Every now and then I run into a unique Mac app which does something that no other Mac app does. You know what they say, right? “Necessity is the mother of invention.” That leads me to wonder what kind of necessity a Mac developer had to write an app that tracks how many miles your Mac’s mouse travels.
Think about. We move the Mac’s screen pointer (also, but somewhat inaccurately referred to as the ‘mouse) all over the screen, racking up plenty of pixel travel, but probably not giving any consideration to how many miles the pointer has traveled over the years. It’s like keystrokes. We all know we probably have a few million keystrokes after a few years, but who’s counting?
Now you can. The Mac app that does the counting– clicks, distance, and keystrokes– is called Mouse Miles and it’s free. What it does is what you think it does.
Mouse Miles lets you keep track of your mouse / trackpad miles (or feet, inches, yards, centimeters, meters, kilometers), and can also count keystrokes and mouse clicks.
Intriguing, no? All you have to do is install Mouse Miles on your Mac, select what you want to track– clicks, distance, keystrokes– from the single dropdown menu in the Menubar, and decide if you want total fee, inches, yards, meters, centimeters, kilometers or whatever, and you get totals.
Do what you normally do on your Mac for a week. Even setup a Calendar event or Reminder to remind you to check the status once a week to see how far you’ve traveled. Well, how far the mouse pointer has traveled, or how many keystrokes you’ve, well, stroked.
There’s nothing else to it. Mouse Miles resides in the background and the Menubar drop down menu displays the details. It even differentiates right and left clicks. All the data is stored locally on your Mac and not shared online.
Just one, and it’s a minor nit, and not a real problem with Mouse Miles. The app requires access to System Preferences > Accessibility but it walks you through the changes necessary.
Otherwise, very cool. I don’t right-click as much as I thought I did. There’s also a reset button if you want to start over. Nicely done and free.