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Picking the Ideal Mouse for Architects & Designers

When talking about tools that designers and architects need to bring magnificent pieces to life, a mouse is the least that comes to mind. After all, any mouse can click, scroll, and move, right? Wrong!

Picking the right mouse for an architect or a designer is something I take seriously, especially when I’m working with powerful tools and software such as AutoCAD. I believe that a mouse is like a pen that architects need to communicate all the designs they have on their heads on paper. Mouses come with moderate to adverse features that architects need for their work.

So, how can architects and designers choose the right mouse? In this article, I will talk about the best mouse for architects and designers and what to look for when buying one.

Why Choosing the Right Mouse Matters for Architects & Designers

While some people may argue that all mice work the same, I will tell you that that is not the truth. Architects and designers need to use a mouse with great precision to help them navigate intricate designs and come up with precise drawings.

A good mouse for architects and designers will offer the following benefits:

  • Comfort while drawing: A good mouse is ergonomically designed to offer comfort and support. Since I spend most of my time working on designs, my grip on the mouse should be less straining and more comfortable.
  • Seamless workflow switching: Since we juggle different tools and software while doing their work, architects need a mouse that can support that. We should be able to switch between different design tools with ease.
  • Precision: As an experienced architect, I place significant importance on precision. I am looking for a mouse that improves my accuracy when navigating intricate details and adjustments.
  • Good control: Perfect control is crucial, especially when working on detailed architectural work and 3D models. The scroll wheel and other control features should make my workflow easy.
  • Easy customization: The mouse components should be easily customizable to suit specific design needs. I look for customizable gestures and programmable buttons suitable for my work to save time and bring out perfect designs.
  • Enhanced versatility: A good mouth should be versatile enough to work across different devices. I need the flexibility to switch between using computers or tablets with just one mouse.


Factors to Consider When Selecting an Architect-Friendly Mouse

Grip Style

The grip style of a mouse determines how comfortable I will feel when working. Since I spend most of my time working on designs, I need something comfortable on my palms, figures, and claws. The grip of my ideal mouse should naturally align with their grip style for comfort.

Ergonomic Design

The normal aesthetically pleasing designs might not be good for architects. An ergonomically built mouse with weight and consideration is essential for making an architect’s work easier. I consider how naturally the mouse aligns with the wrist position when choosing.

Laser or Optical

DPI (dots per inch) is what differentiates laser from optical mice. When buying a computer mouse for design projects, an average DPI of 2000 will be ideal.

I consider how heavy the workload of my design project will be when choosing because the heavier the work, the higher the DIP. Mouses with 500 dpi are ideal for regular computer work.

High Precision

The best mouse for architects should offer high precision because we require it when working on various designs and drawings. Accuracy is important for detailed drawings and 3D modeling. A computer mouse with high-precision sensors allows easy movements to provide the most intricate design.

High Compatibility

A designer’s mouse should be compatible with various devices and operating systems. I need to use the features and functionalities across different software and devices. With this, I get the freedom to work on the go without needing additional peripherals.

Other Features
  •       Weight and size
  •       Adjustable DPI settings
  •       Battery life and charging options
  •       Durability and build quality
  •       Wireless connectivity
  •       Design aesthetics
  •       Software customization


Top Mouse Options for Architects & Designers

Now that you know what to look for in a mouse, it is time to choose the ideal one. The following are some of the best mice for architects and designers that I recommend making your work more rewarding.


Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse

The Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse perfectly caters to the need for precision while offering an elegant look. With a sleek design and comfortable grip, this is the mouse you need for long hours of your design project without discomfort.

I love this mouse because it comes with impressive customizable buttons catering to the unique needs of architects and designers. It offers the versatility needed for 3D modeling, sketching work, or rendering. The Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse ensures you get seamless design navigation to bring your creativity to life.


Logitech MX Master 3S

The Logitech MX Master 3S is another good mouse I recommend for designers and architects. I loved this mouse’s beautiful, ergonomic design, which allows for easy navigation and comfortable use. The high-precision sensor ensures I get accurate tracking and smooth cursor control.

Logitech MX Master 3S is a wireless mouse with Bluetooth connectivity options. The rechargeable battery with USB-C ensures my work is not interrupted. I get an easy charge experience with power that lasts up to 70 days. This mouse is everything an architect needs to boost creativity and productivity.


Apple Magic Mouse 2

I love Apple devices, and I believe you can never regret choosing their mouse for your designing and drawing work. Apple Magic Mouse 2 comes with a beautiful, sleek design and touch-sensitive surface ready to make your experience a magical one.

This mouse features intuitive gestures that allow architects to work on their designs in a fluid and intuitive manner. The mouse is lightweight and comfortable enough to allow architects to work on their designs for hours without feeling tired. The rechargeable battery also allows for interrupted working to enhance your productivity.


Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical

The unique design is the first thing that attracted me to this mouse. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical mouse comes in an angled form to help prevent joint tension. Using this mouse for my design work, I said bye to any discomfort coming from my palm when working.


