No, this is no April fools joke—at least, we don’t think so. OpenOffice.org now has its own pointing device thanks to WarMouse, a little-known firm that’s announced an 18-button monstrosity geared for the multi-platform productivity suite. Behold:
Yes, the OOMouse has 18 buttons (all programmable), and that’s not even the craziest part. Check out the full feature list from the official press release:
18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality Three different button modes: Key, Keypress, and Macro Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with optional 4, 8, and 16-key command modes Clickable scroll wheel 512k of flash memory 63 on-mouse application profiles with hardware, software, and autoswitching capability 1024-character macro support. Open source support software for creating, managing, and customizing application profiles Import and export of custom profiles in XML format Optional audio notification of profile switching with customizable wave files PDF export of profile button assignments Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI 20 default profiles for popular games and applications, including OpenOffice.org 3.1, Adobe Photoshop, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, World of Warcraft, and the Call of Duty series.
WarMouse apparently received backing from the OpenOffice.org guys, as well. The press release quotes OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead John McCreesh as saying, “The OOMouse is a really cool addition to the desk of any keen OpenOffice.org user. . . . The Mouse team have worked closely with experts from the OpenOffice.org User Experience project to deliver the full benefits of the world’s leading open-source office software to the fingertips of users. The prototypes are stunning – I can’t wait to get my hands on the finished product.”
According to the OOMouse blog, the device will begin shipping “sometime in February.” The accompanying configuration software will come out “in the first quarter of 2010,” and you’ll be able to get the source code under the GNU LGPL.