OK, had a bit of play time and managed to program the Space Pilot as a 2D mouse. Well it's a start. I can pitch and spin, however the spin is inverted and so far I haven't found how to invert the rotation in spin. Another feature worth programming onto a button is default view, on the Mac that is ⌘ 1
These are the initial settings I am playing with, even with the inverted rotation my space mouse hand now has a purpose and at least I get a response when I reach for it, unlike the months I have subconsciously gone for it and been frustrated.
Anyway, hope this gives others the nudge to discover more than me and progress this further.
p.s The above, only the green axis are mouse enabled, the blue axis cause me too many issues whilst trying to program them.