Scrolling is a time honored way to navigate through a document or page or site which is longer than your Mac’s screen or browser window or word processor, and not much has changed in the few decades we’ve been scrolling windows up and down. Click to scroll up. Click to scroll down. Or grab to scroll up or down.
What’s wrong with scrolling? There hasn’t been much of a change to scrolling in 33 years of the Mac, so let’s see if anyone has come up with a way to improve the process. Apple helps out with Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, the MacBook trackpad and gestures, but up and down is mostly the same as it always has been. Up and down. The Smart Scroll utility goes even further with extra options for scroll wheel, multi-touch mice, hovering, grabbing, and even additional buttons, because some Mac mice have mated with other mice and now there is a generation of mice with more buttons in an era where most Mac users use trackpads.
Those days are over. There are so many options to learn and use in Smart Scroll you’ll think the Mac’s built-in scrolling is antiquated to the point of neanderthal.
Through the years I have experimented with nearly every mouse known to the Mac universe and they all have one thing in common. They’re holdovers from the 1980s. A mouse is a mouse even when it has half a dozen extra buttons.
Smart Scroll takes all the features and functions of the past and mixes in a few new tricks to create an app package that’s greater than the sum of the parts.
Check these out.
Scroll Wheel+ Multi-Touch+ – what you get is a more comfortable, smoother, faster scroll speed for both mouse and trackpad.
Hover Scroll – I love this. Hover the cursor near top or bottom of an app window. Scrolling continues without effort.
Auto Scroll – hands free? Yes. Set the speed, read as you need, scrolling is automatic.
Grab Scroll – It’s like scrolling on an iPad or iPhone. Grab anywhere and scroll up or down.
Scroll Keys – this is what separates Mac power users from the rest of us. Use only the keyboard for maximum efficiency.
Vector Scroll – Windows users have this. Now Mac users get it.
Those functions alone are worth the price of admission to Smart Scroll. Use it for half a day and you’ll wonder what Apple’s been doing all these years (besides counting your money).