A big bummer that in the library grid mode (or any other scrollable part of lightroom) I can't scroll with my touchscreen monitor like I can in IE or Chrome or Word etc.?? What is touchscreen compatible in lightroom? I would love for lightroom to be touchscreen friendly.
Not sure what you mean by "touch screen monitor":
I use a Wacom Cintiq monitor and that works perfectly with Lightroom in all modules, has done so since Lr3.0 thru to 4.1
So I use a pen directly on the screen like a tablet.
What is your monitor, your driver? What are you trying to do and what is the reaction?
When using Windows 7 built-in touchscreen/tablet functionality with a multi-touch compatible monitor, most larger popular programs will let you scroll vertically by just sliding your finger up or down anywhere within the active window, just like an ipad to scroll up or down. You don't have to use the scroll bars on the edge of the window which makes it nice to work through web pages, pdf files, word files etc. Lightroom 3's library grid scrolls up and down, BUT you cant just finger slide up or down within the window area like most other programs, you have to resort to using the default small scroll bars on the side of the grid (which are too small for finger-touch sliding. thus killing the functionality of the touchscreen monitor).
I am slightly hand impaired from doing tons of mousework but can work through many pages by touch. I know that lightroom is not built as a "touch-enabled" program (most aren't) but I was hoping, at least, the scrolling functionality that works with most others would work with lightroom.
I own an Acer t231h 23" HD monitor with multi-touch capability with windows 7 64bit running an Intel I5 with 8gbs Ram, with a second 23" Dell monitor. The acer monitor lays at 30degrees on my table and so I can stand over it and easily take care of business (still using mouse for 50% of work).
You are right: in LR you still need to use the special areas of UI to perform tasks. General gestures do not work.
Holding a pen is as bad for your impairment as using a mouse?
Have you tried with a mouse-replacement on a keyboard which is a (circular) flat touch pad with buttons for left/right-click?
Or a contour shuttle pro device like Victoria Bampton suggests?
... I am just thinking what could work for you immediately with current functionality...
I was actually coming to the forums here to compliment Adobe on implementing touch sensitive scrollable areas in Lightroom 4! I installed the trial on my HP TouchSmart TM2 tablet running Windows 8 Release Preview the other day and was surprised to see that SOME areas were actually scrollable via touch (without having to target that tiny scrollbar that doesn't resize based on user preference). The folders panel on the left in Library view seems to work consistently. At one point I felt like multi-touch zooming was actually kind of working too, but then it stopped working. There are other bugs, as well... horizontal scrolling doesn't work in the filmstrip at the bottom. Scrolling sometimes works in the right panel. Maybe it depends on where you touch. At one point I touched some part of some other area and dragged up and down, but that caused the horizontal filmstrip panel at the bottom to scroll left and right.
So to me it seems like Adobe is actually working on some touch-screen enhancements for Lightroom since none of that worked on Lightroom 3.x. Hopefully they'll continue to add support since having the full Lightroom on a tablet like the upcoming Surface Pro would be extremely cool. Although, it could be that Windows 8 is somehow forcing touch scrollable areas onto Lightroom 4... hence the bugginess.
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