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3Dconnexion has announced 3DxWare 10, a driver platform that extends the usage of 3D mice to any application from Microsoft Office to internet browsers and media players to games.

3Dconnexion 3D mice are suited for engineering and design professionals working in sophisticated 3D environments.

Now, with 3DxWare 10, 3Dconnexion 3D mice can also handle everyday applications with ease.

Beta versions of 3DxWare 10 for PC and Mac can be downloaded.

Previously, only users of specialist 3D applications benefited from the intuitive, six degrees-of-freedom 3D navigation delivered by a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse.

Now, the simple 3DxWare 10 interface allows users to assign keyboard strokes and traditional mouse or joystick movements in any combination to the 3D mouse.

Tilt the controller cap to scroll a web page, twist the cap to adjust the volume in Itunes, or use all six axes to pilot a helicopter in Battlefield Bad Company 2.

The choice of application and assignment of the six axes and up to 31 function keys (depending on the 3D mouse model) is entirely up to the user.

The company claims that the 3DxWare 10 offers limitless possibilities for incorporating 3D mice into everyday use, including documents and browsers.

3D mice now offer an alternative to traditional mouse wheel navigation in documents, spreadsheets and web pages.

Users should gently tilt the 3D mouse cap to scroll the view up or down or twist the cap to zoom in and out.

Most PC gamers rely on a combination of a traditional mouse and keyboard to control their character or camera view but with 3DxWare 10, a 3D mouse can be used to deliver intuitive and comfortable control in games such as The Sims 3.

It’s also possible for the 3D mouse to emulate a joystick or gamepad for a rich 3D experience in games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Wings of Prey and Need for Speed.

Controlling the volume, track selection or position is typically handled by the traditional mouse and keyboard shortcuts.

With a 3D mouse, users can twist the cap to adjust the volume, tilt the cap sideways to fast forward and rewind, and tilt the cap forward or backward to move between tracks in a playlist.

If the user prefers other controls, they can easily customise the 3D mouse to best suit their needs.

3DxWare 10 also provides a new feature for professional users by allowing multiple 3D mice to be used on one workstation.

This development enables easier viewing of 3D models in group design reviews or client presentations.

The 3DxWare 10 beta platform for PC and Mac is available for download and is compatible with 3Dconnexion’s current line of 3D mice, including the Spacepilot PRO (MSRP GBP299), Spaceexplorer (MSRP GBP199), Spacenavigator (MSRP GBP99) and Spacenavigator for Notebooks (MSRP GBP99).

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