Even though it is an optical mouse, you still have the freedom to choose between 800, 1250, or 1600 DPI. The mouse has an impressive power-saving ability that allows it to automatically turn off when it remains inactive for 8 minutes. This is indeed the best high-quality and pocket-friendly mouse for all designers.



The best mouse for architects and designers considers things such as ergonomic design and high precision. We need a mouse that offers comfort and accuracy in any design project, whether simple or complex.

The above mice have unique features and functionalities needed for any design project, making them the best contenders on my list. So, when choosing a mouse for designing, check the comfort, precision, and customization as priority features.

At Microsol Resources, we want to ensure your design work turns out perfectly using the right tools and software. Check out our Revit Essentials for Architects to learn more.

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What is included in the Pinnacle Series, Learning Management System?

A hybrid course might be the right choice for you if you are looking for a way to supplement your traditional live classes with the flexibility of on-demand classes. With the hybrid course, you can go back and re-watch or review the information that you are having difficulty with.

Why do you need self-paced, on-demand software training?

Find the exact content you need to maximize your productivity with tools like global search, custom learning paths, and in-application contextual lessons. Assessments generate individualized learning paths targeted to your knowledge gaps, providing just the content you need to overcome roadblocks in your design work, master tasks, and avoid redundant learning.

Microsol Resources offers on-demand training with our partner, Eagle Point Software,  the creator of Pinnacle Series, a perfect extension to our current Instructor-led training classes.

Pinnacle Series is a comprehensive learning management solution designed for architecture, engineering, and construction as well as manufacturing professionals. It features a vast library of videos, documents, and development resources that facilitate long-term employee training, on-demand problem-solving, and digital transformation.

Learning whenever and wherever your team needs it

With the Pinnacle Series learning management system, your employees can learn new software tools and brush up their existing skills on an ongoing basis, whenever it fits into their schedule. With on-demand resources, learning doesn’t have to be an occasional event — it can be a natural part of your team’s workday.

It gives your team the tools to improve their skills, share knowledge, work collaboratively, and boost efficiency. You can also:

  • Access to courses, documents, workflows, videos, and live events
  • Translations to over 90 languages
  • Robust reporting on learning and usage
  • Unlimited Windows Azure Cloud Storage
  • Content customization
  • Open API
Personalized learning

With Pinnacle Series, AEC and manufacturing organizations can harness the power of KnowledgeSmart assessments in creating personalized, targeted learning plans for their employees. Employees take an assessment on a certain software or skill, and then automatically receive a custom learning program within Pinnacle Series so they only have to train on the areas that need improvement.

Knowledge sharing & collaboration

Whether your organization has one location or offices around the world, Pinnacle Series can help streamline operations and improve collaboration. It’s packed with knowledge-sharing tools like Work Groups, which allows you to share project materials with internal and external team members; subject matter expert designations; and social features to help increase learning engagement.

What is included in the Pinnacle Series?

Standard Content Library

The Standard Content Library includes the following content libraries: All Autodesk Content, BIM Track, Bluebeam Revu, Enscape, ESRI, Global BIM Standards, Ideate Software, Lumion, McNeel Grasshopper/Rhino, Newforma, Pinnacle Series, Procore, Revizto, Solibri, Sketchup, Tekla, V-Ray.

Knowledge Gap

In addition, the Pinnacle Series is designed to generate custom courses based on your current skill gaps through the integration with KnowledgeGap, a benchmarking service provider.

KnowledgeSmart assessments are:

  • Easy to administer
  • Easy to use
  • And easy to personalize

Analysis and recommendations are delivered complete with links to training courses and other e-learning resources. Check out the video below for an overview.



Additional Content & Software

Additionally,  Adobe, Microsoft, Healthy & Safety, Management Skills, SOLIDWORKS, and Bentley training are also available to be added to your own personalized platform.


For more information about Microsol Resources and Pinnacle Series by Eagle Point Software, please contact me, Brenda Araujo, our Training Coordinator at

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CADLearning has been acquired by Eagle Point Software

Eagle Point Software, the creator of the Pinnacle Series e-learning solution, has announced the acquisition of CADLearning from 4D Technologies. On July 27, 2023, Eagle Point acquired the CADLearning businesses, including intellectual property and digital assets while assuming responsibility for supporting CADLearning clients.


Eagle Point and CADLearning are recognized as industry-leading providers of learning and development experiences for architectural, civil, construction, product design, and manufacturing engineers. Initially, CADLearning clients will continue to leverage the CADLearning platform and content. Over time CADLearning clients will have opportunities to access additional resources, content, and Pinnacle Series platform functionality like KnowledgeSmart skills assessments and personalized learning paths.

Microsol Resources is a proud partner of CADLearning by 4D Technologies and will transition to being a partner of Eagle Point Software, a perfect extension to our current live Autodesk Certified Instructor-led training classes.

Steve Biver, Eagle Point COO, shared, “We are thrilled to welcome CADLearning clients into the Eagle Point family, and we are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible.”

