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Experimental Firefox Allows Multitouch Interaction

Hot on the heels of Apple’s new MacBook line — which among other things, offers a multitouch trackpad –coming to market, we’re seeing the first third party applications which support multitouch gestures. Mozilla is the first to the party, and has now made available an experimental build that will support multitouch gestures from within Firefox.

With this experimental build (need we point out, this is OS X only, and then, only if you have a shiny new MacBook or MacBook Pro with full glass trackpad, or MacBook Air) you’ll gain the ability to:

  • Swipe forward and backward (like the buttons on your browser)
  • Pinch to zoom in and out
  • Twist from tab to tab

Any of you who are in a position to take advantage of this cool new feature in Firefox, can thank Edward Lee for his efforts on this work. He details his progress here, if you’re interested in taking a look.

What’s much more interesting to me in this news, is the rapid emergence of the third party software developers taking advantage of the new hardware feature. Adobe’s CS4 suite is supposed to utilize the same thing in some cases. Are there any others out there right now that also leverage this functionality? I’d love to hear your thoughts on killer apps for multitouch trackpads. I think photos and graphics are the obvious targets off the bat. Being the Quicksilver junkie that I am, I’d love to see the Gestures plugin capability expanded to work with multitouch. That kind of feature would really explode the functionality (for me) that I get from Quicksilver!

So let’s hear it — what do you crave (as far as multitouch support goes) from third party software vendors?

Via MozillaLinks

9 Responses to “Experimental Firefox Allows Multitouch Interaction”

  1. I keep reading articles about multi-touch indicating that you have to have a glass trackpad MBP. I’ve got a previous generation (non-glass trackpad) MBP and it does multi-touch gestures just fine (pinch resizing, two-finger scrolling and three-finger forward/back).