How to macro program the Dual Strike in Windows 8
By far I consider the Dual Strike Sidewinder the best Frist Person Shooter (FPS) controller device.
Sadly though this controller is no longer manufactured and although Windows 8 does include the needed drivers the bundled software that allows you to program and create macros no longer works - without this functionality the controller is nothing but a shadow of it's potential.
Xpadder to the rescue
I stumbled onto this utility after reading this post and in my testing it is the perfect solution, not only for this controller but for any that you mihgt have and not only for controller aware games! That is if you ever wanted to play Minecraft, Xenominer, or Starmine with your favorite controller well with Xpadder you can make that happen.
Yes it's not free and costs $9.99, yes it's not the best looking software, and yes the site look like it was made at the same time as my Dual Strike Sidewinder stopped selling but it does work and is easy to use.
Xpadder Dual Strike Profile
Save yourself couple of hours and download my ready made SideWinder Dual Strike USB version 1.xpaddercontroller profile file where all the buttons/functions are mapped but macros are left blank to be defined as per your needs.
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Mouse Mapping Flaws
As I continued utilziing the software I've noticed that there is huge room for improvement when it comes to mouse movement emulation. I believe there should be an ability to map anolog (joy)stick position to a view port rather than accelerated movement, see my Better Mouse Emulation post.