VirtuaMouse Feature Preview: Easy Select Mode

by Michael Prendergast on October 26th, 2009

Hi there!

Well, it’s about time I gave some more information about the mysterious new feature that’s been popping up around here. As mentioned, the new feature is named Easy Select Mode, and it will be making its first appearance in VirtuaMouse One-Hand v1.1.

If you followed the contest, you probably saw the hints that I gave in the contest’s comments. For some fun, take a look at the hints again (copied below) and see if you can guess what Easy Select Mode does before I reveal it to you. ;-)

Easy Select Mode Cursor

The hints…

This new feature:

1. helps you to move and around in apps, *and* it also lets you do something else.

2. is especially useful in programs where you have lists of items, like in Contacts, or Outlook.

Got an idea as to what it might do?

Easy Select Mode Revealed!

If you guessed that Easy Select Mode is (1) an easy way to switch out of VirtuaMouse to (2) open an email or text message, select a contact, or open an application/webpage link; and then (3) seamlessly reactivate VirtuaMouse — then you’d be absolutely correct!

Good guess! :-)

To give a little bit more detail: Easy Select Mode will let you quickly switch to your arrow keys, allowing you scroll to and select or open a desired contact/email/program/link, and then automatically switch back to VirtuaMouse’s cursor mode.

All of this without taking your thumb off of the d-pad/joypad. ;-)

I’ve been using this feature in an internal release for a while now, and I find it most useful for scrolling web pages in Internet Explorer, emails in the Messaging app, or other types of documents.

So, how does it work?

We’ll look at an example. As I said, I personally think it works best while browsing documents, emails, or the web, but let’s take a look at the Contacts app.

Let’s say that you wanted to call your friend, Rachel Green, to tell her about the awesome new Frappuccino that Starbucks has just introduced.

Side-Note: Before you get all excited — this story is fictional. As far as I know, Starbucks hasn’t introduced any new Frappuccinos. Now let’s carry on… ;-)

You would start by opening up your contact list, as usual.

Normally, if you had VirtuaMouse open at this point, you would use the cursor to tap the scrollbar, moving down the list until you came to Rachel’s name. Then, you’d either use your thumb/finger to select her name, or use VirtuaMouse to choose her name and make the call.

But now, instead of using VirtuaMouse to tap the scrollbar arrows, you can just “double tap” on the main part of the scrollbar to switch into Easy Select Mode.

When you switch to Easy Select Mode, the VirtuaMouse cursor changes to the arrow icon, as seen above… and below in the next screenshot.

EasySelectMode-FullWithArrow

The icon’s a little small in that picture, so let’s take a closer look:

EasySelectMode-SliceWithArrow

Once you see this see this icon, you can scroll down the list using your arrow keys until you get to Rachel’s name. When you get there, pressing the Action/Enter button will do two things automatically:

  1. Select/open the item that’s highlighted – in this case, your friend Rachel.
  2. Re-activate VirtuaMouse so that you can continue to use it until you choose to close it.

Easy Select Mode works in almost any application with a scrollbar. An exception to this are applications with custom/special scrollbars. We’ll be adding support for those in the future.

We’ve been listening to you!

This feature is a direct result of user feedback. One of our customers asked for a way to easily switch in and out of VirtuaMouse to quickly select an email, without needing another hardware button. This is our solution for that request.

We hope you like it! :-)

I love it when we get feedback, and we really do listen. So please, if you have any feedback/comments, or features that you’d like to see in a future version of VirtuaMouse, feel free to email me personally at michael@innovisoft.com, or add a comment to the blog.

I welcome your feedback!

About Friday’s post

by Michael Prendergast on October 24th, 2009

Hey all,

Sorry for not posting the follow-up on time. The post was pretty much done and then I decided to take it in another direction. I’ll post the re-write on Monday.

Again, my apologies.

Sincerely,
Michael

Winner of the “Guess The New VirtuaMouse Feature” Contest!

by Michael Prendergast on October 21st, 2009

Well, it took a little while, but we officially have a winner for our Guess The New VirtuaMouse Feature contest! Congrats to cichy3000 for correctly guessing what the icon will be used for in VirtuaMouse v1.1, I’ve sent you an email with your prize! :) — Please reply to this post if you didn’t get the email.

