Friday, March 19, 2010

Pin Zoom in xScope

With Apple enforcing their multitouch patents, nothing like a fresh and original idea that does away with the pinch-to-zoom method used on the iPhone.

I present you xScope's Pin Zoom.

Although xScope also supports pinch to zoom in multitouch android devices, this Pin Zoom function looks a lot better: not only working even without multitouch support, but also allowing for single hand operation - something that's almost impossible to do with the pinch to zoom (just try it out, go on.)

It's quite simple:
  1. Tap on the screen
  2. Tap and hold on the same place
  3. Slide your finger to zoom in/out
You can see it in action in the following video:

If you aren't ready for a touch screen mobile phone, then you'll better start worrying, as these type of devices are becoming harder and harder to find..


  1. Really? Pinch to zoom is "almost impossible" with a single hand? Pinch to zoom is so much more intuitive and works well.

  2. Yes, it's nearly impossible with a *single hand*.
    I'm assuming you're not counting the hand holding the device. :P

    Imagine you're holding a beverage in one hand, and your "iPhone" on the other... Now lets try and see you doing a pinch-zoom *single-handedly* in an easier way than this pin zoom.


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