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More iPhone Gestures, Please
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by Tony Walsh on July 21, 2008 @ 9:25 pm
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Despite being a surprisingly liberating piece of technology (in terms of getting me away from my desk where I can actually think about things), I'm still grouchy over a handful of iPhone oversights. Number one at the moment--the stunning lack of a copy/paste feature. Which leads to a few related thoughts:

1) Why does the iPhone, a mini-computer, insist on pretending its just a phone?
2) Let's please have a toggle between "Power User" and "Hapless N00b."
3) More iPhone gestures, please.

I get that the screen is small. I get that there aren't supposed to be buttons all over the place. But for us interactive-literate types, why not provide another layer of functionality? For example, at least one iPhone app I've heard of erases something when the phone is shaken gently back and forth. Nice. More gestures, please. And not cop-outs like plain old sliding or dragging, either. Here's my proposal for copy/paste:

Put your finger on the thing you want to copy, keep your finger down, and draw a "C" shape. The thing is copied. Then, put your finger where you want to paste the thing you copied and draw a "V" shape. The thing is pasted with a couple finger-flicks. Was that so hard? Christ.
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Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though.
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Written by GeorgeR on July 22, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
in More iPhone Gestures, Please (comment #5466)

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I vote for popup radial menus.

Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc.
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Written by nerfgun on August 14, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
in More iPhone Gestures, Please (comment #5468)

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