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Stroke It

Mark Edwards

Every so often you see a poece of software that can really make a difference to the way we interface with computers. Here is one that I found recently.

StrokeIt software uses movements of your mouse to execute commands in any piece of software. Best of all, this software is free.

Here are a few details to whet your appetite from the website: www.tcbmi.com/strokeit/

# What is StrokeIt?

StrokeIt is an advanced mouse gesture recognition engine and command processor. What is a mouse gesture? Mouse gestures are simple symbols that you "draw" on your screen using your mouse. When you perform a mouse gesture that StrokeIt can recognize, it will perform the "action" associated with that gesture. In short, it's a nifty little program that lets you easily control programs by drawing symbols with your mouse.

# What can it do?

StrokeIt can currently recognize more than 80 unique mouse gestures and can be easily trained to recognize many more. For each gesture recognized, StrokeIt can execute a user-defined set of commands within the active application. StrokeIt commands are defined within plugin libraries that can be easily created by third parties to do nearly anything.

# How do I perform a gesture?

Click and hold down the right mouse button and then draw the mouse gesture you want performed. You can temporarily disable StrokeIt by holding down the Control key, or right clicking on the StrokeIt icon in the system tray. If you want to cancel a mouse gesture while drawing it, simply left click.

# What mouse gestures does StrokeIt come pretrained to recognize?

StrokeIt can currently recognized more than 80 unique mouse gestures. See the full list for a comprehensive list of predefined mouse gestures and drawing instructions.

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