[Bf-committers] Spaceball support

Chris Want cwant at ualberta.ca
Wed Apr 11 18:52:26 CEST 2007

Stefan Gartner wrote:
> Hi all,
> I recently got an (rather old) IBM Spaceball (made by SpaceTec/3Dconnexion) 
> and was wondering if it would be feasable to add support for it to Blender.
> I know about the attempts made using 3Dconnexion's SDK, however it doesn't 
> seem to support my device and it's not free.
> I've found a BSD-licensed library for UNIX-like systems (libsball [1]) which 
> supports my spaceball at least on Linux and IRIX (that's where I could test 
> it) - I guess it also works on *BSD and Solaris, maybe even OS X (and 
> Windows?).
> My question now is:
> Should I try to integrate libsball in blender 2.44 or is it better to wait for 
> the event refactor scheduled for 2.50?
> greetings,
> stefan
> [1] http://jedi.ks.uiuc.edu/~johns/projects/libsball/ - mine looks like the 
> one on the picture, except it's black and has an IBM logo on it.

I have a serial port version of a HP spaceball that I can test on
(linux). As for blender integration, I would recommend making a
patch first and getting some feedback.


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