left/right click functionality on pencil

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kostas3000, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Kostas3000 macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2016
    New York
    I have tried to do real work on my iPadPro such as work on projects that require access to multiple file types (photos, videos, office documents etc). iCloud has kind of minimized (but not eliminated) the issue with file system of iOS. There are still the limitations of not being able to open multiple files of the same type side by side (except for Safari tabs). The biggest limitation that still remains is the difficult navigation/data editing due to the absence of mouse. Try editing an Excel spreadsheet on iPad and you will understand what I am saying. The finger cannot provide the accuracy of clicking exactly where you want. This functionality can only be achieved by clicking with the pencil and adding somehow the ability to left/right click with the pencil. Any thoughts on that?
  2. Starfia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2011
    I think some developers would agree with you, and the fact of the matter is that it’s their choice how they implement Pencil functionality in their applications. For example, Procreate (which without the Pencil, only allows for the use of one painting tool at a time) can interpret Pencil strokes as brushstrokes and finger strokes as smudging gestures. A spreadsheet developer could provide the option of deeper pressure with the pencil tip as a request for a contextual menu, and so on.

    That’s also true about multiple file types – there’s no reason why an iOS application couldn’t deal with two documents at once; it’s just been a less in-demand use case on iOS so far, I think.

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