Synaptics Gesture Suite

Our Synaptics Gesture Suite™ (SGS), provides users with an intuitive way to interact productively with their notebook computer TouchPads. SGS was developed by analyzing the most common workflows from entertainment activities, such as viewing photos and listening to music, to productivity activities, such as accessing emails and presentations. The result is an intelligent usability model that makes it intuitive for consumers to understand and discover features easily, resulting in a better user experience. SGS represents a growing portfolio of gestures available on our interface solutions. These gestures are compatible with a wide range of Microsoft Windows and Linux applications to enhance the value and productivity of notebook PCs and peripheral devices that use our TouchPads. Gestures currently in the market include Pinch, Rotate, ChiralMotion Scrolling, Two-Finger Scrolling, Three-Finger Flick, Three-Finger Down, and Four-Finger Flick.

Synaptics Gesture Suite™ Linux for TouchPads

Synaptics Gesture Suite™ Linux (SGS-L) provides users with a powerful and intuitive way to be more productive and interactive with their Linux-based notebook systems. SGS-L was developed from analyzing the most common workflows, from entertainment activities such as viewing photos and listening to music, to productivity activities such as accessing emails and presentations. The result is an enhanced usability model that makes it intuitive for consumers to easily understand and discover features.

The SGS-Linux (SGS-L) operating environment enables OEMs to leverage a broad range of gesture capabilities across Linux operating systems, and offers extensibility into new Linux variants such as Google ChromeOS and touch-enabled remote control devices.

Supported Linux operating systems include Fedora, Millos Linpus, Red Flag, SLED 11 (SuSE), Ubuntu, and Xandros. SGS-L includes a wide range of pointing enhancements and gestures including Two-Finger Scrolling, PinchZoom, TwistRotate, Three-Finger Flick, Three-Finger Press, Momentum™ and ChiralScroll™.

SGS-L is provided free of charge to Synaptics OEM/ODM partners when ordered with Synaptics TouchPad and ClickPad™ products. To find out more about Synaptics Gesture Suite for Linux, please contact your Synaptics sales representative.

Why Choose It?

  • Industry’s broadest Linux gesture suite - available today and compatible with Synaptics industry leading TouchPad family
  • Customizable to OEMs’ exacting specifications
  • Ensures optimized interoperability of gestures, proven usability performance, and minimal gesture interpretation errors
  • Available for a wide range of popular Linux operating systems

To learn more about various gestures, read and watch videos below.

Two-Finger Scrolling and Two-Finger Reverse Scrolling

How to use Two-Finger Scrolling and Two-Finger Reverse Scrolling:

Place two fingers slightly separated on the TouchPad. Slide both fingers in unison up or down for vertical navigation, and left or right for horizontal navigation. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Delivers scrolling functionality in Windows applications by using two fingers moving vertically or horizontally anywhere on the TouchPad. Scrolling speed is controlled by finger speed.

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Two-Finger Pinch Zoom

How to use Two-Finger Pinch Zoom:

Place two fingers slightly separated on the TouchPad. Slide both fingers, using a straight continuous motion, closer together to zoom-out. Slide both fingers farther apart to zoom-in. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Delivers zooming functionality in many Windows applications. Two-Finger Pinch Zoom can be used to zoom-in on or zoom-out of photos, maps, or documents. Now enhanced with PointZoom® for intelligent zoom control. Users surfing the Web can pinch over a site’s text enlarging the font and pinch over a map zooming in on the map – all in the same browser window.

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Two-Finger TwistRotate

How to use Two-Finger TwistRotate:

Place two separated fingers on the TouchPad. Move both fingers in an arching motion while maintaining uniform finger separation (clockwise arching motion initiates right rotation, and counter-clockwise motion initiates left rotation). The gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Allows the user to rotate photos and other items in 90-degree increments with one, smooth, circular motion. Operates universally for both right and left hand users.

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Two-Finger PivotRotate

How to use Two-Finger PivotRotate:

Place two separated fingers on the TouchPad. Retain one finger in fixed position, and move other finger in an arching motion while maintaining uniform finger separation. Left arching motion initiates left rotation. Right arching motion initiates right rotation. The gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Allows the user to rotate photos and other items in 90-degree increments with one, smooth, circular motion. Support for both right and left handed operation.

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Three-Finger Flick

How to use Three-Finger Flick:

Place three fingers slightly separated on the TouchPad. Flick the three fingers across the TouchPad (up/down/left/or right) in a linear, continuous motion. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Provides enhanced navigation and application control for rapidly paging through documents, photos, presentations, and other files.

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Three-Finger Press

How to use Three-Finger Press:

Place three fingers horizontally on the Touchpad surface and hold for a minimum period. Lift fingers up.

Benefits:

Enables users to quickly launch up to six user-defined applications.

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Momentum™

How to use Momentum:

Place one finger on the TouchPad and flick finger in desired direction of cursor motion. Gesture ends when finger is lifted.

Benefits:

Delivers smooth, fast, trackball-like cursor motion. One quick flick of the finger across the TouchPad surface can move the cursor across the entire computer screen. Ideal for use with computer gaming applications.

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ChiralScroll™

How to use ChiralScroll:

Place one finger on the “target” zone (the right side of the TouchPad to scroll up or down, the lower edge of the TouchPad to scroll left or right). Slide finger in the desired direction of scrolling and begin making a circular motion. Gesture ends when finger is lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Allows the user to scroll continuously with one, smooth, circular motion. Scrolling speed is controlled by finger speed. Linear scrolling works with most scrollable windows such as documents, spreadsheets, large digital images, and other scrollable items such as file lists and font lists.

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Linear Scrolling

How to use Linear Scrolling:

Place finger on right edge of the TouchPad and slide finger upwards or downwards along the right edge to scroll vertically. Place finger on lower edge of TouchPad and slide finger to the left or right along the lower to scroll horizontally. Gesture ends when finger is lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

The linear scrolling feature allows you to operate the scroll bars of the selected window automatically; there is no need to move the pointer away from your work.

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