This was Innovisoft’s first contest and I had quite a bit of fun doing it! The guesses were great, and some were really close — I could only give the prize to a fully correct guess though.

Although, I feel that this contest was a bit harder than I originally planned. I’m thinking it was because the feature preview picture wasn’t very specific.

Guess The Feature Contest - Cursor Arrows

My apologies for that. :-?

So, to make up for giving such a hard contest, I made an executive decision to do the following:

  • Change the main prize from a 50% off coupon, to a free VirtuaMouse One-Hand License.
  • Give everyone who took the time to submit a guess a 50% discount coupon for VirtuaMouse One-Hand.

So, congratulations also to Peter, Alejako, Alex, and florisz! And congrats to cichy3000 for the upgrade! Check your email for your prizes! ;-)

Oh, one more thing!

I almost forgot to tell you what the new feature is! It’s called Easy Select Mode. You’ve already got a pretty good hint from the contest’s comments, but I’ll write a post describing the new feature on Friday.

Keep your eyes open for more contests and prizes. :)

Stay tuned!

Contest: Guess The New VirtuaMouse Feature!

by Michael Prendergast on June 16th, 2009

Hi there! I thought it may be fun to have a little contest. So, this week, in addition to a feature preview, let’s make things a little bit more interesting…

See if you can guess what this image will be used for in the new version of VirtuaMouse:

VirtuaMouse Feature Preview

The first person to correctly guess what feature this image will be used for will win a 50% off coupon for VirtuaMouse One-Hand! :)

Have a guess? Post your guess as a comment on this post.

Coming Soon: VirtuaMouse Version 1.1!

by Michael Prendergast on May 29th, 2009

Hi there! Just a quick update. We’ve been working on version 1.1 of VirtuaMouse One-Hand to get it ready for release. We have some exciting new features in version 1.1, and our plans for v1.2 and up might just put a smile on your face! :)

Here’s a “teaser” of one of the additions to VirtuaMouse:

VirtuaMouse Hand Cursor. Can you guess what feature this is for?

A new VirtuaMouse Hand Cursor.

Can you guess what this will be used for? Hint: it’s probably not your first guess! :)

Stay tuned!

VirtuaMouse now supports the Xperia X1’s optical pad!

by Michael Prendergast on February 3rd, 2009

We just did a “silent release,” updating VirtuaMouse One-Hand to include support for the Xperia X1’s optical pad! A big thank you goes to Chris Kröger for helping out so much during our testing and development of this feature.

You can download the new release from our VirtuaMouse Downloads page. 

Please let us know what you think of this update, and/or if you notice any problems. Also, if there are any changes you would like us to make, we’d love to hear them.

Enjoy!

VirtuaMouse coming soon to Xperia X1’s Optical Pad

by Michael Prendergast on January 14th, 2009

A quick update for Xperia X1 owners: 

Xperia X1 - VirtuaMouse Optical Pad Fix Coming Soon

We are currently working on getting VirtuaMouse One-Hand to work with the Xperia X1’s optical pad. The update will be released within the next few weeks.

VirtuaMouse One-Hand still works well with the D-Pad on the X1’s though, so you can always use the D-Pad until we release the update.

If anyone is interested in testing out the optical pad fix, please feel free to contact us.

The Innovisoft Blog is up!

by Michael Prendergast on January 7th, 2009

Welcome to the Innovisoft Blog!

I’m your host, Michael Prendergast, founder of Innovisoft Corporation. I’ll be the “public face” of the company for the next little while; so you’ll be seeing me around on the blog and in the forums (coming soon).

Champagne bottle opening

This blog will be used to help keep you up to date on what’s going on at Innovisoft. Also, I’ll be trying to pick your brain a little bit (hmm… that sounds kind of odd when it’s written down) to get some of your thoughts, suggestions and general feedback on our products.

There will probably also be some semi-random posts that show up on here from time to time.

We’re always open to suggestions and we love to get feedback — so please, if you ever have something to say, feel free to add a comment, email us or post something in the forums.

Again, welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,
Michael