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Title: Abbreviations List For New People
Post by: bluemanemt on 09:46 AM - 10/28/10
I just finished reading one person's support question and he brought up a good point. You guys use a lot of technical abbreviations or terms that are important but for new guys like myself and some others it goes right over our head and it takes quite a while for us to find the meaning.

For all of you pros out there could you post any abbreviations or terms you know of and define them and I'll compile a complete list at the top of this post.

A Tech Guide For Noobs.
(definitions I post are either terms I know or from definitions I've researched and post)

UDR - Update Rate
DPI - Dots Per Inch= this is a direct correlation to movement on the screen. For example: if you use a 1024x786 screen rez, and you having a 1000DPI mouse, it would 'technically' take 1 inch to move from one side to the other. higher dpi = more screen shots per 'movement cycle' which translates into a smoother movement of your mouse, and yields a higher speed.
EPP - Enhanced Pointer Precision= a feature of Microsoft that should be turned off.
ms - Millisecond= One thousandth (10-3) of a second.
Polling Rate=While tracking, a typical mouse will send its X and Y movement calculations, as well as information about which buttons are pressed, to the computer 125 times a second (meaning once every 8ms). This is known as a polling rate and is expressed in Hertz. Most mice often have a polling rate of 125Hz.
Polling can be seen as how many times a device "reports" information to a computer. When a device reports information once to the computer in one second, its polling rate is considered to be 1 Hertz. So if a mouse or keyboard says that it has a polling rate of 125 Hertz, this means that the device is reporting information 125 times in one second. The more times a device reports to the computer, the faster the computer will process this information for use in applications or games.
The higher the polling rate, the more often the computer receives information about the status of your mouse and the faster the computer can respond to your command. For instance, if you were to use a mouse with a polling rate of 1 Hz for a FPS, your computer would receive movement date once every second, which would result in your on screen avatar in moving once a second.
A standard polling rate of 125Hz is seen to be adequate for use in normal computer applications as an eight millisecond delay is negligible when navigating a desktop. However, when playing a game and directing actions in a FPS, RTS or virtually any other genre of game, an eight millisecond delay can cause slightly delayed reactions that would make the difference between life or death, defeat or victory.
Macros=Macros enable a user to program one button on a peripheral to perform a string of commands, whenever the button is pressed. A simple example of a macro is binding the forward thumb button on your mouse to mimic pressing "Ctrl" and "X" on your keyboard, to perform the "Cut" function in programs such as Microsoft Office.
Acceleration=Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity of the mouse, or how quickly it accelerates from one point to another. Each mouse has a specific acceleration rating, which is its limitation on speed of movement that its sensor can effectively detect. If the mouse is moved at a rate faster than its acceleration rating, the sensor would not be able to keep up and the cursor movement on the screen would not correspond to the mouse movement by the user.
Acceleration is measured in a unit of "g" (acceleration of gravity), where one g is equivalent to a rate of change of 9.8 m/s-2 (meters per second each second). Exceeding a sensor's g rating may cause the sensor to lose track of mouse movement.
A high Acceleration rating will ensure that your cursor never moves erratically in-game at crucial times when you need to make a quick swipe to turn and focus on a new target.
Acceleration is largely dependent on your playstyle and whether or not you are a low sensitivity gamer. If you are a low sensitivity gamer, you will often make very fast and large swipes across a mousing surface in order to quickly reorient yourself to a new target in-game. If a mouse�s acceleration rating cannot handle how quickly your hand moves the mouse each second, at any part of that second, the sensor will fail and the cursor will move around erratically.
ADS-Aiming Down Sight- most often referring to the fact that in most console games the looking speed is slower when ADS compared to normal looking.
Title: Re: Abbreviations List For New People
Post by: mist4fun on 11:03 AM - 10/28/10
Cool, thanks !
Title: Re: Abbreviations List For New People
Post by: Celldroid on 05:52 PM - 01/31/21
Man, you hit the nail on the head. Very confusing for new users and your compiling a list is a awesome idea.
Even though the post is fairly old, I will still make my suggestion.
I see it everywhere, but not any indication as to what it stands for.

What the heck does   ""  ST  ""   stand for ?

I have been searching so many posts now I am getting dizzy.
Always like to try and find things on my own, but no success this time.
It's a simple question, I could not find the answer to.
What does " ST " stand for ?
and maybe it should be added in a top tier sticky post.
                                                Thanx to a prospective moderator . 
Title: Re: Abbreviations List For New People
Post by: izziex on 01:10 PM - 02/12/21
Hi Celldroid,
first of I have to agree and thank the initial poster for compiling this list in the first place. It is extremely helpful to navigate through the forum posts and actually understand what is being discussed.
Concerning your question: Can you maybe provide some examples, in what context that abbreviation has been used? It maybe easier to make out what it could mean that way :)
Title: Re: Abbreviations List For New People
Post by: izziex on 04:24 AM - 02/13/21
Hi Celldroid,
I asked someone in another forum post, where the abbreviation "ST" has been used, what it stands for and they answered this:

"It stands for "Smart Translator". It's the primary technology behind XIM's mouse to stick conversion system. Since every game has a different aiming system, a unique "ST" is built per game (and between Hip and ADS of the game). It's based on a computer vision system that analyzes how a game's aim behaves.

Prior to this XIM had "Standard Translators"

This answer was given by an administrator (credit: OBsIV )

I hope this helps you out and answers your question :)