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    The best navigation knob?

    Hey guys

    What do you think is the best navigation "knob" for the Mac?

    I'm only really aware of two:

    Logitech's NuLooq Pro $150

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    Griffin's Powermate $45

    Are there others out there? Can anyone tell me how these work? It seems you just can set them up to trigger keypresses on the keyboard? It seems that the NuLooq, although more expensive, has a lot more "buttons", so that it could send a lot of different keypresses.

    I'd like to integrate this into AMP, and perhaps make it mostly navigable from the controller in addition to the touch screen. I dunno.

    Are there any other good "controllers" out there? I figure if I can get it navigable by a controller like this, one could just get a remote control (RF preferred!) and set it up with the same keystrokes, so it would be very easy to integrate too.

    Thank you for any .. knowledge? lol

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    as a powermate owner, i can say that if you're looking to control more than just front row, i'd go with that NuLOOQ. If you could program the panning functions to move the mouse cursor i think you'd be set.
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    Yeah, I was thinking the Nulooq is the best option too. It just sucks its $150!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid
    If you could program the panning functions to move the mouse cursor i think you'd be set.
    You can't do that with NuLOOQ. PowerMate's driver does allow you that, but then you would have to use push + rotate for one direction which is extremely inconvenient.

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    Can you assign the NuLooq to "tab", "shift-tab", and "space"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo
    Can you assign the NuLooq to "tab", "shift-tab", and "space"?
    Yes.

    But I have my doubts about controlling AMP using any knob. To do that efficiently, the interface must be designed for this from the very beginning. The interface you use now is too much touchscreen-oriented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jirka Jirout
    Yes.

    But I have my doubts about controlling AMP using any knob. To do that efficiently, the interface must be designed for this from the very beginning. The interface you use now is too much touchscreen-oriented.
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    I use the Powermate for control in my car. Although it is a bit limited in the number of click options, that also makes it very simple to operate while driving.

    A click changes the song.
    Turning it one way or the other changes the volume in iTunes.
    I have click-turn set to raise/lower the system volume.

    That leaves a long click for Pause/Play.

    The Powermate can be programmed to send most key sequences and can act differently according to the application that is running, so it is easy to customize by program.

    The more complex stuff should be saved for the touchscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n2k
    I orderd a ccStick Id last week.

    http://zhorvat.dyndns.org/PCForums/S...px?PostID=3031

    As soon as I get it I'll try to do a review of it.
    It looks quite similar to X-keys board. I still have two of them, I used one together with a rebuilt Sony joystick-style remote controller.

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