Multi-Gestures: are they worth enabling?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bobright, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. bobright, Jun 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011

    bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    You know the workaround that enables them. Any apps that don't play well w/ them?
  2. hismikeness macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    Yes they are worth it. I have had no trouble with them cooperating with other apps. Everything is fine. Worth the $5 for Xcode.
  3. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Well I'm on windows so was going to enable them through some tutorial I seen posted. If I enable them can I disable them if I'd like or is there no going back?
  4. BlakeLiebenTH macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    From my experience, the gestures work perfectly with every app.

    I couldn't live without the gestures now, and I haven't touched the home button in months. Swiping up to access the multitasking bar, flicking through open apps, and pinching back to the home screen just seems far more natural than any button ever could.

    If I were you, I'd certainly give them a try. You'll never go back to the home button.
  5. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    How is it determined which apps are "open?" I mean, simply because it's in the tray doesn't mean it's open, so how does that work? Is it just a scroll of recently used apps?
  6. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    It's definitely worth it to install Xcode 3 and the iphone sdk (Both for free). It's much easier to use the gestures to close and switch between apps. I hardly use the home button anymore.

    That being said, the ipad locks up while watch full screen videos a lot now, especially those from and
  7. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    You basically scroll through the apps in the order that they are in the tray. Many times, the app will have to reload.

    OP, I would say just wait until iOS5 since you don't have easy access to xcode. The gestures are a game changer and are amazingly intuitive. I never touch the home button anymore.
  8. Blinny83 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    I agree with the previous posts. The gestures are definitely great. One problem that I've seen is when you're using an app that uses more than three fingers. I enabled them when I jailbroke through redsn0w. Free. ;)
  9. samywamy10 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
  10. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    LOL I never said I didn't know how to do them or asked how it was done.

    Anyway I enabled them and they're pretty sweet, wish they made the gestures to switch from app to app and pull up the task bar with a three finger swipe though. Feels awkward using all four but I'm just picky like that :p
  11. Tim9724 macrumors member

    May 12, 2011
    is there a way to do this running osx 10.5.8?
  12. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I've been using the gestures for awhile now. At first I thought they were gimmicky, but now that I'm used to them, I love it! Especially once I got my new iPad 2 a couple weeks ago. Makes the multitasking swiping nearly instantaneous and much more enjoyable and useful. I'm running iOS 5 now and the gestures seem just a little bit more responsive. You can even use four finger pinch instead of five to get to the springboard now which is nicer for me. But it only works if you use your thumb and three fingers. I know, weird, right? They coded that in. But that way is more natural. Sucks if you're missing a thumb though!

    An interesting aside: the gestures feel so great and natural that I find myself trying to swipe in Safari to go back. Maybe I'm channeling my MacBook Pro and that's why, but I don't see why Apple couldn't implement a three finger swipe gesture to navigate forward and backward through the history. Or maybe one to cycle through open tabs? It just feels like it needs it now. Maybe for 5.1 or 5.2?

    My wife has started using the gestures and has a good point. Why can't we pinch back in on the springboard to pull our app back up? She keeps doing that. Like a reverse home button gesture to go back.
  13. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    it's worth enabling. i never use the home button anymore. it just feels natural with screen this big.

    one thing to notice is when you're playing with garageband alot, sometimes the screen wobbles because 4 fingers on the piano and drum activate the gesture.
  14. hoanganh macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2011
    facetime, i don't know about others but everytime I use facetime, the multi gesture goes crazy!
  15. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
  16. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    yea, but you have to google it, as don't think you can say on here
  17. Blinny83 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    +1 Definitely! So used to it on the MacBook. Really cool in the Lion DP with the slide effect.
  18. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    I used it for a while but found it to be a real pain in the butt... I didn't like being swiped out of certain games, or playing a tune with a virtual piano and accidentally swiping.
  19. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    It would definitely have to have an easy on/off toggle.
  20. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
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    They've been really great almost instinct to use them but at times I still go for the home button LOL
  21. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    I agree.....3-fingers is so much more natural to me
  22. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Gestures are enabled by default on iOS 5 and can be turned off. FWIW, I think they're great and this from someone who wasn't fussed on the idea.
  23. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i hope there ia an exception setting for multitouch gesture like u have in location service setting in iOS 5 final.

    it's a pain to disable it before i want to play some piano or games that require many fingers.
  24. TheDoctah macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2008
    Brampton, ON
    Definitely worth it. I don't even use the home button anymore...:cool:
  25. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    I suppose if you frequently use apps that require 4 finger touch, etc then it could be annoying but in my case absolutely worth it. Like what another poster has said, I rarely touch the home button now.

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