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Does anyone know of a program or utility that will turn my Magic Mouse into a touchpad (I'm running OS 10.5.8)? That is, with the nice multi-touch surface, why not just use all of the MacBook gestures (most importantly moving the pointer and tap-to-click/tap-to-click-drag) and ditch the need to actually move the mouse around? This way you could use the mouse just holding it in your hand.

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One use case is when you either have a non-trackable surface (e.g. glass) or if you don't have a surface at all (you're standing up). – Rhett Jan 5 '10 at 21:37

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to Magic Mouse and Macbook Touchpad

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I had looked at that but it doesn't appear to add the straight-up touch mousing (moving the cursor around the screen without moving the mouse). Also, I need it on 10.5.8--will update original question with OS requirement. – Rhett Jan 4 '10 at 15:35
As of 1/9/2010 BetterTouchTool added this feature, Touchpad Mode, available in the latest build from here: Alas, you still need OS 10.6. – Rhett Jan 11 '10 at 6:34

This is answer is a bit late, but in case you never found it:

Mouse Wizard ( ) works wonderfully well and has a mode that does exactly what you're looking for. You turn the mouse sideways and use it as a normal trackpad. I actually combine that with another program, so that I can use it as a trackpad and retain two-finger-scroll capabilities.

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Nice job. Not sure if the OP will ever except your answer though. – Josiah Nov 9 '12 at 13:24
Dead link and author hasn't returned in 5 yrs. – fixer1234 Oct 1 '15 at 3:55

I'm not sure if this is exactly what you wanted, but you could try Jitouch. I think it is a fantastic app. Adds tons of extra gestures to your magic trackpad and mouse. I'm not sure if it allows you to use your finger to move the pointer though.

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