SteadyMouse 2 User Manual

Updated July 24th, 2021

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User Community

Link to online reddit forum

At times it is nice to connect with other users and share ideas, bugs, annoyances, likes, dislikes, etc.

The Reddit forum /r/steadymouse has been created as a place for SteadyMouse users to discuss anything they wish regarding the software. The problems it solves, and ones they wish it would solve, criticism, feedback, etc. is all fair game. Please feel welcome to create a new post or join an existing one.

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The hope is we will be able to make a small community and the voting there can be useful in showing how important a topic is to everyone. This way, you can influence the direction the software takes next in cooperation with others in the community. We can refine ideas together.

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Multiple Computers

Your SteadyMouse purchase comes with the freedom to install and activate the software on all of your personal computers for personal use (within reasonable limits). In other words, it's expected that a user with several devices, such as a desktop computer in their study and a laptop in the living room, will install SteadyMouse on each of them. This is perfectly fine, as long as it's for the user the license was intended for.

Activate and run on your personal computers
The one hard limit is that a given product key will successfully activate up to 30 times (for each user on the key) and no more beyond that. This number is chosen to be more than enough for a user to purchase once and be able to install on all their current computers as well as computer replacements in the years ahead. See the EULA for more details if you like.

NOTE: If purchasing for multiple users, you have the option of buying multiple keys or purchasing a single key that has multiple users on it. This can be done via the "quantity" field at checkout.

To install on several computers you will simply need the installer and your product key. One easy way is to access your purchase receipt email on each computer you wish to install on. Then run through the Installation and Activation steps like normal.

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Minimum Requirements

SteadyMouse 2 is optimized and elegant under the hood, so that it will run seamlessly on the majority of computers out there with no issues.

Microsoft Windows Compatible Software
Fully compatible with the following OS versions: User privileges:
Mouse hardware:
Future Support (Not ready yet):

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Compatible Mouse Types

SteadyMouse is designed to transparently work with all common mouse types. Your existing mouse will almost certainly work right out of the box. It is common for laptop users to have both a trackpad and a standard wireless mouse, and both will work fine.

Supported mice:

When experimenting, you can connect multiple mice at once and quickly switch between them. It is also recommended to get an extra large mouse pad, so you have a nice amount of space and do not find the mouse frequently hitting the edge of the pad.

It is recommended to experiment with different mice until you find which you like best. Things like the physical weight, optical vs. laser, wired vs wireless, and mouse pad size all can make a positive difference.

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Purchase

If you have not already bought SteadyMouse, you can do so at the purchase page. Take a glance at the steps below for an overview of what that looks like.

The steps to buy SteadyMouse are as follows:


Tip: Need an invoice for your purchase? Open your purchase receipt email. There is a "Generate" link at the bottom that will make one for you.

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Download

After purchase you should have an email with your SteadyMouse purchase receipt. Open it up and take a look. This email contains everything needed to get up and running. Downloading and installing the setup file is pretty typical. You can see an overview of these steps below.

Video Walkthrough

Written Walkthrough With Screenshots

Alright then, let's download SteadyMouse to your computer so we can get it installed! The steps are as follows:


NOTE: If double-clicking the installer seems to do nothing see the setup troubleshooting page.

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Installation

Once you have downloaded a copy of the SteadyMouse setup file (see the previous section), these steps will help you to install it:

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Product Activation - Simple

Activation is a one time thing, per computer, and requires an internet connection just once.

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Product Activation - Manual

Activation is a one time thing per computer and requires an internet connection just once. Manual Activation is useful if you wish to get SteadyMouse up and running without having the software talk directly to the activation server. Everything happens via your default web browser. To activate manually do the following:


Need to activate without an internet connection? It's a little bit more work. Visit here for instructions.

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Alternate Download Method

For most users, clicking the View Content button in their purchase receipt email will be enough to get a copy of the software. For cases where this is not ideal, or not working, there is an alternate download method provided. You will need your Product Key.

