Softpedia Editor's Review for Xpadder
Simulates keypresses and mouse movements using a gamepad
Written by Elena Opris on June 8th, 2012
If you’re addicted to consoles, but your favorite games have little or no support for controllers, Xpadder is one of the best solutions to this problem. This awesome utility is able to simulate the mouse and keyboard in almost any game, while allowing you to fully customize the functionality of the console.
Xpadder doesn’t need installation and leaves no traces in your computer registry. When you run it for the first time, it prompts you to choose the folder for saving the profiles and places a desktop shortcut for easy access.
Xpadder is able to read up to sixteen controllers and to assign the most popular key combinations and mouse gestures. It features a turbo mode and can configure no less than eight sets of controls in each profile.
The application automatically detects when you connect a controller and once the connection is established, configuration is at your fingertips. You can save different profiles for each of the games you plan on playing or for each of the consoles you own.
Setting up a profile is not rocket science. You can assign it an image (generally, of the controller model or of the game – templates are available on the developer’s website), followed by placing the sticks, additional buttons and triggers, then press ‘Finish’.
The next step is to assign keyboard or mouse shortcuts to each of the sticks / buttons. You can use virtually any hotkey you wish and enable Turbo mode for key pressing. When configuring Mouse Options, you can customize the emulation speed and perform little tests just to make sure it’s set to the right amount.
Once the configuration is done properly, you can fully enjoy the advantages of consoles in a game that normally does not support controllers. The only games that cannot be used in harmony with Xpadder are the ones that use GameGuard (an anti-cheating rootkit).
Here are some key features of "Xpadder":
· Full keyboard and mouse emulation
· Rumble support for capable controllers
· Constantly updated controller database
· Multiple profile management
· Advanced fine-tuning options
· Low CPU and memory usage
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Added extended information for EnumDevices errors
· Added Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 support
· Added TapTime slot
· Added Profile menu Recent option and changed Open to use open dialog
· Added option for individual controller files for identical controllers
· Added list scrollbar scrolling
· Added "Return all windows to primary monitor" tray option
· Added "Allow multi-monitor window positioning" option
· Added automatic Watch edit to new AutoProfiles
· Added automatic indenting of detail dialog values
· Added advanced assignment time/distance value saving across advanced assignment window closes
· Added program exit option from first run legal dialogs
· Added "Show debug settings" option
· Added Set naming
· Added Set Settings window
· Added Set clearing
· Added menu to Stick and DPad Settings windows
· Added Ok buttons to Profile Settings windows (profile, stick, dpad, trigger, set, mouse)
· Added Dialog Help About text to CopyText button
· Added Program icon to Dialog Watch list
· Added processor debug checkboxes