In this article we are bringing you a very interesting application, behind which is an authentic and innovative idea. This application is called DwellClick, and it creates clicks without a need to touch a button on your mouse or a trackpad, or differently said – it auto clicks. This certainly is a very unusual application, and some will find it very helpful, for it will become essential, while the rest will think that it’s confusing and not useful. I got interested in DwellClick after I’ve reviewed PopClip (developed from the same company.) PopClip brought that small contextual “Copy-Paste” menu that you can normally find on iOS, and I use it ever since.
With it history of innovative and interesting applications, Pilotmoon Software published DwellClick and priced it at $15.99. You can download it through Mac App Store, but I recommend heading to its official website and starting a trial. As you can see, this is high priced application, yet very simple and small in size (only 1.8 MB), which tackled my mind.
The main feature of DwellClick is that it’s able to auto click. This means that it will make your cursor click after you’ve kept it inactive for a period of time, which is usually a few seconds. Move it to some other place on your screen, and after a few seconds it will auto click again. But, if you leave cursor pointing to the title bar of any application, DwellClick will start dragging it, so all you have to do is move your mouse and it will auto click once again, and set a window into desired place.
You will notice very strong resemblance with PopClip if your move cursor to any point on your screen, and click the Fn key. Now you will see iOS-looking contextual menu with three odd looking buttons. The first one is for double clicking, second one is for dragging, and the last one is for secondary clicking. If you activate any of these, next time you drag and leave cursor, it will do that particular action (double click, drag, or secondary click). This seems very interesting in theory, but it hardly replaces natural mouse or trackpad workflow, and is simply tiring after a while.
Instead of using previously explained menu, you can turn on a floating menu which will show you several buttons so you can quickly double click, drag, or use buttons like Commands, Alt, Shift, and Control. As developers said, this menu is specifically designed to work with head-tracker users.
A good thing about DwellClick is that it’s fully customizable and comes with elaborate preferences. I assume that individuals who got some kind of disability and are not able to fully use a mouse or a trackpad will greatly benefit from DwellClick. This means that I believe that DwellClick doesn’t enhance productivity or workflow for a typical user, even though some applications would benefit from it. On the other hand, individuals with some kind of impairment should consider using this application as a tool of help.