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3DConnexion SpaceNavigator on MacOS

S1monS1mon Member Posts: 236 PRO
I have the latest MacOS (11.6), and the latest 3DxWare 10/1.2.0/10.7.0, but it's flaky. It mostly works in Safari, but not at all in Chrome.
(On a PC with Windows and Solidworks it always loses focus which is very frustrating.)
It really seems like 3DConnexion barely manages to keep things running. Their forums don't seem to get a lot of support, and this driver is still in Beta for MacOS Big Sur which has been out for quite a while.
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  • fnxffnxf Member, User Group Leader Posts: 55 PRO
    I would try to learn to work without it. And I’m saying this even though I’ve been working with their products since 2001. Together with Onshape it kinda works, but never properly, Mac or PC. (Especially the focus thing). I have reported bugs and sent 3DConnexion the logs, but they are very slow to answer and slower still to fix them.

    I’ve learned to work without it, but I still need a mouse for it (trackpad doesn’t do it for me)- I’ve been having very good results with the Logitech M220: https://www.logitech.com/de-ch/products/mice/m220-wireless-mouse.html
  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 236 PRO
    For me, doing a lot of spinning of models with the middle mouse button is a recipe for carpal tunnel pain. The SpaceNavigator (or other versions of 3DConnexions 3D mice I've used over the years) is the difference between being able to do CAD for long periods of time or not.
  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 236 PRO
    In case other people are having this issue... I reinstalled the driver/plug-ins and now it's working in Safari and Chrome. Sometimes it gets weird in Safari still and will start just zooming the browser window when it should be talking to Onshape. In that situation, rebooting fixes it.
  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 236 PRO
    Just in case there are others looking for this info...

    I have my Space Navigator working with Safari (15.1) on Monterey (12.0.1) on an M1 Mac. The trick is that the latest beta driver from 3DConnexion does NOT work reliably for very long on Big Sur or Monterey. You need to downgrade slightly. See this post on their BBoard system. The link for the working driver is here.
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 1,046 PRO
    S1mon said:
    Just in case there are others looking for this info...

    I have my Space Navigator working with Safari (15.1) on Monterey (12.0.1) on an M1 Mac. The trick is that the latest beta driver from 3DConnexion does NOT work reliably for very long on Big Sur or Monterey. You need to downgrade slightly. See this post on their BBoard system. The link for the working driver is here.
    Thanks for this! I've disliked pretty much every interaction I've had with 3DConnexion, but I really like the device when it actually works.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 236 PRO
    @Evan_Reese

    No problem. 

    My interaction with the person on their helpline was less than perfect. They didn't bring up this critical piece of info about Onshape and the downrev driver. The one thing that they said that I discounted at the time, but I'm starting to believe: their HW/SW doesn't like it if you connect the Space Navigator through a USB hub. They also said that a genuine Apple USB A to USB C adapter is best. To me that all sounds like an excuse for a flakey driver, but I am getting much more reliability since I switched to the downrev driver and an Apple USB adapter.
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