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About mouse locator

The locator is a momentary or permanent visual effect that emphasis on mouse position. It is a two-colored ring around the mouse cursor.
  • The momentary locator is active for up to a 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 expanded at maximum. Default value is 7.
(the value is a percent of the smaller side of the 1st display, mostly 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).
Outer and Inner colors
The locator ring consists of two concentric subrings. The colors are selectable via a 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.
Permanent ring
The permanent locator is a static ring only.
The momentary locator may appear only when the permanent one is not visible.
Animated ring
This is a shrinking ring around the mouse.
Animation speed
Determines how many times animation cycles are possible for one second. Default value is 4.
Animation repeat
States how many animation cycles are to be performed actually. Default value is 1.
Static momentary ring
Display time
Determines how long the locator will be visible. Default value is 0.5 sec.
Show locator
This button 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, Control, Option, Command or Function.
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.
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: 2, 4 or 6.
Default value is 4.
The gesture should happen in a period of 1 second.
Activation on mouse move:
When mouse crosses between screens
The locator will be activated when the mouse moves from one screen to another.
Default value is on.
When mouse hits screen borders
The locator will be activated when the mouse hits screen borders.
Default value is off.
On mouse move after inactivity period of
The locator will be activated on the first mouse move if the inactivity period is greater than the selected value.
Default value is 1 minute.
Mouse move will activate a momentary locator only when the permanent one is not visible.
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.
The locator will be enabled or disabled at the moment the second screen is attached or detached. So after this moment, it can still be disabled or enabled manually.
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