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

Tim Waters chippy2005 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 10:00:40 UTC 2016

I use a trusty Microsoft Intellimouse (although I do not customise the
buttons), but I'm really replying to an observation about a helpful
tip for mapping parties and workshops.

When putting on a mapping party / workshop where people bring their
own laptops, bring a bag of mice for participants to use! The Missing
Maps  / OSM London do this and it seems as if all of them get used.

(I also find it funny, how, several years ago at mapping parties we
used to pass around a bag of GPS units to map, now it's a bag of

Back on topic, I'd be curious to hear if the assorted map teams in
companies like Mapbox etc use any specific hardware to point and map
and increase productivity...



On 13 July 2016 at 07:34, Oleksiy Muzalyev <oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch> wrote:
> 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,
> Oleksiy
> 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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