WarMouse Meta Reviewgotdamojo06 - August 24, 2010
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When you open up the WarMouse Meta Modeware application, you are going to get the "basic" screen. On this screen, you are going to change your basic settings for all of the different games and applications that the WarMouse Meta has support for. A few examples are Age of Empires, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty MW2, Dreamweaver 8, Google Chrome, Photoshop, OpenOffice Suite, and Firefox. On the first screen, all you are going to need to do is select the application or game that you wish to change the settings for in the list, highlight it and you now have the application selected and ready to edit. You can change the Double-Click speed, Pointer Speed, Scroll Wheel, and CPI Resolution. The scroll wheel speed can be changed from anywhere between 1 line and 100 lines, while the CPI Resolution can be changed anywhere from 100 to 5600 dpi. You can set the joystick to either be active or inactive, when it is active you are going to have a few different options to choose from, you can set it as 8 directional keys, 4 assignable buttons, 8 assignable buttons, 7 joystick buttons with an analogy joystick, or strictly as an analogy joystick. You can set the Autoswitch file path for where the application is installed at so the software can load the proper application settings.
When you get into the "Advanced" screen, you are going to be able to adjust the functions of every single button that you have on the mouse. On this screen, all you need to do is use the arrow keys at the top of the screen to select the application or game that you want to change the button's actions for. Once you have the application/game selected, you are going to need to click either the function from the list that you wish to program or you can even select the button from the image to the right of the list and it will find the function it already has programed to it and highlight it in the list.
There are also different ways that you can program functions to the keys on the WarMouse Meta mouse, you can click the Add Function button, this will give you a pop up that you can add a name to the Function. Once you have a name for the function, you then need to select the mode; either a Keypress, Key, Macro, or Special Button. If you click the special button, you are going to be able to select from a list what you want to have the function do, such as display the Mode Map, CPI low, CPI high, CPI default, back button click, etc. You can also record a keystroke on your keyboard and save it as a macro or a single key press. You can also edit an existing function by clicking the edit function button, when you do this you will get the exact same pop up. The Mode Map is a nice feature that WarMouse has added with their software, this is going to allow you to have a full screen visual overlay of all of the buttons on the mouse and what their functions are.
Some more of the helpful functions in the advanced menu are going to be your Mode Statistics pop up, this is where you are going to be able to analyze the amount of times the buttons are pressed and what functions were carried out with those button presses, this can be helpful when you are attempting to program all of the buttons and figure out if you use the function often or not and help you decide which function to replace if you want to add a new one. There is also a list of Macro Functions, that way you will know what different keys/actions you can program using the Modeware Macro editor, and what different modifier buttons are supported. There is also a Click Statistics tool that you can use to figure out how many mouse clicks you have used and how often a certain button has been pressed. There is also an option to display what firmware revision you have installed on the mouse so you know if you will need to do an update on the firmware or not once new revisions are released.
Now that we have the mouse configured and we know our way around the software, it's now time to take a look at the specifications and features the WarMouse Meta has to offer.