05-26-2011 11:40 AM
I love my PlayBook! The device and OS are great foundations for an excellent tool.
One of the innovative ideas is the use of the Bezel to execute special functions - bring up the keyboard, access the system menu, etc. It is a GREAT Idea!
I have never been a big fan of Touch (it's one of the reasons I returned my Torch which I loved - but that's another story). One of MY big problems is scrolling. Although I've adapted decently to this, I constantly find myself doing things I don't want to do when I'm scrolling because instead of scrolling, an item on the screen I'm trying to scroll gets activated instead of allowing me to "push" the screen up/down/left/right. I can't believe I'm so inept that I'm the only person that suffers this problem.
So here's the idea. You've got that nice big bezel sitting there doing nothing while I'm trying to scroll and going off in all directions. Why not allow me to scroll by swiping the bezel area? Swipe up or down the left or right side of the bezel (or swipe left or right on the top or bottom bezel) and this would scroll the contents of the screen with no possibility of accidentally "setting off" some other "tap" link on the screen.
I have no idea if this is an original idea, but I would LOVE to have the ability to do this! Likewise, zooming in and out could be controlled by pinching or stretching the bezel areas - again preventing accidentally activating any items on the screen - and the side benefit of the stretch/shrink being confined to either horizontal or vertical. BTW - I've already checked and these actions don't do anything right now, so there's no conflict with existing gestures as far as I can tell.
So what do you think? Am I just a total spaz, or is this a good idea?
05-26-2011 12:10 PM
Why not allow me to scroll by swiping the bezel area? Swipe up or down the left or right side of the bezel (or swipe left or right on the top or bottom bezel) and this would scroll the contents of the screen with no possibility of accidentally "setting off" some other "tap" link on the screen.
Agreed, as well.
I've had some things activated as well while scrolling. I notice that if I 'flick' the scroll quick enough, I don't any touch event (like activating the web browser) as often.
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05-26-2011 12:19 PM
05-26-2011 03:02 PM
i will like to have arrow-keys so i can select or move to the letter/character i want to delete/copy etc instead of tapping the screen and hoping to hit the right letter.
05-28-2011 04:32 PM
It would be nice to have a keyboard mode that would cause it to function like the keyboard of the Blackberry phone we've grown used to. The '@' should have a place on the default screen. And the keyboard should show all the keys the phone does, so that an 'alt' key could invoke them for one push.
Arrows would also be fantastic. Editing text is completely hit and miss at the moment.
05-28-2011 10:31 PM
I agree that some form of CURSOR control is needed, at least, by some of us.
Editing text is not very easy. Praying I hit the "sweet spot" for editing is a drag. Particularly in fields (browser address bar) where you cannot pinch/zoom to increase the size. Finger tap, too far left, finger tap, too far right, oh, too far left again. Up a line.....
Opening another keyboard, a curosr keyboard or keypad would be really terrific. Another keyboard swipe from the lower right on a diagonal - open a cursor keypad with left/right/up/down, pageup/down/home/end. Feel free to adopt this - I have no patent rights on it yet!
05-28-2011 10:39 PM
I think the cursor control that I have on my iPhone is really great and would be perfect on the Playbook.. If you aren't familiar with how the iPhone works, when you place your finger on the screen and hold it there a couple of seconds then a magnifing glass pops up above your finger and shows you where your cursors is and as you move your finger the magnifinge glass moves with it and shows the position of the cursor moving also in the magnified view. Butthat is one way to do it.. works well.
05-29-2011 05:24 PM
05-29-2011 07:42 PM
Hey guys, bad news I think. I'm pretty sure the bezel gestures work by sensing when a touch event starts at the very edge of the screen, not by the actual bezel being touch sensitive.