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uziq
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there are so many factors and coefficients, here, to how 'accurate' your mouse feels and performs.

drivers, windows-level hardware acceleration ('enhanced mouse pointer accuracy' in control panel, etc), refresh/polling rate between your pointing device and USB hub, the type of mouse sensor you use and the type of surface you use with it, the lift-off distance, etc. to say nothing of program-specific zoom levels, magnification, mouse enhancement/acceleration, etc. even the PPI/definition and refresh rate of your monitor and viewing device have an effect; a mouse feels significantly smoother on a 120Hz screen than a 60Hz one.

i use a mouse on its very lowest DPI, 400DPI, and have low sensitivity on my windows. that means i have to effectively drag the mouse around a lot to get from one side of the screen to the other. but it 'feels' incredibly granular, and accurate. if i set it to its highest DPI, 3200DPI, it would skate across my screen in 3cm of hand motion. so there's really more to 'accuracy' than DPI. DPI just gets talked about a lot for marketing reasons, and because big numbers look better, i guess.

it sounds like your mouse sensor just isn't working very well. maybe it's old, has gunk in it, has been scratched or marked by dust, etc. i cannot think of a scenario in which even my 400 DPI mouse wouldn't be able to select things accurately.

Last edited by uziq (2020-07-05 03:22:22)

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Are you selecting individual pixels?

I just wondered if there was some setting like there was on digital radio knobs in which the sensitivity was velocity sensitive.

I do need to whizz around the full screen, then slow down and pick an individual pixel.
zooming doesn't help because they're infinitely thin.

For example:
https://i.imgur.com/u8xflxF.jpg
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uziq
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why would you ever need to select an individual pixel? doesn't the application just, er, have a zoom function?

if you want on-the-fly changes to sensitivity, then yeah, get a mouse with adjustable DPI. some have buttons on the bottom, some have them near the scroll wheel. that or set-up a macro to change your actual program- or windows-level sensitivity using a button.
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Like I said, the lines are infinitely thin, and sometimes I do need to hit an individual pixel and avoid the surfaces all around.
This is a bad example but gives the idea. See the little dot? At least I have a nice graphics card for this.

https://i.imgur.com/N5GTBQL.png

There are sensitivity settings in the software, I just wondered if there was a velocity sensitive setting available for a mouse.
A button would do.

Last edited by Dilbert_X (2020-07-05 04:07:15)

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uziq
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macro viability depends on the software or mouse driver/model you’re using. there should definitely be some solutions. i know that logitech used setpoint software for this. there is probably a way to just macro or shortcut the windows-level sensitivity itself.

as an aside have you tried toggling the windows pointer accuracy options? i believe that uses acceleration of some sort to ‘intelligently’ scale the sensitivity of your mouse, depending on whether you’re making large or minute movements.

you should also look into drawing tablets as an interface rather than a mouse. they are very good. the designers at my publishing house use them.
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