03-08-2011 09:05 AM
Those swipes are already assigned from what we know:
Swipe Up from bottom bezel will minimize the active application.
Left/Right swipe from bezel will switch active applications.
Within the document you will be able to swipe, so if you're in the document and you swipe from bottom to top within the document (not using bezels) it will scroll the document. I would assume the same functionality would work for left/right swipes within the document.
03-08-2011 06:39 PM
He doesn't mean swipe up from the bottom, he said Swipe up/down on the SIDE (or left/right on the bottom) which to the best of my knowledge hasn't been assigned to anything yet.
It's an interesting suggestion. But, there is the issue of conflicting with standard gestures. While a vertical swipe along the side bezel could be used for scrolling or zooming, we already have certain conventions for that (dragging to pan and pinching to zoom). Adding an additional non-conventional Playbook specific gesture may be more confusing than helpful and work against the wondeful simplicity of the current UI design.
03-08-2011 06:47 PM
Also don't forget the swiping up from the bottom left brings up the keyboard, and swiping down from either side shows the notifications/time bar (although i believe with both of these the swipe has to finish on screen). Either way, it may be too difficult to determine exactly where the swipe is starting and stopping to use swipes within the bezel.
Unless I'm mistaken though, TAT is working on the bezel gestures and it has been hinted that RIM might have some showstopper features still coming. However this could all just be speculation.
03-08-2011 07:39 PM
The bezel gestures are mostly for system navigation. Minimizing apps, switching between minimize apps, and bring up the system keyboard / status bar. The only exception to this is the down swipe from the top bezel. Recommend for application menus but can be used for anything you want.
In my opinion I don't see why you want to do that since it's easy to scroll on the screen on top of your app.
03-08-2011 07:52 PM
last i heard, RIM was working with TAT on improving the bezel gestures - so id imaging they might be adding more functionality to it even now. cant wait to see what they made.
05-13-2011 05:19 PM
05-13-2011 06:37 PM
The touch-sensitive area in the bezel is likely too small to be very usable for this, unfortunately. It's only 27 pixels or less (doesn't appear to be an exact cutoff point) which is 0.16" or only 4mm.
Are you sure Peter? I can scroll on the side bezel in about a quarter of an inch. It's not in the center of the bezel but close. If there isn't an exact cutoff point maybe it's not the same on different PlayBooks.
How are you getting the number of pixels in the bezel?
05-13-2011 06:43 PM
I'm not just looking at my finger. I wrote a test app to monitor the reported pixel coordinates for touch events, and slowly (and quickly, a hundred or so times) swiped my finger out of the screen towards the edge of the device, and noted where it last reported a MOVE event (and generated an UP/TAP pair to finish things off).
On each of the four bezel areas, regardless of orientation of the device, I can get approximately 27 pixels beyond the row of pixels along the edge of the screen. Usually it's more like 26 or 25, as it's very hard to actually get to the "final" coordinates, which is why I said it's approximate.
Given pixel spacing of 0.15mm, that gives 4.05mm or 0.159" of touch-sensitive space.
05-13-2011 07:06 PM
I'm slowly scrolled up and down on the bezel moving my finger out slowly until it stops scrolling. I'm just eyeballing it but it's more that a quarter of an inch. I'll write something up and see how many pixels it is.