updated 10:50 pm EDT, Mon July 5, 2010
Update brings 60 triggering actions, scriptability
Griffin Technology has released an update to its PowerMate management software. The PowerMate is a USB-attached knob, allowing users to control actions such as scrolling, volume, jog/shuttle, or a variety of other configurable tasks. It arrives preset to work with iMovie, FinalCut Pro and GarageBand, and can be assigned to interact with many other programs.
Version 3.0 of the management software is a Cocoa rewrite designed for Snow Leopard, working in both 64- and 32-bit modes. It adds shift, command, control and option keys to the possible modifier combinations, allowing the user to take advantage of 60 triggering actions. Version 3.0 also adds improved support for multiple PowerMates attached to one system, while the integrated blue LED can be tied to the Mac's CPU performance, volume or audio levels. The rewrite adds global commands, scriptability and interaction with core OS X applications in a radial menu.
PowerMate 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 and is a free download for current owners. A new PowerMate costs $45 and can be ordered directly from the company.