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gMote

CNET Editors' review

Quickly create mouse gestures that work in most programs with this easy-to-configure freeware. gMote's dual-pane configuration interface makes it a snap to create and program mouse gestures. This program makes a good effort to help new users. On first run it reminds those who pass on the tutorial that it is always available in the Help menu. On start it also prompts to upgrade to the latest version.

gMote is one of the easiest to use mouse gesture tools we've tested. Press the create button, make your mouse gesture in the test window, and then use a pull-down to assign the one of the 30-plus actions. The actions center on browser, media player, and word-processing commands. However, program execution, Web site selection, and hot-key combinations are also easily added actions. To make sure normal mouse movements don't invoke gesture actions, users chose a key combination to hold as they make the gesture. The gesture draws a temporary line on the screen to help users make the correct movement. The app then helpfully displays the gesture in a pop-up box before invoking the action. Gestures are easily saved in sets and are as easily deleted when no longer needed.

We liked that gMote warns users when new gestures are too similar to older ones. This is freeware that fills a very specific need and does it with a minimum of fuss or confusion. This program will appeal to novices and experienced users looking to add mouse gestures to speed computer use.

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All User Reviews
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    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 0
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    3.8 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "not bad if you have loads of memory to spare"

    April 1, 2011  |   By THelwoode

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    easy to use but not as good as StrokeIt (also free)

    Cons

    memory use - it uses 30mb plus compared to less than 1mb using StrokeIt

    Summary

    Get StrokeIt - more features and less memory usage

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Spend less time to launch programs, folders, anything.."

    December 21, 2009  |   By Jonimeesermann

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    efficient
    easy to understand
    i can't live without it

    Cons

    nothing so far

    Summary

    Makes my life so much easier. A real time saver. I can't even imagine to use the old start-all programs way anymore. it really is a natural things to do in the computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Timesaver For Power Users"

    November 26, 2009  |   By nchristie

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    This is a brilliant application. The editor's were spot on with their review. Mouse gestures in general are one of the pinnacle's of a power user leetness. What took off inside the browser is ported extremely well to Windows. Nicely done!

    Cons

    Manual installation :( Because unzipping takes too many clicks.

    Summary

    Very clean.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An amazing program!"

    October 14, 2009  |   By FirewaveZ

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    Easy to configure, Easy to use, very customizable, speeds up tasks.

    Cons

    Might take a bit of a toll on your computer's performance if its a bit old. Also in order for the gestures to execute, you need to make a relatively precise movement.

    Summary

    Its an amazing program, that everyone should have on their computer. Its functionality that should come integrated into the OS.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Media Control didnt work..."

    April 18, 2009  |   By patyork

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    I love the idea, and gMote has a very sophisticated yet simple interface.

    Cons

    Media control did not work, had to create a series of event emulation programs (i.e. media_nextrack.exe, media_previoustrack.exe) but it suits my computer use to a T.

    Summary

    Get it, youll love it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Gestures for places where there were no gestures before"

    April 12, 2009  |   By Mrsone

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    Add mouse gesture functionality to almost anywhere in Windows
    Create custom gestures for a variety of actions, including opening folders, launching files, and controlling media players
    Save gesture groups for different sets of programs or work tasks

    Cons

    Creating gestures can be tricky; program requires some precision mouse maneuvers
    May conflict with programs with gestures built-in (exclusion solve this)
    You must save gesture sets or else the program will forget them

    Summary

    Gmote allows Windows users to use mouse gestures anywhere. Mouse gestures use movements with the mouse to execute commands. If you have this feature in your favorite browser, then you already know how useful it is to be able to move forward, backward, reload web pages, and do other things with just a flick of the mouse. Gmote gives you this ability all over Windows, and even takes it further. Now you can even open web pages and programs with your mouse.

    The program itself comes with a few gestures already coded in. Of course, you can add more as you see fit. It is tricky to get the gestures just right, because you actually have to draw them using the right mouse button. In addition, you need to save any gestures you create in addition to the original set or else the program will not remember your custom gestures. If you have mouse gestures enabled in another program, you will need to create exclusions so that gmote does not conflict with them.

    Gmote does not interfere with any other program, and its footprint is small. I love it because you can use mouse gestures with the Safari browser and Google Chrome. Gmote is a simple way to add mouse gestures to all of Windows.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    April 6, 2009  |   By rd731

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    I disagree with the user reviews posted here. I think that gmote is very easy to understand and use. It saves time, no more having to click through multiple windows to get to where i want to be, it allows me to clear my desktop.

    Cons

    it could be a little less precise, but this is a very minor flaw.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great idea...questionable execution"

    November 20, 2008  |   By rundmv

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    The idea is sound; user-created mouse gestures for programs and browsers alike. I liked the idea of being able to use the same mouse gestures across multiple browsers and even customize some system tasks and program commands.

    Cons

    They didn't always work. I found that the gestures had to be too precise and found myself wasting the time I was hoping to save my having to make the gesture multiple times. There could have bee better instructions or in-program tips/tutorials.

    Summary

    The glitches could have been caused by human error or by my system configuration...or it could be a faulty product. Either way, if it doesn't work for whatever reason, I can't use it and so I removed it from my computer.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Gmote does not work when you're using a Wacom tablet"

    November 15, 2008  |   By Navel134

    Version: gMote 1.31

    Pros

    Very cool program when I am using a mouse.

    Cons

    Program does not work when the Wacom Tablet is attached to my computer. Because I get RSI when using a mouse too often, I am forced to uninstall this very nice program. Pity.

    Summary

    Program does not work when the Wacom Tablet is attached to my computer. Because I get RSI when using a mouse too often, I am forced to uninstall this very nice program. Pity. But besides that, I can advice this program to everybody.

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