USB FunPad pro
Game Controller
User’s Manual
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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iii
General Informations for FunPad Pro . . . . . . . . . .1
Package Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Hardware Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Operation Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Hardware Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Software Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Programming the FunPad Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Choosing a Game Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Editing a Game Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Creating an All-New Game Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Using Game Sprockets
to Configure the FunPad Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Thank you for purchasing the Macsense FunPad pro. The
FunPad pro computer game controller is equipped with a USB
connector, making it compatible with the new Apple iMac, Blue
G3, or any Macintosh with USB interface. This advanced game
controller combines high performance functionality with a stylish
ergonomic design, making it one of the best USB game controllers available for racing, flying, or combat games.
In addition to the regular features of a standard game pad, the
FunPad pro has additional configuration functionality allowing you
to program the device to fit your individual preferences for the
game you like to play.
Please read this manual for information about installing, programming, and configuring the controller’s buttons to fit your preferences.
At Macsense we are continually searching for ways to improve
our products and our company. If you have any suggestions, or if
you have questions about the FunPad pro, please e-mail our technical support department at
The information in this manual is organized as follows:
Describes the package contents, fea tures, and main applications of the
FunPad pro
Shows how to install the FunPad pro
for ordinary applications
Programming the FunPad pro Presents configuration options
Provides technical details
General Informations for FunPad pro
Package Contents
After opening the box containing the FunPad pro, check to
make sure you have received these items.
• A FunPad pro game controller
• A CD containing software & on line manual
System Requirements
• Macintosh computer with an available USB port
• Mac OS 8.1 or higher
Hardware Overview
Please take a moment to review the diagram below to familiarize yourself with the buttons on your FunPad pro.
Figure 1 - Button/switch Operation
Operation Reference
In addition to having the basic functions of a standard game
pad (X, Y axes, and function buttons) we’ve added several extra
options to the FunPad pro. We think that once you become familiar with the FunPad pro’s Throttle Buttons, you’ll agree with us
that the FunPad pro blows the competition away! Following is a
list of action inputs on the FunPad pro along with a brief description of how each one is applied.
• Function Buttons
Buttons 1-8 are game dependent. Please consult the
manual of the individual game to get the best game performance. Use these to kick, punch, etc.
• Direction Pad
The direction pad offers 360-degree directional movement. Its auto-centering functionality returns the cursor to
a neutral position when released.
• Throttle and Rudder Stick
For flight simulator games, these buttons are like the gas
and brake pedals on a car. Push the Throttle Up Button,
and it’s up, up, and away! Or if you don’t particularly feel
the need for speed, simply push the Throttle Down
Button and you’ll slow to a crawl. These buttons are nonautocentering, so the values remain in whatever position
you leave them in.
Hardware Installation
The FunPad pro computer game controller uses USB technology to interface with your computer. USB is a “hot-swappable”
technology, meaning you can connect peripherals to the computer
while the power is on. However, to protect the sensitive electrical
components inside your computer (and inside the FunPad pro),
we recommend turning your computer’s power off before
connecting the FunPad pro. After turning off your computer,
please follow these steps:
1. Plug the FunPad pro’s USB connector firmly into an available USB port of your computer.
(NOTE: On most Apple computers, the USB ports can be found
on the keyboard or in the back panel of the computer. If
all ports are occupied, you may need to plug the FunPad
pro’s USB connector— and any other USB devices cur rently connected to your computer—into a USB hub. Then
connect this hub to one of the newly vacated computer
2. After plugging the FunPad pro’s connector into your computer’s USB ports (or into a hub), turn your computer’s
power on and proceed to the next section in this manual“Software Installation.”
Software Installation
An installation CD comes bundled with the FunPad pro. This
CD contains the FunPad pro’s driver (a driver is a software program that gives your computer special instructions that make the
device work). After you have connected the FunPad pro’s USB
cable to your computer, please locate this CD and follow the
directions below.
1. Insert the FunPad pro CD into your computer’s CD-ROM
drive and wait several moments for your computer to read
the disc. A FunPad pro Installer screen appears with a
FunPad pro Installation Icon like the one below.
2. Double-click this icon. The following screen appears.
Figure 2 - Installer Screen
3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
4. After the installation is complete, restart your computer.
Programming the FunPad pro
With the FunPad pro cable attached to your computer and the
software installed you are almost ready to start playing games.
Before you do, you must program the buttons and switches on the
FunPad pro because these buttons are initially set to default values that may not be optimal for the game you want to play.
You can program the function buttons by selecting or choosing
an appropriate game set. (A game set is a group of prearranged
actions assigned to the buttons and switches of your FunPad pro.
