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3/17 Smart Scroll 3.9.8 adds support for OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3
Smart Scroll 3.9 is a $7 upgrade, due to the exceptional work required since Lion. It is offered free to users who have purchased Smart Scroll since Sep 2010, and to registered users running Snow Leopard and earlier.
Smart Scroll makes scrolling smoother, faster and more comfortable:
- Super Scroll: smoother, more comfortable scrolling for your trackpad or mouse. Try it!
- Hover Scroll: just hover the cursor near the top or bottom of a window and relax, no need to keep scrolling!
- Auto Scroll: read more comfortably with automatic, hands-free scrolling! For Safari Reader, Skim, Preview and Quick Look.
- Grab Scroll: the best way to scroll with a graphics tablet or regular mouse!
Improves even the latest trackpads and mice! Other features include independent reversal of trackpad and mouse, Universal Scroll Keys to scroll from the keyboard, trackpad and scroll wheel acceleration, and more.
Amazingly smoother scrolling, much easier for reading than the built-in scrolling.
- Free-flowing, smoother scrolling that is more comfortable for reading, because it makes it easier to follow the page.
- Coasting - uses the momentum of the moving page to let you zip through large documents faster and with less effort, as on the iPhone.
You can reverse scrolling on the Mac to match your iPhone. Says John Brooks, who suggested this: "It seems weird for about 5 seconds, then it seems like it should have been that way"!
Super Scroll works with trackpads, Magic Mouse, and any scroll wheel mouse that Apple's Mouse preference pane can see, with separate settings for trackpad and scroll wheel. This is how scrolling should be, try it and you won't want to go back!
Simply point the cursor to the top or bottom edge of a scrolling pane to scroll. Move closer to the edge to scroll faster.
Use the Left/Right arrow keys to adjust speed on the fly. Scroll back with the Up arrow key, and use the Down arrow key to skip forward.
If needed, click or hit any key to stop scrolling while the cursor is in the hover zone near the edge. To scroll again, move the cursor out of the zone and back in again.
You can choose how far from the edge scrolling occurs, and you can set the highest speed to scroll at, when the cursor is closest to the edge. Horizontal scrolling via the left and right edges is also available, with its own independent speed and hover zone size.
These settings can be customized for each application. Carbon and Java applications are not supported.
Read more comfortably, hands-free! The page scrolls automatically. Auto Scroll is available in Safari Reader, Quick Look, Preview and Skim.
Tap the option key, then sit back and relax while your page scrolls automatically to keep up with your reading. If you need to adjust the speed, or scroll back up, or skip forward, use the arrow keys as with Hover Scroll (see above), or you can also move the cursor up/down.
Graphics tablet and mouse users, Grab Scroll lets you move window contents in a manner similar to the hand tool feature common in graphics programs, except:
- Grab Scroll works everywhere, in almost every window.
- With iPhone-like coasting, scrolling through multiple pages becomes as easy as grabbing the document and gently "throwing" it in the direction you want.
Grab Scroll works with any kind of mouse, pen & tablet, trackpad, trackball... With a 2-button mouse, set it to use the secondary button and you can then click-and-drag to Grab Scroll, or click without moving the mouse to get the usual "right-click" menu.
With 3 buttons, you can click-and-drag with the middle button to Grab Scroll, or click to open links in a new tab or to perform any other action that does not involve dragging--not Dashboard or ExposÃ©.
With a single button mouse, there are two ways to activate Grab Scroll: use a key combination (release to stop), or click and hold the button without moving the cursor until it changes to a hand, and then click and drag to scroll (click or hit any key to stop).
Universal Scroll Keys
Scroll Keys let you scroll from the keyboard in all applications, with only one set of keys. This gives you consistent, dependable scrolling everywhere, without having to remember which application uses which keys and without having to reach for the mouse.
Scroll Keys use a kind of keyboard shortcut which doesn't involve hitting letter keys, thus avoiding conflicts with existing key combinations. You hold one of these keys and tap one of the others:
Here's how to scroll down :
Hold down the key, then tap the key once.
To scroll another line, just tap â Command again (while still holding down â Control ). After scrolling once, you can keep both keys down to keep scrolling. If a window has two or more scrollable panes, it is the one under the mouse pointer that scrolls.
Because these keys are conveniently located in the corner of the keyboard (both corner on some keyboards), you can scroll without even having to look at the keys.
You can choose your own preferred combinations of these keys, and have them displayed in a corner of the screen as a reminder. Scroll Keys also feature an adjustable scrolling speed, with optional progressive acceleration, so that you can easily scroll multiple pages simply by holding down a key.
Trackpad and scroll wheel Acceleration: super-fast scrolling when you hold down a user-selectable key.
Sync scrolling to display: this setting helps suppress any "ripples" which might be visible during scrolling. Select the best value for your display, typically around +4 for most displays which require tweaking.
Smart Scroll brings scroll wheel support and live scrolling to FileMaker Pro 6 and 7 and AppleWorks 6 (the latest versions of these applications now include scroll wheel support).
Compatibility mode for Wacom wheel, Space Navigator... : prevents Smart Scroll from interpreting input generated by devices which are best handled through their own software.
A single user license costs $14 and is valid for one person using any number of computers. Five and ten users licenses are also available, as well as family licenses (valid for all members of one household on their own computers). Buy now
Thanks to Eden Sherry for permission to name the Grab Scroll feature after the popular Scrollability feature. Thanks to Eden Sherry again, and to Catchy Software's Tobias Peciva (of MaxiMice fame) for permission to include the Hover Scroll feature in Smart Scroll. And thanks to Apple for Mac OS X! Smart Scroll uses Unsanity's APE Lite (no longer since Mac OS X 10.6), Copyright Â© 2001-2008, Unsanity LLC; Mach_*, Copyright (c) 2003-2005 Jonathan 'Wolf' Rentzsch; Blackhole Media's URLTextView, Copyright Â© 2002 AAron Sittig ; and the IconFamily class by Troy Stephens, Thomas Schnitzer, David Remahl, Nathan Day and Ben Haller.
Toolbar icons by Eugen Buzuk and Roman Gordeyev (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Top Troubleshooting Tips
- No effect in Safari 5.1 or 6: Make sure the Smart Scroll Safari extension is installed and enabled (re-install with Smart Scroll Installer if needed).
- Firefox scrolling "sticky": turn off Firefox's Smooth Scrolling preference, under Advanced : General.
- Magic Mouse: turn off Momentum scrolling (Thanks, Mike Davidson!)
Version 3.9.8 - March 17, 2013
- Support for OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3
- Various fixes and improvements.
© Marc Moini 2013