I’ve worked on computers for some 30 years and the company I work for is very focused on preventing repetitive stress from computer usage. It can cause carpal tunnel syndrome among other things. I recently experienced some fatigue in my right forearm and so have explored some options. One option that I just started trying is using a pen tablet instead of a mouse. I bought it for drawing, but then it occurred to me that it would make a great alternative to a mouse. I have been doing a lot of inat work with it that last couple of days and I’m hooked. It seems much better that a mouse, it’s not only less stressful but also is quicker than a mouse. I’m using a XP-Pen Deco 3.
Interesting. I am looking for the quickest way to use iNat including a lot of zooming on maps. Touch actually seems to do that quicker with less repetition than mousing, whether scrolling or “plus”-sizing.
Unfortunately I need the big monitor to see groups of thumbnail images.
i use a touch tablet + pen for stuff. sometimes i’ll add a keyboard for a lot of typing. i do add a mouse if i need to do a lot of precise pointing, but most of the time, i agree that touch + pen is better. touch / pinch zooming is particularly nice for zooming in on photos and maps in iNaturalist (though pinch zooming works well only on the Explore and Observation detail pages, not on Identify).
Thanks. I’ll have to try a pen.
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Yeah, I think it would good to start a new thread.
I haven’t used a mouse in decades. A small Wacom tablet with pen is all I need, and I work with it many hours a day. No strain at all on my arm or wrist since I started using the tablet. Highly recommended.
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