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About mouse locator

The locator is a momentary or permanent visual effect which emphasis on mouse position. It is a two-colored ring around the mouse cursor.
  • The momentary locator is active up to few seconds. It can be animated or static.
  • The permanent locator is only static.
  • The animated locator is a shrinking ring. The shrinking speed and the repetition can be set in preferences panel.
  • The static locator is a steady ring and will not change its size. The display period can be set in preferences panel.
The locator can be activated by a number of events: shortcut combination, pressing a single modifier key, mouse gesture, etc.
The locator is fully customizable: ring's colors, transparency, diameter and thickness; animation's speed and repetition; activation events; hotkey combination - they all can be adjusted.
Naturally the locator supports multiple users, screens and desktops.

Customizing the locator

Open the locator center.
Restore defaults
Pressing this button will reset the locator ring to its default view.
Locator Ring
Outer diameter
The outer diameter of the locator ring when it is expanded at maximum. Default value is 7.
(the value is a percent of the smaller side of the 1st display, i.e. the height).
Ring thickness
The thickness of the ring. Default value is 7.
(the value is per mille ‰ of the height of the 1st display).
Animated ring
This is the shrinking ring around the mouse.
Animation speed
Determines how many times animation cycles are possible for one second. Default value is 7.
Animation repeat
States how many animation cycles to be performed actually. Default value is 1.
Static ring
Display time
Determines how long the locator will be visible. Default value is infinity.
Note: to set the infinity duration just move the slider to its leftmost position.
Fade out in
After Display time elapses the locator will fade out for specified period. Default value is 0.3 s.
Outer and Inner colors
The locator ring consists of two concentric subrings. The colors are selectable via standard Color Panel. The opacity value is also available.
Swap button
Swap inner and outer colors.
Samples button
Opens a panel with some predefined color samples.
Show locator
Activates the real locator. It's just for convenience.

Locator activation

Open the preferences panel and select the Locator activation view.
Restore defaults
Pressing this button will reset the activation settings.
Activation with hotkey:
Hotkey
Hotkey combination to toggle the mouse locator. Default value is ⌃⌥⌘ Space.
This hotkey can be changed or disabled.
Activation with modifier key only:
Modifier key only
Show the locator by pressing one of the modifier keys:
    Shift, Function, Control, Option or Command.
Default key is Control.
This hotkey can be disabled.
Number taps
How many times to press the key to display the locator.
Possible values: Single, Double, Triple.
Default value is Single.
Note
All key taps should happen in a period of 1 second.
Activation with mouse or trackpad gesture:
Wave mouse
The mouse locator can be activated via mouse or trackpad gesture - waving horizontally or vertically.
This option can be turned off.
Default value is Horizontally.
Number waves
How many times have to wave the mouse to display the locator.
Possible values: 1 to 6.
Default value is 4.
Note
The gesture should happen in a period of 1 second.
Activation on mouse move:
When mouse is crossing between screens
When selected, the locator will be activated when the mouse moves from one screen to another.
Default value is on.
On mouse move after inactivity period of
When selected, the locator will be activated on first mouse move, if the inactivity period is greater than the selected value.
Default value is 1 minute.
Deactivation:
Hide locator when mouse pointer is invisible
The locator will hide when the mouse pointer becomes invisible.
Default value is on.
When the mouse pointer becomes visible again:
  • The permanent locator will appear.
  • The momentary locator may appear depending on its animation period.
Auto disable locator on single screen system
The locator module will be disabled on computers with one screen. So the app will minimize the CPU load and will free related system resources.
Default value is off.
Note: The locator will be enabled or disabled at the moment the second screen is attached or detached. So after this moment it can be still disabled or enabled manually.
Close locator on mouse click (there is no checkbox to turn off this feature)
The momentary locator will hide on mouse click.
The permanent locator doesn't respect mouse click.
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