Originally posted by dak splunder
This left-right-diagonal scrolling is silly. How often do you actually scroll left or right, much less diagonally? 99% of all scrolling is up-down, when reading web pages, scrolling through finder windows, font lists, whatever.
Well, if you're doing graphics or page layout with it zoomed, you're moving all over the place. And I'd like to point out that sometimes when I use the scroll wheel in windows, it scrolls down until the end of the page, then, for some reason, starts scrolling right. Like what's up with that?
I think a good question would be whether the software allows you to limit scrolling in one direction (as well as can you turn off the right-click for those one-button users).
Also, back and forward buttons (especially the "back" button) are amazingly important to have on the mouse, in browsers as well as the finder. And shift-click (open in new window or new tab) is also hugely helpful as a mouse button when browsing.
"Amazingly" important? I doubt its "Amazingly" important. I've never used a mouse with one, so I can't say how "amazingly" important it is. But I would suggest if it were that important, wouldn't ALL mice have them? Then again, I've never used these buttons on my keyboard, why would I think I would use it on my mouse?
As for shift-click, that is dependent on the mouse software and the ability of the browser to understand it. I have firefox at work set up to use the scroll-button click as an "open in new tab behind current one". But that's a firefox thing, not a mouse thing.
Apple should consider the purposes of multiple buttons and scroll wheels before just coming up with whiz-bang technology. The biggest reason for extra functions on a mouse is to keep you from having to mouse all over the screen to perform basic actions.
Maybe they did consider all the purposes, but also realized that if they took them all into account, they'd be left with a 10-button mouse with three different scroll wheels on it. Or that they delved deeply into people's mousing habits and found that most people don't use 'back' buttons or shift-clicks or the like, and chose not to innundate their product with a confusing set of buttons, more of which can be incorrectly clicked and the like.