Compatible operating systems
Savant Elite2 uses generic HID (human interface device) drivers provided by the operating system. It can be operated and programmed without any special drivers in most environments supporting USB devices, including the following operating systems with an available USB port:
In Play Mode the Savant Elite2 emulates a generic keyboard and mouse. In Programming Mode it emulates a generic keyboard and removable disk. Programming Mode requires generic OS support for a removable disk, plus a text editing program or app that can edit and save a file as “plain text” or “simple text.” Most word processing and text editing programs have this capability.
Macintosh OS X notes: OS X doesn’t support middle mouse button without using a third party driver such as that found at www.usboverdrive.com. Also, modifier actions from one USB device cannot modify the input of a second USB device due to limitations designed into the Apple operating system.
Example: Shift, Control, Command, or Option keystrokes programmed into the foot pedal cannot modify the input of a separate USB keyboard or mouse. However, a key sequence like ‘Cmd-W’ or ‘Cmd-Shift-left arrow’ will work on a Macintosh if the entire sequence of keystrokes has been programmed into the foot pedal.
Dimensions – Control Module & (Pedal)
A Savant Elite2 foot pedal is an excellent ergonomic enhancer to reduce hand and arm strain and repetition from mouse clicks and awkward key combinations. The 2-jack control module bundled with a single pedal is ideal for situations where you want the smallest possible pedal, or where you need the pedal away from the control module. The control module has a 9 foot USB cable connecting to the computer, and the foot switch has its own 10 foot cable connecting to the control module with a mini-phono plug. Factory programming provides left and right mouse click actions. It’s ideal for user’s who want to activate mouse clicks or offload one or two keying tasks. The new driverless programming makes it quick and easy to change the pedal to perform keyboard actions and productivity-enhancing macros.
Programming the Savant Elite2 can be as easy as copying a small text file onto the virtual disk created in Programming Mode. Or use any text editor to type a new pedal action. Sample files for many applications and uses are available from kinesis.com. No drivers are required, whether you are using Windows, Mac OS X, Android, Linux, or Chrome.
Technology behind the driverless programming
The Savant Elite2’s unique driverless all-platform programmability is based on the transient creation of a virtual removable disk in programming mode. On that disk resides a tiny simple-text file which defines the actions of up to 3 pedals and 4 input jacks covering all the various configurations of Savant Elite2 devices. Virtually any text editing program can be used to edit the pedal/jack assignments and then re-save the file as “plain text” or “simple text.” Backup files can be stored with different names and in different locations. Only the file named “pedals.txt” located in the “active” folder on the Savant Elite2’s virtual disk drive is used to assign the actions.