[OSM-talk] What pointing device you use for mapping?

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Wed Jul 13 06:34:24 UTC 2016

I also noticed that often moderately priced items are more reliable than 
high-end expensive ones. Probably because they are more widespread, and 
consequently deficiencies in design are noticed, reported, and corrected 
faster. The Nexus Silent Mouse costs about 20 USD. I got so accustomed 
to a soundless mouse that I cannot use normal mice anymore, and not only 
for mapping, each click sounds to me as a gunshot. That is why I keep a 
spare one ready. But I work sometimes in a library where it is very quiet.

I also received an e-mail where it is written that a graphics tablet is 
being used for mapping by a correspondent's acquaintance; that a 
graphics tablet is really precise, helps to map quicker, and that it is 
so convenient that it is impossible to map without it. And that a 
graphics tablet must be with a zoom control.

If such a graphics tablet increases productivity by say twenty or even 
ten percent, then it makes sense to invest in it. Because our working 
time costs much more in the long run. It would be interesting to hear 
from someone who has got firsthand experience of using a specific model 
of a graphics tablet for mapping.

Best regards,

On 12/07/16 22:10, Andreas Vilén wrote:
> Nothing fancy. Heavy osming has a tendency to break mice so I only use cheap stuff.
> Once I bought a fancy one but the precision was so bad I had to change back to the standard Ms mouse...
> /Andreas
> Skickat från min iPhone
>> 12 juli 2016 kl. 10:18 skrev Oleksiy Muzalyev <oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch>:
>> I use Nexus Silent Mouse SM-8500B [1]. This mouse does not produce a "click" sound, though there is a tactile click. This type of soundless mouse makes a difference while working in an OSM editor. I like SM-8500B. I own three of them, including a spare one. It works fine on Mac and W10.
>> There are numerous innovative pointing devices available nowadays, - graphics tablets, vertical mice, pencil mouse, etc. If you have a positive experience employing an innovative pointing device design for mapping, please, let me know.
>> [1] https://nexustek.us/mice/sm-8500
>> Best regards,
>> Oleksiy
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