NuLOOQ

It is a rare day when a truly inventive input device hits the creative pro market. Mice and trackballs come and go, but not since the graphics tablet have we seen anything really unique. That is, not until Logitech released the NuLOOQ Professional Series: a hardware-software design controller combo that’s so different it will completely change the way you work in Adobe CS2 applications – and potentially other programs too.

The NuLooq Professional Series includes the navigator control device and the tooldial software. Though the tooldial software is available separately, both work together to provide complete control over Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS2.
If your system meets the requirements and you’re willing to invest a fair amount of configuration time, you can reap some serious, time-saving rewards. The tooldial is a fully customisable, circular launchpad on your desktop capable of holding up to 72 of your favourite things. In Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign CS2, you use each pie-shaped slice to store frequently used tools, menu items, or palettes. You can also create tooldials to store frequently used folders, documents, or other applications. You can create as many tooldials as you wish and share them with other people.

The navigator is a circular, three-layer device that features: the tooltuner dial, a touch-sensitive scroll wheel with static and programmable triggerpoints; the navring, a rubberised middle for scrolling and zooming a millimetre at a time; and a weighted metal base with non-slip surface. Designed for use in conjunction with a mouse, trackball, or tablet, the navigator fits comfortably in your free hand.

The navigator offers a unique level of control. The tooltuner dial’s Static and Dynamic triggerpoints let you adjust tool values while you work, and both are context-sensitive. For example, when using various brush tools in Photoshop you can adjust diameter, hardness, spacing, and opacity with the Static Value triggerpoint, and pressure or tilt with the Dynamic Value triggerpoint – all without touching the keyboard. To use the navigator you’ll need a touch of ambidexterity, but get used to working with both hands and you’ll never look back.

OUR VERDICT

If you spend a lot of time in Adobe CS2; require precise tool control; and make repetitive trips to the toolbox, menus or options bar, the customisable and highly configurable NuLOOQ is definitely for you. Logitech has created a truly original must-have device for the creative pro or anyone who needs precise navigational control over their large monitor and work space.

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