Follow these steps:

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Checking for Updates

SteadyMouse contains an easy way to check for new updates. Access to new versions is built right into the application, so all it takes is a few clicks.

Video Walkthrough

Written Walkthrough With Screenshots

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Language Selection

SteadyMouse 2 comes with language support for English, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.


Interested in contributing a translation in your local language? Visit the Translation Instructions page for details.

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First Time Running

The first time you run SteadyMouse it will take you through the welcome sequence (one time only).

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General Configuration

The main settings window in SteadyMouse has all the adjustments you need in one easy to reach place.

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System Tray

When SteadyMouse is running it is accessible via a system tray icon in the lower right corner of the Start Bar. On newer versions of Windows it is hidden behind a carat symbol. If so, click that first.

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Opening Settings

After SteadyMouse is already running, just double click the desktop icon to open the settings window.

SteadyMouse app desktop icon
Additionally, you can open settings by holding down the system "Toggle Key", described in the next section, for several seconds.

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System Toggle Key (On / Off)

All of the features of SteadyMouse can be switched on or off together using a special system-wide "Toggle Key". This hotkey is especially useful when you want to quickly turn filtering off or back on without opening up the configuration window.

Toggling Between On and Off


Toggle Key Shortcut to the Settings Window


Changing the Toggle Key(s)

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Anti-Tremor Mouse Filtering

At the core of SteadyMouse is the anti-tremor filtering system that removes the shaking hand motion from your mouse cursor.

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Filter Sets

The tremor removal system contains multiple filter sets that significantly affect the feel of the mouse. Some sets are very snappy (eg: Feather and Classic). Other sets are very smooth but with more lag (eg: Adagio). By experimenting you can find the filter sets that work well for you. Be sure to try various filter strength slider bar adjustments for each filter set. The sweet spot is not always the same from one to the next.

Various filters cover all types of shaking motion

Descriptions:

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Filter Tuning

Adjusting the anti-tremor filtering settings takes some experimenting. The goal is to find the weakest filter setting that still removes the tremor motion. This will give you the snappiest cursor response while keeping the mouse under control.

It's best to start out with a slow mouse speed and an overly-heavy filter strength and then ease up from there. This way you maintain control the whole time. If it helps, you can click on each slider bar and then use the left and right arrow keys to make adjustments from there. Below are the recommended steps to dial in the anti-tremor settings:

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Ignore Accidental Clicks

SteadyMouse contains an advanced system for ignoring unintentional mouse clicks. If you find your fingers constantly hitting the mouse buttons during use, then this feature can help out quite a bit.

Video Walkthrough

Written Walkthrough With Screenshots


The special case of left mouse button clicks: PRO TIP: Set the "hold period" to the smallest value that works for you. For many users, accidental clicks are very rapid, and a "hold period" between 0.1 and 0.2 seconds works very well. When it's set that low, you'll barely notice the system anymore and your intentional clicks only have to be the tiniest bit longer than the accidental ones in order to get through. It'll be like the old days before this was a problem.

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Icon Targeting System

The "Icon Targeting System" is the "pull" whereas the filtering system is the "push". They both work together to boost your productivity. With Icon Targeting it's possible to move very fast once you become proficient at using it. It works by constantly scanning for clickable content on your screen. After locating buttons, check boxes, icons, etc. it highlights the item nearest to your cursor, placing a spinning target over it. A simple double-tap of a trigger key (configurable) then snaps your cursor to that target and automatically clicks it for you (or holds the cursor so you can click).

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Wacom Tablet Support

SteadyMouse contains experimental settings to support use with "Pen Tablet" devices such as the "Wacom Intuos". Changes are necessary to both the pen device configuration as well as the SteadyMouse settings.
Pen Tablet Setup

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Cinematic Camera Stabilization

SteadyMouse can be used as a steadicam for active camera stabilization in conjunction with 3D modeling software.

