Getting Multi-Touch on the TouchPad to Windows 7


Multi-touch is cool and useful but unfortunately it doesn’t come naturally with any version of Windows, including Windows 7. I bet if you watch how people use their multi-fingers on their Mac you would wish you could do the same thing on your Windows 7 powered computer. Here, if you have Synaptics TouchPad equipped computer like laptop, you are about to get something similar.

The new Synaptics Gesture Suite device driver is now equipped with Scrybe gesture workflow technology, meaning that you can finally experience the scrolling, zooming, and rotating gestures on your TouchPad equipped computer.

Looks cool, doesn’t it? Let’s head over to the driver’s page to get this cool thing downloaded. It supports to almost all Windows Operating System, including Windows 7, both 32bit and 64bit.

Once you have the drive loaded and have your computer restarted, you are ready to rock. The Scrybe icon is silencely running in the system notification area. You can right click on it to get more options.

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Now, open a webpage that has multiple pages long, and try your two fingers scratch the TouchPad to scroll the page.

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You can also use your two fingers to zoom in and out the web page or a photo.

Tapping your 3 fingers brings up its launch pad. Draw a symbol and it will launch the application assigned to that symbol. For example, I just drew a question mark that would launch the search automatically for me.

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It’s got a list of gesture symbols predefined but you can definitely add more onto the list.

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Depending on what type of TouchPad you have got on your computer, you might get different result from the multi-touch experience. I’ve tested it on my Lenovo ThinkPad T420S laptop and I can get most of it on my laptop but not all of them. So if you happen to have a laptop that has the TouchPad on it, you may want to give this a try.



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