“CADLearning has a very robust library of Autodesk resources which will match well with Eagle Point’s own extensive offering of content. This acquisition will enable us to offer a more comprehensive and personalized learning experience to all CADLearning and Eagle Point customers and will certainly strengthen our overall business.”


Dan Dolan, President and Founder of CADLearning, shared, “This opportunity with Eagle Point Software helps ensure that our clients will continue to be successful. The team at Eagle Point has been an industry-leading company in the AEC and manufacturing space for more than 40 years.

“Eagle Point’s commitment to the success of its customers was a key consideration and driving force behind this acquisition. We are confident that all CADLearning clients are in great hands with the support of the Eagle Point Software team!”

Pinnacle Series is an AEC and manufacturing learning management solution that features a comprehensive library of videos, documents, and other development resources that enable long-term employee training, on-demand problem-solving, and digital transformation.



About Eagle Point

Pinnacle Series creator Eagle Point Software has helped AEC & manufacturing companies work more efficiently since 1983. Based in Dubuque, Iowa, the Pinnacle Series team is comprised of industry experts who deliver the leading development and productivity platform to more than 500,000 global AEC & manufacturing professionals. Pinnacle Series offers a robust library of on-demand software training content, plus knowledge capture and sharing capabilities that ultimately increase efficiency.


We are working to make this acquisition as smooth as possible for CADLearning clients. You will continue to use the CADLearning Platform and we do not anticipate any disruption in service.

What happens if my subscription is set to renew this calendar year?

CADLearning clients with subscriptions scheduled for renewal in 2023 will be able to renew their CADLearning Subscription as is.

What additional value does the merger offer my company?

Eagle Point Software has been servicing clients in the architectural, civil, construction, product design, and manufacturing industries for 40 years. CADLearning clients will gain access to the Eagle Point Software and Microsol Resources team of customer success, sales, and support representatives to help ensure a smooth transition and continued growth.

The Eagle Point Software content catalog, Pinnacle Series, offers a depth of reliable content beyond Autodesk tools. You will also have opportunities to gain access to content for software solutions from Bluebeam, Bentley, McNeel, SOLIDWORKS, SketchUp, Microsoft, Adobe, and more.

Pinnacle Series offers a wide variety of features and functions. CADLearning clients will have opportunities to benefit from:

  • Personal Learning Paths – Test your users’ knowledge and automatically create learning paths.
  • Customizable Content – Add your own content or connect to 3rd party content.
  • Workflows – Communicate standard process and procedures.
  • Workgroups – Organize content for specific teams and projects
  • Dedicated Customer Success Manager (Enterprise Accounts)
What happens to my existing CADLearning subscription?

Your current CADLearning Subscription remains in place. You will continue to have access to the system. We do not anticipate any disruption in service.

Will I have to migrate to Pinnacle?

Our goal is to eventually migrate all CADLearning users to the Pinnacle Series at some point in the future. This is going to take time. We will work together to determine the best course of action for you and your organization.

Can I migrate to Pinnacle right now?

If you wish to move to Pinnacle today, we can work with your company and a member of our customer success team to help determine the right timing for making the switch to Pinnacle.

What is the price of Pinnacle Series? Will there be a cost to migrate to Pinnacle?

Most customers will be able to renew their subscription at the existing CADLearning Subscription rate. We have special pricing for current CADLearning customers to upgrade to an enterprise Pinnacle Series subscription. There will be no cost to migrate to Pinnacle during their CADLearning subscription for qualified customers. Talk to our Microsol Resources Training Coordinator for more information regarding pricing.

What will happen to the CADLearning platform and content?

Eagle Point’s Content Development Team will be reviewing CADLearning’s content and porting over any content that brings additional value to the Pinnacle Series content offering. This will happen over time with the most used content prioritized first.

Eagle Point’s Platform Development Team will be reviewing CADLearning’s platform to understand the various feature sets to see which can bring increased value to the Pinnacle Series platform. The feature sets that bring additional value will be prioritized and incorporated into the Pinnacle Series platform over time. However, the most important priority for the Pinnacle Series Development Team is the current development of the Peak Experience.

I’m a current Pinnacle Series subscriber — how does this impact me?

If you’re a current Pinnacle Series subscriber, you will not see any changes right away. Our teams are evaluating CADLearning and its content and may choose to integrate some features and functions that will benefit our subscribers at a later date.

Will I need to set up Eagle Point Software as a vendor in our system?

Yes, you will want to set up Eagle Point Software as a vendor in your system. Feel free to reach out to Microsol Resources’ Training Coordinator at training@microsolresources for additional questions.

How do I get technical support?

For technical support, please reach out to our support team at

Who do I call for customer services and sales?

We are working on a proactive client outreach program. Expect to hear from us through multiple channels – phone, email, and social media. In the meantime, feel free to contact us should you have any questions or immediate needs.

Phone: +1-888-768-7568

Visit our Contact Us page for our location and local contact info.

We value your feedback. As we move through this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our goal is to provide the best customer experience possible!


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