the powermate is crap, i have one if you want to buy it, but the powermate only looks cool, its actual usefullness is very limited. The ideal device would be this http://www.3dconnexion.com/spacetraveler.htm
but the problem with this is, it cost 600 bucks. Its made for use with 3D apps, and although i work in 3D for a living, 600 bucks is crazy for this. I wonder how many of these they actually sell because out of all the people i know working games\vfx houses etc, i dont know one person that owns one.
Just wondering if anybody made a cheaper non 3d market version.
Has anyone used the shuttle xpress. It seems pretty cool. If you have used it, what has your experience been? Is it functional and how difficult is the installation?
This may be a good alternative to powermate.
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I just bought a Shuttle Express today, and so far it's working pretty sweet. I mapped the center knob to left arrow and right arrow to move between songs, and I mapped the spring loaded outer wheel to rewind and fast forward.
The outer wheel has 7 settings in each direction. I assigned Left-1 to hit the RR key 5 times a second, the Left-2 to hit it 15 times a second, the Left-3 to hit it 30 times a second, etc. This way, I can rewind slowly with a little twist or go crazy with a full twist. Same for FF, of course.
The program for configuring keys is super easy to use. You can assign any key to anything, and you can also assign 'Wheel up' and 'Wheel down' to things.
I gotta say, this is a pretty sweet little thing, but keep in mind that it's big. 4 and half inches or so each way.