A Gesture is a
mapping of a Chord
with a Slide or Tap to perform an action (such as a
thumb+finger tap set to a "Copy" action). In this
section we will learn how to edit/add gestures on our
FingerWorks device. Below is the default gesture mapping
for the 2 Fingertip chord. Notice there are two gestures
associated with this chord: a sliding "Point Event"
(mouse movement) and a tapping "Primary Click Event" (left
Addition/Removal section is used to add or remove slides and
taps to the current chord selected. For this example,
lets remove the current assigned slides and taps and re-add
them manually to this chord (keeping their functions the
same). Clicking the "Defaults" button will always reset
the chord with its default gesture mapping.
To remove a slide or tap you
1. Right mouse click on the slide/tap on the left and select
2. Drag the slide/tap button on the right to the trash icon in
the bottom right.
Here is a picture of the chord without
any gestures mapped to it.
Notice there are now a bunch of new
icons in the Gesture Addition/Removal section. These
buttons represent different types of slides or taps and
clicking them adds them to the chord. Below is a chart
explaining some of the different types of slides and taps
||This is a tap involving
one or more fingers.|
||These are movements
that require holding down a button at the beginning and
releasing the button at the end. An example of
this is the "Drag" gesture.|
||These represent mouse
wheel movements such as scrolling (up and down) and even
panning (left to right). |
||These are slides
representing single or multiple directions.|
contraction and expansion of a thumb and a combination
of fingers. The single direction versions are
often called pinches and flicks.|
||These are rotations of
a thumb and a combination of fingers.
We will add a "tap" and an "all direction slide"
. Our window should now look like
Now we will add left mouse click and
mouse pointing actions back to these gestures. First we
will add the mouse pointing. Click on the box that
says "Empty", the screen will switch to
Click "change" button and the
Key/Mouse/Macro Event editor should pop up. We will
assign the "Point Event" macro to this action as shown
below. Hit "ok" to close the window.
Some gestures like mouse pointing have
sensitivity settings that must be set correctly. This
can be done by selecting the "Slide Motion" tab as seen
The default speed for
mouse pointing is 130. Some slides have "Special Properties"
that can be set at this window as well. The most common
property set is "One Shot" which when selected will
limit the action of the gesture to once per slide.
"Fast Shot" on the other hand will repeat the action
unless the slide is performed quickly.
Now that we have finished with
mouse pointing, we can repeat set a left mouse click in a
similar way. First click on the "Empty" tap found under
the "Point and Click" hand in the left side of the picture
above. The properties box will be shown just like before
and again we will click the "change" button to bring up the
Key/Mouse/Macro Event editor.
This time we will select the
Event Macro "Primary Click Event". Once that is set we
can hit :"ok". Clicking the "Point and Click" hand on
the left should now show the same gesture mappings we
started out with.
Now we are ready to transfer
our settings to our FingerWorks device.