Please forgive me for I am very new to the world of 3D mice, and I hope I am not polluting the forum by asking a question that has been asked 100 times. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a very succinct answer to the general, far reaching question I am about to pose, so I thought this would be an appropriate place to ask it.....
I have read quite a bit on the use and application of these 3D mice, and think I understand the basics, but am still trying to get my bearings. I use Navisworks at work on a regular basis, and can't stand the navigation using a regular mouse, so I have pursued a 3D Connexion "mouse" recently.
One of the selling points was the new 3DxWare 10 drivers that would integrate some standard 2D mousing technology. Since I've experienced a bit of repetitive strain having been using a computer heavily for 10+ years now, this was a promising new feature that I thought might finally bring the 3D mouse to a point where I could use it for almost all of my mousing needs.
Of course, I made the decision to purchase the newest model, SpaceMouse Pro, thinking support for the 3DxWare drivers would soon come. Unfortunately, it has not yet arrived and I am struggling to justify my continued optimism that this may be a beneficial device for me.
I understand that historically the 3D mouse has been limited/restricted to being used in conjunction with a standard mouse, but is my understanding still valid? With the further development of the 3DxWare 10 software allow users to more or less abandon their standard mice if they so desire? Or is this assumption (hope really) wrong?
I'd love to be able to use my 3D mouse exclusively and switch between 3D applications and standard applications (i.e. Excel, which I use all day throughout the day, and navigating the full gamut of programs such as Outlook, Word, even down to iTunes and my web browser etc.).
Should I stop hoping this day will come, or is there hope that in the near future I may actually be able to do this with my 3D mouse?
Again, I'm sorry for my naivete, and I truly appreciate anyone who takes the time to thoughtfully and honestly respond. Thanks everyone!