The space navigator has made designing much easier, weather you are using photoshop or CAD. The use of this new mouse can help speed up jobs increadable. I have purchased this model for use with CAD programs such as CATIA v5 and Solidworks and it works really well with them. The 3d mouse helps move 3d parts around the screen making tasks easier and quicker. The mouse can zoom in and out and pan left and right and can also make the object rotate 360 degrees.
This 3D mouse helped me finished my degree in engineering by making CAD design much simplier and quicker, rather than keep clicking on objects and dragging the mouse means I can do two things at once ( e.g Rotate and select features)
The mouse can aslo be used in many other programs like photoshop and picture editing prograns where it can be used to zoom, move, rotate images to make things quicker.
The mouse in my opinion is a great product and I would recommend to any one who plans on designing using CAD. I would say for the use of editing pictures it could be considered a little expensive but still a get tool.
I you like this, then you would love the next model up where you have a number of programmable buttons where you can use as commands when desiging. But this is at a higher price!
The 3dconnexion Spacenavigator is an incredibly useful time saving bit of kit.
I use this primarily for Photoshop and 3ds Max, it can also be used with Google Earth and a whole host of other professional applications.
When using it with Photoshop it is very useful, it can be used to move the image you are working on around the screen when zoomed in, it will also zoom in/out and can be used to twist/rotate an image. The buttons on the object are programmable, which gives the option of assigning buttons in Photoshop that you use a a lot to the Spacenavigator. Personally I assigned the left and right buttons to change the brush sizes quickly, this speeds up your work greatly and makes things a lot easier.
In 3ds Max the 3dconnexion Spacenavigator really comes to life, moving objects in 3d just using your left or right hand, it feels intuitive and really speeds up the editing process.
The product is extremely easy to use and weighted effectively so that it doesn't slip or lift off the desk when you use it. One problem is that for a lot of applications it is not out of the box ready and and download is required. The metallic finish and blue ring of light to indicate it is on gives it a professional look and feel.
Overall a well conceived product which really speeds up your work.