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Logitech and Adobe Introduce NuLooq Pro Series

(May 2006) posted on Fri May 26, 2006

Products comprise mouse companion and navigation tools.


Logitech, the
Swiss manufacturer of digital peripherals,
has collaborated with Adobe Systems
to develop two tools for designers that
interact with Adobe"?s Creative Suite 2 as
well as standalone CS2 applications (Mac
versions only). The new Logitech NuLOOQ
Professional Series
product line comprises
the NuLooq navigator, a device
used in conjunction with a mouse and
a keyboard to manipulate images and
documents, and the NuLooq tooldial, a
customizable on-demand interface software
that provides quick access to design
tools. Both are geared to save designers
time, "giving them the ability to shift their
focus to the most important aspect of
design"?imagery and layout."?

Approximately the size and shape of
half a tennis ball, the,NuLooq navigator
is a companion to a mouse and a tablet
or keyboard. The navigator is a stationary
device that sits under the "non-mousing"?
hand and has a circular touch-sensitive
surface (the tooltuner dial) for adjusting
option values in supported applications.
A movable rubber-like ring (the navring
controller) at the base allows designers
to navigate images and documents,
while embedded buttons (triggerpoint
buttons) call up frequently used tools.

Navigator features include: the ability
to easily scroll and zoom"?a nudge
of the navring controller moves selected
images, while twisting it controls the
zoom feature; a touch-sensitive tooltuner
dial that gives designers the ability to
adjust or tune tool-option values, such
as text leading or brush size; automated
detection of the current CS2 application,
selected object, or tool (presenting
option values for that application when
prompted); and three built-in triggerpoint
buttons embedded in the tooltuner dial
to provide quick access to commands,
modifier keys, and tooldial menus.

Included with the navigator"?and also
available for purchase separately"?is the
NuLooq tooldial software, which centralizes
frequently used tools, commands,
and files within an on-demand circular
or wheel menu that"?s divided into eight
wedges. Launched with a keystroke or
mouse click, or by using one of the navigator
triggerpoint buttons, the tooldial wheel
appears centered under the cursor (it disappears
when the activity is completed).
Each of the eight wedges can have up to
eight associated wedges with it, providing
a total of 72 available tools, commands,
and files per tooldial.

Specific tooldial features include:
easy configuration of tooldial menus
by dragging and dropping commands
directly into the wedges (or moving files
or executables from the Finder); automatic
detection of the current application,
bringing up the associated tooldial
menu; and one-click "tweak"? tools,
allowing the user to select brush tools
and brush sizes in Photoshop or select
leading, tracking, or point size in InDesign,
for example.

The NuLooq Professional Series
(includes navigator and tooldial) has
a suggested retail price in the US of
$149.99. The NuLooq tooldial can be
purchased separately for a suggested
retail price of $49.99. Note: PC support
is planned, but no confirmed dates are
available.

LOGITECH

www.logitech.com


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