USB Overdrive Receives OS X Patch

Alessandro Levi Montalcini has released USB Overdrive 1.3.7. This release adds one new feature and fixes a startup problem in the Classic environment under Mac OS X, as USB Overdrive does not yet work in OS Xis Classic environment. According to Alessandro Levi Montalcini:

New in version 1.3.7

  • Added visual cursor feedback when Auto Scroll is active.
  • Fixed a conflict with the Classic environment under Mac OS X (the USB Overdrive does not yet work under Mac OS X and the Classic environment, but you no longer have to remove it to boot into Classic).

The USB Overdrive is a universal USB driver that handles all USB mice, trackballs, joysticks and gamepads from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on an application-specific basis. It reads all kinds of wheels, buttons, switches and controls and supports scrolling, keyboard emulation, launching and complex macros as well as all the usual stuff like clicking, control-clicking and so forth. The USB Overdrive can easily handle several USB devices at once- I have two mice, one trackball, two joysticks and one gamepad connected to the same iMac, and each of them comes from a different manufacturer.

Because each control in each device can be fully configured, the USB Overdrive lets you use any joystick or gamepad with any game, including the ones that donit support Appleis InputSprockets. You can map your joystick movements and buttons to the keyboard and mouse to make the game believe youire playing on the keyboard, and you can do this mapping separately for each game so that itis immediately available as soon as the game is launched.

For games that already use InputSprockets, the USB Overdrive quietly gives control to the device-specific configuration panels provided by the manufacturer, or to the generic ones provided by Apple with Mac OS 9 or the latest Game Sprockets.

The Control Panel includes an active help feature that explains each command and option as you move the cursor around.

The USB Overdrive is distributed as shareware and costs US$20 and you can find more information about it at Alessandro Levi Montalciniis Web site.