What happens when you move your mouse or drag your fingers across the trackpad on your Mac? The mouse pointer (also known as the cursor) moves across the screen in more-or-less the same speed as your hand or fingers.
That’s what’s supposed to happen, right? Apparently, we’ve been doing it all wrong all these years.
CursorSense is a Mac app that adjusts both the cursor speed and acceleration (also known as the tracking speed). As you move your hand or fingers, the cursor moves on screen in an accelerated manner.
Why do you need this?
Having more precise control over the tracking speed makes it easier to move the cursor/pointer to a specific spot on the screen with less finger or wrist movement.
CursorSense controls give you fine tuning that the Mac’s System Preferences don’t have.
If you’ve never adjusted the Mac’s System Preferences for mouse or trackpad and you’re completely happy with the default settings, using CursorSense will surprise you, but any changes may require some getting used to.
Select your Mac from the pop down menu, then adjust settings to match your requirements. You can even save and lock in specific settings as favorites. That also means you can set acceleration and speed for each device connected to your mouse (trackpad vs. mouse, for example).
Without getting into the whole debate of speed vs. acceleration debate (Windows vs. Mac, RISC vs. CISC, etc.), suffice it to say that any fine tuning app like CursorSense is an acquired taste, though acceleration can be particularly useful in a multiple display setting, or when using a Mac with a very large screen.
To get an idea of other mouse and trackpad control options, check out 8 Alternatives To Lion’s Mouse And Trackpad Blues. A few years old but still informative is Alexis Kayhill’s Top 10 List Of The Best New Mac Mouse And Trackpad Utilities.