For example, a game set for a boxing game could have function
button 2 correspond to “punch,” while a different game set
designed for a flight simulation game could have that same button
correspond to a “shoot” action). You can configure your FunPad
pro’s buttons in one of these four ways:
• Choose an existing game set that have been pre-programmed.
• Edit the existing game set and save as a new game set.
• Create an all-new game set.
• Use “Game Sprockets.”
(NOTE: Game Sprockets is an interface application that lets a
game-oriented input device—such as the FunPad pro—
communicate with your computer. Game Sprockets pro vides a user-friendly method of configuring your game
pad, and is supported by many games. Consult the man ual of the game you will be playing to find out if this
game supports Game Sprockets).
Choosing a Game Set
Choosing a game set is a quick and easy method of programming your FunPad pro’s buttons so that these buttons best correspond to the actions and movements required for the game you
want to play. To choose a game set from the list of those that
have been pre-programmed, follow the instructions below:
1. Select Macsense GameDevices in the control panel. The
FunPad pro setup menu (shown below) appears. Click the
Current Setting box and a pop-up menu appears.
2. Hold the mouse button down and drag the cursor to the
game set that best matches the game you will be playing.
When you have chosen a proper game set, release the
mouse button.
3. Exit the program and begin playing.
(NOTE: If you would like to make a slight modification to one of
the pre-programmed game sets, read the next section
“Editing a Game Set.”)
Figure 3 - Choosing a Game Set
Editing a Game Set
You may want to play a game for which we have not included
a pre-programmed game set. To Play this game you may need to
manually alter some of the functions of the FunPad pro’s buttons.
In the example that follows, we’ll show you how to edit a game
1. Select Macsense GameDevices in the control panel. The
FunPad pro setup menu (shown previous page) appears.
Click the Current Settings box and a pop-up menu
2. Hold the mouse button down and drag the cursor to the
game set that offers the closest match to the game you
will be playing. When you have chosen the game set you
want to modify, release the mouse button.
3. Click the Edit button and the “Edit Screen” shown below
Figure 4 Editing Button Action
(NOTE: From this screen you can edit several functions of the
FunPad pro.
To change an action associated with a function button :
4. Click button you want to alter. For example, select “Btn1”
to highlight this dialogue box.
5. Type the computer keyboard key representing a specific
action. Let’s assume for the purposes of this demonstration we want a “shoot” action, and let’s also assume that
the keyboard space bar represents a shooting action. If
you press the space bar, the name of this keystroke now
appears in the highlighted dialogue box as shown below.
You can also select a modifier to represent a shift, control,
option or command keystroke for the button that is highlighted.
(NOTE: If you don’t know what keystroke represents the specific
action you desire, consult the manual of the game you will
be playing. Also note that it is possible for multiple
FunPad pro buttons to represent the same keyboard “key stroke.”).
Figure 5 - Editing Button Action
6. Click Save to save your modifications under a default
name, or click Save As... to preserve these modifications
under a new name for the game set. Click Cancel if you
have made an error and do not wish to save the modifications you made.
(NOTE: If you want to remove a game setting for a game you no
longer play, select this game set from the Current Setting
menu and click Delete).
Creating an All-New Game Set
There is little difference between creating a completely new
game set and editing a pre-programmed game set. Simply
change all of the values for each of the button functions, and
instead of starting with a pre-programmed game set, start from
the default settings and follow the process described above in
“Editing a Game Set.” When it is time to save the new game set,
follow step 6 in the Editing a Game Set instructions and save the
entry under a name other than the default name.
Using Game Sprockets to Configure the FunPad Pro
Instead of to using the FunPad pro configuration options that
are included with the software, you can use Game Sprockets to
configure the buttons, switches, and directional movements of
your FunPad pro.
Game Sprockets is a software interface developed by Apple
that can be used to improve game play. This software works as a
middleman between the game and the input device, simplifying
the configuration process by mapping out the actions assigned to
each button or key. Both the game and the input device must support Game Sprockets to access this user-friendly format.
You can determine if the game you are playing supports Game
Sprockets by referring to the users manual for game you are playing.
If your game supports Game Sprockets, you can configure the
FunPad pro directly through the game controller settings option
for the particular game you are playing.
Control pad
1 all-directional control pad
Control Button
8 programmable buttons
Control Sticks
1 all-directional MiniStick, 1 Throttle/Rudder
USB Type B
Cable Length
140 cm
1.4 m
CE Approved
FCC Class B
190 grams (N.W.)
6.70 oz (N.W.)
0˚C to 50˚C (32˚F~122˚F)
-40˚C to 50˚C (-40˚F~122˚F)
10% to 80%
5% to 90%