3Dconnexion has announced that its SpaceExplorer 3D mouse is now supported by Macintosh OS X versions 10.4.6 and later, allowing design professionals to move effortlessly within popular 3D applications on the Mac platform. Used in conjunction with a traditional mouse and keyboard, the SpaceExplorer 3D mouse is an input device for professional designers, allowing them to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate three-dimensional objects.

Mac professionals can now use the SpaceExplorer’s array of function keys to program highly-used functions and keyboard modifiers, as well as its ergonomically designed palm rest for a comfortable command console. In addition, users can manoeuvre camera views for increased control and flexibility in applications such as Autodesk Maya and Google SketchUp.

By pulling, pushing, tilting, and spinning the SpaceExplorer’s 3D mouse cap, designers can move through 3D environments and control 3D objects and models without stopping to select commands. A subtle increase or decrease in cap pressure accelerates or slows motion, enabling precise micro-adjustments.

SpaceExplorer is supported by the following applications for Macintosh OS X 10.4.6 and above: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and Acrobat, Apple QuickTime Player (QTVR), Autodesk Maya, Blender, form•Z, Google Earth and SketchUp, Graphisoft ArchiCAD, IMSI/Design TurboSketch Studio, IVS 3D Fledermaus Professional, Nemetschek VectorWorks, Robert McNeel & Associates Rhinoceros, Smith Micro Software Poser and the Second Life Grid Platform.