Plaque Simulator is primarily designed to use a wired USB multibutton mouse with a scroll-ball such as the Apple "Mighty" mouse. Plaque Simulator also suports several common trackpad and forceTouch gestures on Apple laptops. Optional add-on accessories such as the wireless Bluetooth Apple Magic Mouse™ and/or Magic Trackpad™ 2 bring gesture support to desktop computers such as the Mac Pro and iMac. 2009-2012 era Mac Pros (aluminum towers) may require a Bluetooth 4 upgrade kit to fully support the Trackpad 2.
The most useful gesture is trackpad rotation. The target of the trackpad rotation gesture varies by window. In the Setup Window and Retinal Diagram the plaque is rotated about its center. In the Plaque Loading Window the current context of the rotation control (e.g seed carrier) is rotated. In the 2D Dosimetry Window the meridian plane is rotated about the AP axis of the eye. In the Image Window the image enhancement knobs and the currently active calibration tool may be rotated.
In Plaque Simulator, the right button of a mouse often provides the same functionality as a deep press on a forceTouch trackpad, and a mouse horizontal scroll emulates a trackpad rotation gesture.