Thursday 28 October 1999
Version 2.4 fixes a problem with some 16-bit apps on Win98 and may improve stability on this platform.
Sunday 10 October 1999
Version 2.3 coexists better with IntelliPoint's "Universal Scrolling" feature. FreeWheel will handle the wheel rotation, leaving IntelliPoint to handle the wheel-click "hands-free" panning stuff. Super.
Tuesday 5 October 1999
Version 2.2 is out. I nailed a big compatibility problem, so hopefully there should now be quite a bit less need to exclude apps. I've put in better support for combo-box scrolling, if anybody is interested. And scrolling in Adobe Acrobat Reader should work now too. Sorry about the 'diary' format this page is turning into - I really need to do some spring cleaning around here.
Friday 13 August 1999
Olli Siltanen mailed me to say that it is possible to install the IntelliPoint 2.2d update without having a previous version. Thanks Olli!
Sunday 18 July 1999
Version 2.1 includes some minor fixes and alterations. I've had a couple of reports of crashes with IE5, but I haven't been able to reproduce it on either Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0. Oh, and IntelliPoint 2.2 on Microsoft web site is an upgrade-only version. I guess they're just making sure that those nice people at Logitech write their own software. ;-)
Tuesday 25 August 1998
AltaVista appears to be case-sensitive, so here goes... freewheel FREEWHEEL mouse MOUSE wheel WHEEL freewheel FREEWHEEL intellimouse IntelliMouse Intellimouse intellipoint IntelliPoint Intellipoint freewheel FREEWHEEL :-)
Monday 1 June 1998
They've finally gone and done it. Microsoft IntelliPoint 2.2 is available, downloadable from the Internet, and features "Universal Scrolling", which means that FreeWheel is redundant. Well, sort of - IntelliPoint doesn't have sound events, app switching or focus mode selection.
Thursday 22 January 1998
What is FreeWheel?
FreeWheel provides mouse wheel support for applications that do not directly support the IntelliPoint mouse wheel. It runs on Windows 9x or Windows NT as a tray icon, which you can hide if you dislike clutter in your tray.
FreeWheel supports the 'default' mode of operation, where rotating the wheel causes the active (focus) window to scroll, and an alternative mode where the window (within the foreground application) directly underneath the mouse pointer is scrolled. You can switch between documents in an application by holding down Ctrl+Shift while rotating the mouse wheel, and you can switch between applications by holding down Alt and rotating the wheel.
FreeWheel caters for the possibility of conflicts with applications that directly support the wheel by allowing you to specify a list of applications. FreeWheel can either include or exclude applications that appear in this list.
FreeWheel is free, so there are no irritating nag screens, no timeouts, and there is no guilt associated with failing to register!
Extract and run Setup.exe from the freewheel.zip archive (142KB) to install FreeWheel to the folder of your choice. When the setup program first runs FreeWheel, a shortcut will be created in your StartUp menu so that FreeWheel will run automatically each time you start Windows.
FreeWheel starts up initially with some sensible default settings. To customize the settings, double-click on its tray icon, or select 'Properties' from its context menu. You will be presented with a dialog containing several property pages.
FreeWheel is not a commercial product. I develop FreeWheel in my spare time. However, if you have any bug reports or suggestions, I will be happy to hear about them.
These days, many applications directly support the mouse wheel and don't need any help from FreeWheel. You can enter these applications into FreeWheel's compatibility list and select the "Exclude" option. Alternatively, you can select the "Include" option instead, and enter wheel-challenged applications into the list.
Launch the "Add/Remove Programs" icon from the Control Panel and select FreeWheel from the list of applications that can be removed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I uninstall IntelliPoint before
Does FreeWheel work with mice other than the
Why do I have to specify the number of scroll
lines in the 'Settings' page?
Microsoft is a registered trademark, and IntelliMouse is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
FreeWheel is free software. That means that my liability shall not exceed the amount paid to me for the use of this software.
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