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    • I just got an iPad, yeah, yeah I know I'm years behind the times, but right now I'm trying to reduce size and volume and trying out an iPad to see if that will's a learning curve.

      ...but it lead me to this question - Mouse, Pencil, Trackpad, Touch Screen, Shortcut Keys - Which is Your Preferred Control?

      For years I was a PC user, then decided to switch to Apple products, and can say I will never switch back for the simple reason I just find them so much easier to use and more intuitive to what I use a computer for.

      Naturally like most, I guess, on that first time using a Mac I was reaching for a mouse, so I got one, used it for a while but then found the track pad so much easier, quicker and one less thing to carry.

      From creating documents, to writing articles, or post processing photos the trackpad was all I needed.

      Enter stage left, the iPad, with it's touch screen, and also a pencil to use for more refined touches they combine in a great way, but I've now gone back to having two things to carry, to make one thing function.

      So as an open question - what is you preferred way of controlling your Apple or PC and why?

    • I don't really have a preference, it just depends on what I'm doing. On PC I obviously use a mouse and keyboard, on my laptop I'm fine with a trackpad, and it also has a touch screen which I use from time to time. I don't really need a mouse when using my laptop, but that's not because I prefer the trackpad, I just don't want the hassle of bringing a mouse with me everywhere I go with my laptop.

    • I'll tell you my least favorite "input device." I cannot abide the MacBook Pro's touchbar. I cannot count the number of times that the smallest finger on my left hand accidentally activated the touchbar while I was typing and destroyed what I was attempting to do.

      If I could inactivate the touchbar, I would.

    • Shortcut keys-ish are my main one, I've tied a bunch of macros to gamepads and use them 100% for what I do in the LR library module and then created different profiles so they can take the place of a keyboard for the develop one and Photoshop as well.

      I try to limit my keyboard/mouse use as much as possible and for anything other than a quick edit will quickly go to my Wacom or Surface Pen depending on the system. This has the side benefit that if I'm editing on my Surface I don't need the type cover allowing me to work in tighter spaces.

    • Using a gamepad helps because everything is so broken up VS just a row of macro keys. With the SNES one it's just the 4 face buttons (which are further broken up with concave/convex buttons), start/select, and then the shoulder buttons and for the Library module it works out pretty well:

      The face buttons A/B are increase/lower rating, then the X/Y are set to red and yellow colors.

      The shoulder buttons are to flag/unflag.

      Start/select is undo and change viewing mode (full screen to windowed in case I need to use another program).

      And the d-pad takes the place of the arrow keys.

      I use the colors to denote different types of photos that need to be grouped together while the flags go for ones which will need additional processing work in LR or PS.

    • Touchpad.

      I started with an Apple IIe. Then went to a DOS machine.

      I used Windows machines for a long time. Finally got frustrated with all the little issues that together, became a big problem, so I went back to Apple.

      I was stunned at so little paperwork that came with my MacBook. Then I read Steve Jobs wouldn't design or build a product that the consumer needed an operating manual. He believed you should simply turn it on and have fun (or get to work).

      But now, even Apple products have grown very complex with all the shortcut keys, touchpad finger movements, etc. I doubt I'm using my MacBook Pro to 1/10th of its builtin capabilities since I don't even know what they are...

      Hum, maybe a paper manual describing all the features would be nice.

      For now, it remains the touchpad and keyboard, clicking on the taskbar and look for the word commanding the needed function.

      I wonder what those hieroglyphic symbols beside the letter in pulldown Apps menus mean?

    • Does anyone use a pointer when surfing with their smartphone?

      When I owned a 5S, I thought it was ridiculous that a family member used one of those pencil pointer thingies to send messages or to scroll on their newer model iphone.

      But then I got an X, and my protective case brand no longer had a plastic overlay over the screen: too many complaints about the plastic getting all scratched up.

      Now I’m finger scrolling on the bare glass of a gorgeous iPhone X glass screen and within a week I feel like the glass has sanded down my fingerprints on my index finger.

      Holy frick! I now own three pointers: one for work, one for home and one in the car—I kept leaving them or losing them when I only had one.