MBA/MBP Users- Are you actually using multi-touch?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by joeshell383, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. joeshell383 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2006
    Just wondering whether people are actually using the new multi-touch features like zoom, swipe, and rotate, or if it is just a gimmick. I am not asking about the old features (i.e. right-click).
  2. proof71991 macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    I often wonder the same thing. If I were to own a laptop with those features I cant see me using it, especially when I'm at home and using a bt mouse.
  3. Mercuric Oxide macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
    I used it the first day to test it out.

    After that, the only times I have used it is when my 2nd finger unintentionally hits the track pad and makes it zoom in ;) (which is really annoying)

    So no, I haven't had a need for it yet.
  4. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
  5. darwiniandude macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    I use them, and I will use them more when apple updates Safari to provide real pinch zooming. Firefox 3 beta zooms the whole page, a la safari on iPhone. Firefox 3 won't do this with pinching, and I don't want to use it anyway, I like Safari.

    i use pinch to zoom in quicktime player for full screen, and in finder in cover flow and icon view to get a better idea of sizes. MUCH quicker than Command + J and changing icon size obviously.

    3 finger swipe? Not so much, i forget it's there and go and click the back buttons. That's the main reason i don't use all the features, i keep forgetting they're there.


    I would like to be able to make the three-finger-swipe swap tabs in safari, more than forwards and back, for the way i browse. (going to a site, opening anything interesting in a tab)
  6. rom macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2006
    I use the multi-touch gestures except the rotate function.
  7. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    Swipe I use a lot, everything else almost never.
  8. psychoboyjack macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    Not a whole lot. I sometimes remember they're there but otherwise I use the keyboard short cuts as they require less effort.

    Plus Firefox doesn't support them. :(
  9. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    lol same. I hardly ever click on links anymore. Sometimes I have up to 20 tabs open at a time (especially when browsing these interesting forums hehe)
  10. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I tend to use the mouse at home and I forget about the multi-touch features; once in a while I'll remember and then use the zoom one or sometimes the scroll, but not too often. I'm more likely to use the touch pad when away from home and when I don't have a mouse available.
  11. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    Ok, that is cool - I will use this.

    I find myself using swipe a lot more than I thought I would. I think it just takes a little getting used to new gestures, and once you do you find yourself using them more and more.

    The only thing I'd like is for it to be more implemented consistently throughout Mac OSX. I try to swipe many things I would like to move to the next one, and it doesn't (for example photos in Photo Booth, widgets in the widget list, highlighted items in the finder and so on.).

    Also other areas - like why does pinch resize finder coverflow, but not itunes coverflow?
  12. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    Wirelessly posted (Apple Communication Device: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I use the three finger swipe religiously. It's so natural. I actually remember trying that gesture (with two fingers) before multi-touch to go back a page with no luck. It feels like it should have always been there.
  13. katejones macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2008
    I swipe alittle, but im pretty disappointed in it really, after going from an ipod touch to osx , mutlitouch feels very neglected. Hopefully they increase it's functionality ASAP to be more inline with the touch/iphone
  14. pughchrism macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2007
    i use them and love them. when i use another laptop i find myself trying to use them :D
  15. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Love zooming in and out. Makes for reading fine print a breeze. And for ogling pics and stuff. :D

    Love rotating in Preview. Whee!

    And yes, I'm ashamed to admit that the three-finger forward/backward has got me trying to be a full Safari convert, but I ono, I still really miss Camino. :eek:
  16. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    Firefox 3 Beta 4 + Multi-clutch - works like a dream.

    I've been working on a Dell laptop for a lot of today and kept going for the multi-touch stuff. Don't use rotate much though but all the others are pretty useful.
  17. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
  18. jas2ski macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2008

    to take full advantage of the new trackpad features one must use the program MultiClutch to enable customization of gestures throughout mac programs. It would be even better if Apple incorporated this technology into the operating system itself...but i who knows if that will ever happen.
  19. wgsohn macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2008

    Once I got used to it, I have been using it a lot. 3 finger swipe in Safari is very handy, I found. Zooming in/out with gestures is also useful from time to time, in particular in Safari and iPhoto.
  20. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I was using it a lot when I was using Safari. However I have switch to FireFox because the compatibility is so much better with DeviantART, and thus multi-touch does not in it now.
  21. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I switched from Firefox to safari... I use the 3 finger swipe all the time, but that's really the only multi-touch gesture I use.
  22. Zorn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2006
    Call me lazy, but I use the 2 finger scroll and the 3 finger swipe absolutely all the time, and miss them dearly when I'm on another computer.
  23. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I spend a fair bit of time working with PDFs, and have really gotten used to using all of the gestures on the trackpad. I've got my MBP on an iCurve and use a mouse and bluetooth keyboard, but sometimes I'll still reach up to use gestures on the trackpad.

    It's really nice having such an intuitive means of moving the cursor, zooming, scrolling and turning pages. Much faster than any keyboard+mouse combination.
  24. macsimonwoo macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    i use FF3 beta 4 & Multiclutch.

    uses multitouch most of the time. 3 finger swipe for navigation back and forward and zoom in zoom out to close tabs. That is by far the most important function necessary.
  25. wgsohn macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2008

    I second this. The same here :)

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