouse... ?"
I'd assume that the person who is getting the mouse will understand how to use something like that. Why do i get the impression that you've had one too many VBs?
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