Under review

Text navigation and selection by dragging finger using one navigation key

Milan 11 years ago in General updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 11 years ago 3

In a demo of http://www.becomekodiak.com I have seen a Navigation key on the keyboard row (confessed to be inspired by Textastic). I would guess that it was inspired from http://worqshop.com/ but I haven't seen Workshop in action. I find it quite handy, as it doesn't take much space and can be quicker than arrows.

How it works: you press the button and then drag your finger in a direction - mouse cursor moves. Than you press the button again and mouse cursor moves again, now selecting the text.

To add that, I'd have to remove an existing key to make room for such a key. I couldn't find one that I could easily remove without an uproar from existing users. :)

I see. I don't really want to suggest to remove any of the buttons. My main concern with the current control is that it is too big and I liked the way that navigation worked in the demo.

I have few ideas for you to choose from:

  1. Add a control (button) to the existing control that will work the same as described.
  2. Make the navigation control smaller - consider make it really smaller as whole and additinally (more import), the arrows could threre without the button background and the space around could be transparent (but eventually still available for touch). Maybe some appropriate level of transparency could be useful for the middle part as well.
  3. Add a "Dot" Button to the center of the screen, it would be an imaginery additinal row. This dot could be useful in readonly mode (without keyboard) too. For sure please add an option (maybe to the top bar next the eye icon) to switch this option on/off because you never know if everybody will like it.

Thanks, I'll see what I can do.