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Flight Control HD, available for Windows and Mac OS X, has a little option called Touchpad mode. The in-game help says: Ensure "Trackpad mode" is enabled in the options for optimized controls.

Well, "optimized controls" is too vague for me. I want to know (exactly) how it changes the gameplay interaction.

From the few minutes I played with it enabled, I didn't notice any difference.

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  • If they are "optimized", why is there even the option!?
    – kazzamalla
    Jan 16, 2011 at 21:37
  • probably optimized for playing on a laptop. likely uses more averaged data for the x,y values as it can be more difficult to be highly accurate with on a touchpad. however, as all touchpads are not identical it may be that some already perform advanced filtering of the data your finger provides, thus rendering the need for the "Touchpad Mode" in the game un-neccessary. just my two cents
    – Xantec
    Jan 17, 2011 at 1:11
  • Flying? Flight stick? I guess you're thinking this is a flight simulator game. It is not. Jan 17, 2011 at 1:14
  • yea, i mis-read the title initially and updated my comment. i actually own and love this gem of a game.
    – Xantec
    Jan 17, 2011 at 1:15

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In order to draw a path for a plane with Trackpad mode OFF:

  • You must press and hold down the left mouse button while drawing.

In order to draw a path for a plane with Trackpad mode ON:

  • You can either press and hold down the left mouse button while drawing.
  • Or you can click on a plane and then move the mouse without any button pressed.

In other words:

  • Trackpad mode OFF: Click-and-drag.
  • Trackpad mode ON: Either click-and-drag or click-move-click.

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