Does your Mac have a mouse? Mine does. Even when I use my MacBook while traveling, I take a Magic Mouse with me. A mouse is more precise than using fingers on a trackpad. The majority of Apple’s Macs are sold without a mouse, so should we refer to the Mac’s screen pointer as a ‘mouse‘ or simply as a ‘screen pointer?’ I choose the latter because it’s more precise.
That brings me to a favorite Mac mouse utility. It’s called Mouseposé and it’s the perfect utility for displaying the Mac’s mouse or screen pointer on large screens, especially during presentations. When activated Mouseposé dims the screen and puts a spotlight halo around the onscreen pointer which makes it easier to find, and much easier to see and use, and perfect for bringing attention to a click during a presentation.
Here’s a perfect example. With Mouseposé installed, clicking on a button in an app dims the screen a bit, then highlights where the pointer is at the moment.
Does Mouseposé do more than simply dim the screen and highlight the pointer? Yes, but not much more, and that’s the point. Mouseposé is an elegant utility that does not over promise and under deliver.
Not only does the screen dim and the pointer receive a visible halo, but once clicked, the halo gets a red circle or two (optional) to let viewers focus on the click. There’s also an option for keystroke visualization so viewers can see the involved keystrokes.
Options include a Hotkey toggle, deactivation time (a slider), as well as a slider to adjust the halo radius, the halo blur, opacity and color and more.
Lest you think Mouseposé is a one trick pony utility, read on. Mouseposé can handle AppleScript and speech recognition, works with remote control devices, and can even highlight the app window where the pointer halo is pointing to. For any Mac user who does a presentation Mouseposé is one of those must-have utilities. It doesn’t cost much and it does just enough to make it valuable.