Credit for the above rendering in Blender 3D goes to Reddit user /u/lotsalote

For details on how to set this up in SteadyMouse, please visit the dedicated section of the gaming page:

Camera Stabilization Setup

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Normal Quit

SteadyMouse has a "system tray" icon in the lower right hand corner of the screen. It is often hidden under a little carat symbol on newer versions of Windows. Click this, then find the mouse icon. Right click it to bring up the SteadyMouse menu. Then click "Exit".

If the application is unresponsive or you need to force SteadyMouse to close without using a mouse, see the force quit section of the manual. There is a special keyboard only way to shutdown.

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Gaming Support

SteadyMouse contains experimental settings to support use in games. It can be setup to provide tremor removal or alternatively to create a high precision, responsive, yet beautifully smooth, mouse signal for competitive performance purposes.

At present, game support coverage is approximately 50 percent, with line of site to eventual full coverage. This is because the majority of modern games use one of two methods for acquiring mouse input from the user. SteadyMouse supports integration with one of those methods. For the full details on how to configure for gaming, visit the page here:

The Experimental Gaming Page

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Visual Effects

SteadyMouse contains a handful of visual effects to give helpful cues at just the right times.

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Troubleshooting

As a first step, if something seems wrong try Toggling Off. If the problem goes away, this is a decent sign there is a bug. If the problem persists there are a few more things to try:


Specific Issues and Fixes

Due to the great diversity of Windows configurations in the wild, SteadyMouse occasionally encounters rare and difficult problems. Due to the detail sometimes necessary, there is a dedicated troubleshooting page with background, workarounds, and fixes.

The Dedicated Troubleshooting Page


Advanced Debugging

SteadyMouse contains a highly detailed debugging log that can be consulted if any bugs or anomalies are noticed during operation.

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Force Quit

In the rare event of a major problem with SteadyMouse, such as disappearance of the cursor, or loss of filtering, you can force it to shutdown by holding down the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard for 5 seconds. This will cause SteadyMouse to attempt a graceful exit first and if that fails (after about 4 seconds) it will attempt a non-graceful shutdown.

Note: Prior to SteadyMouse 2.6.3.0 it was necessary to hold all four arrow keys to accomplish this (Up, Down, Left, and Right).

Arrow Keys

If such a scenario ever happens where you actually need this, please email support-essential-tremor-filtering@steadymouse.com so whatever caused the problem can be fixed.

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How Versioning Works

All SteadyMouse 2 (and later) licenses come with access to minor version updates and bug fixes. The high end license includes access to major versions in addition to all the rest.

SteadyMouse version numbers take the form "A.B.C.D" where A is the *major* version number and B, C, and D are *minor* version numbers. For example: SteadyMouse 2.4.7.0 was released on December 24th, 2017.

The version of SteadyMouse can be seen at the bottom of the "About" window within the application.

In short, minor version numbers get bumped for any bugfixes and small improvements to existing features, and every customer has access to these.

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Changing License Types

Within the first 70 days of purchase, if you wish, you can easily upgrade license types. There are a few quick steps:

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Changing Product Keys

Changing product keys is fairly simple:

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Removal

Uninstalling SteadyMouse is just like any other application on Windows. That said, the guide below will take you through it step-by-step.

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Easy Refunds

70 Day Money Back Guarantee
As the founder of SteadyMouse, LLC. I am confident you will be impressed with SteadyMouse and I stand behind my product. It's also super important to me that you have an experience commensurate with what you've paid for. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied during the first 70 days after purchase, simply email me for a full, no hassle, refund. I can be reached easily and directly at ben-essential-tremor-filtering@steadymouse.com

The refund policy is designed to let you take the latest SteadyMouse software for a spin with full assurance it will be worthwhile. In short, you will find your mouse experience greatly improved or you will get your money back.

Outside the 70 days? Send a note explaining the situation and we'll work something out.

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