How useful is this mouse in design programs (illustrator, inDesign, etc...) as far as using mouse-based tools such as the pen tool?

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    Unfortunately, as awesome as the mouse looks, feels and scrolls, I feel it is limited in accuracy especially while using the pen tool in Photoshop. If you are an avid Photoshop user I recommend either a WACOM tablet or a Razor mouse. That being said, I actually use two mice: the Razor for Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign and the Magic mouse for browsing on the internet and basic Mac apps. (iTunes, iPhoto etc.)

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  • I usually wonder this same exact thing myself. And before it was dreadful with Apple's mighty mouse to scroll multiple pages on a InDesign document. But ever since I got Magic Mouse, I'm lovin it every day... as you can tell, the scrolling feature is my favorite :-) helps me breeze through dozens of InDesign pages; huge freakin AI artboard & last but not least gazillion output files in Finder for that matter with very minimal efforts!

    Super easy to control. It just sits on your desk as if a show piece or something, brilliant! BTW, it is not a touch screen - I think you might have meant to say "touch sensitive" perhaps? But its not delicate, if you worried about that. Make sure to set your preferences right from the get go... so you can enjoy this baby from the very first minute!

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  • The Magic Mouse is extremely helpful when using design programs. Because it is light and has a streamlined design, it is very easy to push around the desktop and make minute changes with the pen tool. The mouse uses laser tracking so it is very precise no matter what surface you use it on.

    One possible downfall is the multi-touch clickable button. When you are working with a detailed tool, you need to keep your finger in one place on the surface of the mouse. If your pointer finger slides along the mouse, the screen will scroll. In a program like Illustrator, where you have a very large canvas, this can be annoying until you adapt. I was using the mouse with little concern after a short amount of time.

    You are asking for an opinion. I love my Magic Mouse and use it as my main design tool daily.

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