My nighttime job is fighting crimes committed against Apple by dangerous neanderthals posing as internet journalists. By day I toil away as an obscure employee in the cubicle farms of Manhattan, a producer for fine training, presentation, instruction videos, and help screens. My tool of choice for both endeavors? The Mac, of course.
Here’s the tail of an inexpensive Mac app which makes my day job much easier. It’s called Clicky and what it does is both elegant and useful for everyone involved in screen capture products. Clicky lets you view the Mac’s mouse location when it clicks on a button. This is especially useful during presentations, Mac screen capture videos, or anything where the click of a mouse must be seen, if not heard.
Clicky lives in the Mac’s Menubar and you get plenty of settings which makes the mouse pointer (or, screen pointer; Mac notebooks don’t usually have a mouse) more visible on screen. Presentations, tutorials, screen videos all have the same problem– viewers cannot always see where the mouse pointer clicks. Now they can.
Clicky’s controls have options to change the color of the click, add an animation to the click, add or change the sound for a click in addition to actually counting the clicks. Clicky works on left click, right lick, or an assigned button click, and so does the counter (each click). There’s a built-in option to view the click counter in the Mac’s Menubar.
OS X lets you change the size of the onscreen mouse pointer in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display, with other settings in the Mouse & Trackpad section. One feature I would like to see in Clicky is an option to enlarge the clicking animation so it’s more clearly visible upon first click. Otherwise, Clicky is one of those rare Mac utilities which not everyone needs, but those who do need it a bunch.