Useful tools for Windows users

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Useful tools for Windows users
  • Here are 2 little programs that I found very useful when working with Ohm Studio on Windows.

    First one is called KatMouse.
    http://ehiti.de/katmouse/
    It has several functionalities but I only use this one:
    moving the mouse wheel will scroll the window directly beneath the mouse
    cursor (not the one with the keyboard focus, which is default on
    Windows OSes)

    This is a nice thing to have in Ohm Studio when you have opened a VST Plugin window and still want to use the mouse-wheel to scroll the sequencing panel or the mixer.



    The other one is actually a script (a text file) which you can edit and fine tune to your liking.
    Here is the link.
    To run this script or to edit it, you'll need to install (and learn how to use) an open source software called AutoHotKey
    http://www.autohotkey.com/

    If you don't want to edit the script and don't want to install AutoHotKey, you can simply download and run this file (which is simply the same script but "compiled" into an executable).

    What does the script do?
    • Enables "accelerated scrolling" with your mouse wheel (which makes it much easier to navigate in Ohm Studio).
      For example, open an Ohm Studio project, place your mouse cursor over the Timeline, then use the mouse wheel to zoom in/out, and see the difference!
      • Warning 1: if you have installed a custom mouse drivers for your mouse model (e.g. Logitech SetPoint Drivers), it may already provide such kind of acceleration.
      • Warning 2: some softwares like Firefox already have built-in support for accelerated scrolling so you may want to disable the script when you're not using Ohm Studio

    • Transforms your middle mouse button into a "duplicating tool".
      For example, open an Ohm Studio project, place your mouse cursor over a Pattern, then drag'n'drop the Pattern elsewhere using the middle mouse button (instead of the left mouse button).

    • If you have a 5 button mouse (and if you don't, you really should get one!)
      • Transforms your mouse button 4 into a horizontal scrolling tool.
        For example, open an Ohm Studio project, place your mouse cursor over the Sequencing Panel, press & hold down mouse button 4, then use your mouse wheel to scroll horizontally.
      • Transforms your mouse button 5 into the secondary tool.
        For example, open an Ohm Studio project, place your mouse cursor over an empty MIDI Track, press & hold down mouse button 5, then left-click to create a new MIDI Pattern.

    Actually it can do a lot more than that:

    • mouse button 5 <=> [Ctrl]
    • mouse button 4 <=> [Shift]
    • middle mouse button => [Alt] + Left Click

    Please refer to the list of keyboard shortcut to see what other combination this little utility allows.


    :)
  • According to Red_force, every modern Mouse Driver already has that kind of options so you probably won't need any of these unless your mouse doesn't have customizable drivers.

    Anyway you can disable it at any time thanks to the icons in your windows taskbar.

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