3Dconnexion has announced the newest addition to its 3D mouse product line – the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks. Designed for on-the-go 3D professionals, the company says that the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks enables a precise, rich 3D experience in a compact, mobile design that is only half the weight of its desktop counterpart – the SpaceNavigator.

The SpaceNavigator for Notebooks offers the same benefits as the original SpaceNavigator – for movement and control within 3D workspaces – but also includes a new cap design for more immersive and natural interactions within 3D applications. Designed to withstand the wear and tear of travel, the SpaceNavigator for Notebooks comes with a convenient travel case for transport. Its small footprint makes the device easy to use anywhere – at home, work, or at remote locations.

The device allows users to lift, press and turn the control cap to fly through 3D space while simultaneously zooming and rotating the view. An increase in pressure accelerates motion, while a decrease in pressure slows motion for precise micro-adjustments.

The Space Navigator for is supported by more than 120 of today’s most popular 3D applications, including Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and Acrobat 3D, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, and Maya, Blender, CATIA, Google Earth and SketchUp, Microsoft Virtual Earth, NX, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, and many other CAD, DCC, AEC and GIS applications.

The SpaceNavigator for Notebooks costs £90 plus VAT, and is supported under Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Macintosh OS X 10.4/5 and Linux (Redhat Enterprise Linux WS 3, SuSE 9.0 or later).