daemon for using 3D input devices from 3Dconnexion


A regular computer mouse or trackball is cumbersome to use for 3D applications - one dimension is missing, more if one wants to distinguish tilting from moving or wants to perform both operations at the same time, just like one can do it intuitively with a coffee cup. 3Dconnexion's has such six-degree-of-freedom input devices that are known as "space navigator", "space pilot", "space traveller", "space mouse", etc., and once you have them, you likely stop using the mouse and look back in anger about all the time you have wasted in the past to position objects in CAD/CAM or elsewhere.

Spacenavd is a free software replacement user-space driver (daemon) and software development kit for these devices. It is compatible with the original 3dxsrv proprietary daemon provided by 3Dconnexion, and works perfectly with any program that was written for the 3Dconnexion driver. It also offers another method of accessing the device via a new non-X11-dependent protocol.

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