Buy now | Download (1.5 MB) v4.0 beta 13 for Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.10.0 or newer. Free trial, $14 single user license.
10/24 Smart Scroll 4.0 beta 13: another fix for running on pre-10.9, and no longer getting update notices from previous versions. Users who need features not yet available in v4 may use Smart Scroll 3.9.18
Smart Scroll 4.0 is a free upgrade for users who have already upgraded to 3.9. If you didn't upgrade to 3.9, you can upgrade to 4.0 instead, for the same $7.
Smart Scroll makes scrolling smoother, faster and more comfortable:
- Scroll Wheel+ & Multi-Touch+: smoother, more comfortable and/or faster 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!
- Grab Scroll: the best way to scroll with a graphics tablet or regular mouse!
- Scroll Keys: scroll from the keyboard with the same keys in all applications.
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.
Scroll Wheel+ 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.
To show the zones where Hover Scroll responds, hold the option/alt key and move the cursor. You can drag these zones to position them in each application.
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.
These settings can be customized for each application.
Read more comfortably, hands-free! The page scrolls automatically.
Tap the option key then sit back and relax while the page under your cursor 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 Exposé.
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 Command again (while still holding down 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.
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. Thanks to Apple for Mac OS X.
Toolbar icons by Eugen Buzuk and Roman Gordeyev (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Most Requested Changes
- Scroll Keys, to be able to scroll from the keyboard.
- More triggers for Grab Scroll (secondary button).
- Scrolling should not transfer to another area when cursor is moved.
- The goal is to make everything work the way it should, but the security limitations in OS X since 10.7 make this difficult so some features of version 3 may not be back for a while.
Version 4.0 beta 13 - October 24, 2014
- New: per user request, now a System Preference pane again, easier to find, no longer takes up space in the Dock or Menu Bar.
- Fix: additional fix for running on OS X 10.6, 7 and 8 (Thanks to everyone who reported this!)
- Fix: closes any previous versions found to be running (Sorry for the confusion!)
Marc Moini 2014