Really can't use a Magic Trackpad

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    Oct 02, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    OK, I've been trying for months, especially after installing Mac OS Lion, which makes better use of it. But I can't do without my Magic Mouse, too engrained in me.

    I like some of the features, but I still find it clumsier than a mouse, and just can't get the hang of it. So here's what I did to try to make it easier and more natural to use.

    Since the wireless aluminum keyboard shares some of the same dimensions and exterior design elements as the trackpad, I flipped them both over and skotch taped them together from underneath! This puts the trackpad in the same position relative to the keyboard as a numeric keypad would be in an extended keyboard.

    It does seem to help a little, since the trackpad is now always in the same convenient place, encouraging me to use it more frequently. Maybe that'll finally train me how to use it well.

    Anyone else challenged by a trackpad?
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    Oct 02, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    LOL. So you previously positioned the trackpad in front of you, like on a laptop? That doesn't make much sense. As you have discovered, the trackpad is the same dimensions as the keyboard. It was meant to placed/used next to it.
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    Oct 02, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. So you previously positioned the trackpad in front of you, like on a laptop? That doesn't make much sense. As you have discovered, the trackpad is the same dimensions as the keyboard. It was meant to placed/used next to it.

    No, never on my lap, the trackpad had been on the desk, but tended to move around. Now it's anchored flush to the right end of the keyboard by tape underneath, to which it blends perfectly. The magic Mouse is now even further to the right.

    I thought perhaps if I made the trackpad a virtual extension of the keyboard I would use it more often and force myself to acquire the skill I lack. And by positioning the mouse further away not keep reaching for it.

    So my question was have others had trouble mastering a Magic Trackpad with a Mac, and perhaps still have difficulty like me? Or maybe I just have poor coordination. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 03, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    The next imac will be touchscreen. Add to your Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad.. it all seems redundant. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 03, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidlol, why bother having a wireless trackpad if you have a magic mouse, which has a track pad on it anyway? I love the trackpad on my macbook pro, but I have always used a trackpad since my first day of my undergrad, so it's natural. I also have a magic mouse because when I am working with data and multiple screens I put my macbook on a riser and use a keyboard and mouse.

    I had upgraded to a Magic Mouse for my previous Mac, then got this 27" model not quite a year ago, that came with another Magic Mouse. Plus I specified a Magic Trackpad as well, to see if I'd like it, since I heard this was the direction in which Apple was going, with the trackpad being more versatile than the mouse.

    And indeed the trackpad is very clever, if you can learn all it's trickery, with 2 and 3-finger swipes and taps, and 3-finger pinches with one hand while you stick your other hand's pinky up your nose, and so forth. icon_rolleyes.gif

    And now that I have OS Lion the trackpad can indeed do even more. I just can't operate it very precisely.