Three finger drag results in animation lag?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by NeonBible, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
    I notice when I move Safari-tabs, move documents to the trash can, mark text with PopClip, some lags and latency do occur when using three finger drag. If I do the same actions without three finger drag, no lag occurs. Does anyone else notice this and are there some solutions to avoid the animation lag?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    For me, a 3-finger drag changes spaces, so I'm not sure what you are talking about.
  3. macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    In trackpad preferences you can tick a box that allows the 3 finger drag.


    I haven't noticed a lag... What are your Mac's specs?
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Just try moving a Safari-tab one place to the right (with three finger drag). Right before it changes place, you can see a little lag. Now, try again with a physical click to move. You'll notice a difference. I've reinstalled twice, actually, and I still have the lag when using three finger drag.

    I own an MBA mid 2012 base 13 inch but also had the same 'problem' with my mid 2011 MBA.
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I've been using 3-finger drag for a long time now. I don't notice any lag when starting a drag or stopping it, until it was pointed out here.

    I believe the delay (not a performance lag) is so you can reposition your fingers to continue a drag (where you have hit the edge of the trackpad) - the same way you would do it with a mechanical click and drag. If it wasn't there, you wouldn't have time to reposition before the OS stopped the drag. This is especially important if you are dragging to a Mission Control hot-corner to drop the item on an app window in another space.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
    Ah, thank you! It makes much sense! :)

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