January 4, 2006
In a post on December 23rd, 2005 I mentioned a variety of possible gifts you might consider giving to a Photoshop Junky. One of the items, a Logitech® MX™518 Gaming-Grade™ Optical Mouse was mentioned because Logitech no longer sells the mouse I was using-a dual optical, four button mouse. At the time, I didn’t notice that Logitech only offered Windows support for that mouse…see: Top Xmas Gifts for a Photoshop Junky-UPDATE. I also indicated that somebody had actually sent me one (other than the one my wife got me for Xmas). But I had no idea who that somebody was. The mystery has been solved.
A photographer based in Washington, DC, John Harrington, had read my original article and decided that the Logitech 518 mouse would make an excellent Xmas gift for a bunch of photographer friends (not to mention himself) and bought some 518′s at Buy.com (I had incorrectly attributed the box as having come from Best Buy). Thanks John…but your name was not listed on any paperwork inside the box–really!
Thanks to a comment by Joe Roemer on the original article, I was able to download a 3rd party driver for the Logitech 518 mouse. The software, SteerMouse, allows programming all the buttons of the 518 mouse for use under Mac OS X. The SteerMouse driver is a $20 shareware application-a deal for a mouse I didn’t have to buy.
So, what did I learn from this little exercise? Well, research is a good thing-it would have been useful for me to have confirmed that the recommendations I made were actually compatible on the Mac. Second, be careful what you ask for because somebody might just give it to you. Third, the Logitech® MX™518 Gaming-Grade™ Optical Mouse is a darn good mouse for Photoshop!