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Have y'all upgraded your 3D-flycam controllers yet?

Was just wondering if y'all have tried out the Pro-level of SpaceNavigator yet and if all those doohickeys and buttons can be set to useful Machinima/Editing functions.

-ls/cm

Had a look at the SpacePilot Pro and SpaceExplorer, but all those wacky buttons scared me. Even though I bet they are easier on my aging wrist. But still pretty happy with the good ol' blue-light special - plus it's a smaller footprint on the desk.

One thing I should add. I bet we have put 3000 hours in on some of our SpaceNavs. Easy. They work like the day we bought them, and we got them before there were even any drivers, so I think we've been using them for over 2 years now. Non stop! What an amazing little product.

I wonder what that little twisty-rubbery thing is inside that holds up so well for such a long time!

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I dunno, but I'm on my second one.

The first got ruined by spilling diet coke in it.

-ls/cm

I'm a happy non-pro user. I love this little thing. Crap, you really made a difference in how I experience SL when this little thing was delivered.

The pro one may be great though does anyone know what those extra buttons DO? Do they allow you to keep focus on another object rather than jumping back to your avatar? that's the only area where some improvement would be nice. I'd like to follow a car and pan around it with the space navigator without jumping back to my avatar.

Before there were "real" drivers for the SpaceNav (pre Logitech days), we were using these bootleg drivers developed by some wacky European dude. They were great! I was amazed at the ability to redefine the buttons and make it do what you want. In many ways it offered us all kinds of features that the built-in drivers don't.

But, the built-in drivers are easier, and now that SL recognizes the SpaceNav, it is just not worth the hassle of using the other drivers.

I miss being able to program the buttons, though.