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    Hi All,
    I am new to these forums and relatively new to CAD. I was wondering what the best mouse or trackball is (in your opinions) for using CAD. I am using a bog standard USB mouse at the moment with a wheel between the to buttons. Its getting to be a bit of a pain having to move it around (with the limited size of my desk and the poxy mousemat.)

    Also does anyone own a copy of AutoCAD 2008 for Dummies? I want a book which will explain things in basic terms and also help me through my CAD HNC which i will be doing via distance learning (Sep 08 ). Any suggestions?

    Looking forward to your responses!
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    lol september 2008 i mean....

    With regards to the book - i am quite advanced for my level of experience but have managed so far to learn by myself - having had no training or support from my 'line manager' a snotty, big headed 23 year old guy. Therefore i am not so clued up so far as terminology and therefore I need the book to cover quite complex stuff but in a simple way!

    Cheers!

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    Do a bit of searching on this forum about mice and trackballs - there are numerous threads about what people use. For me, as long as I have a scroll-wheel I'm happy.

    And do you want to buy someones copy of AutoCAD 2008 for Dummies? That didn't really come through in your post imo.

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    scroll wheel as well, just your standard USB mouse is what I use.
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    appologies - i dont wish to buy someones copy - i am after an opinion on a good book considering what i want from it.
    also will do a search on mouses and trackballs - sorry new and didnt realise!

    I am happy with the scroll wheel to - thats a must, just have limited space on my desk and so something stationary may be better.

    Cheers!

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    AH WELL, (damn caps....hate editing old drawings ) do a search on books as well (and check the FAQ ), a lot should pop up
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADken View Post
    Scroll wheel as well, just your standard USB mouse is what I use.
    Scroll wheel is a must have.

    I do prefer the wireless mouse but, keep spare batteries handy. You never know when you'll notified on screen, "Low batteries detected."
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    I'll tell you the same thing I tell every one on this subject. A track ball is hard to get used to. It feels very odd, but once you get used to it you will never want to use a mouse again. So far, I have converted 3 out of 4 people that now only use a track ball.
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    I brought my old gaming mouse from home about a year ago, and it has worked out great. Also use an oversized mousepad, great combo. Mouse is an MX518 Logitech. The extra buttons are keyed to snap and ortho (can key to whatever you want, click them with your thumb), and along with a good pgp setup (most used keys on same side of keyboard), and you can get some pretty good speed when doing production type work.

    Plus the shape of the mouse makes it easier on you wrist when putting in long hours. I would suggest it, or something like it. An ergonomic mouse with extra side buttons .

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