• Windows 8 testing

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by ivanadmin in Desk & Archive.

    While Desk & Archive is more geared toward document creation and editing, and thus keyboard and mouse, I have tried to see how well it performs with touch screen and Windows 8.

    Well, first good news – Desk & Archive has no compatibility issues with Windows 8. Also, you will feel some of novelty with new dialogs when duplicate file is being moved or copied.

    But if you use touch screen? Well, with few tips you can get your work done.

    1. It is important to set appropriate dpi for screen. It seems that at least some OEMs still ship their devices with default screen dpi. This leads to many problems, including tiny text and tiny controls. So by default, you might have trouble hitting commands, but this is not just about Desk & Archive, it is about every desktop application out there. To set it, open Control panel (you can call it by opening Start screen, showing toolbar, selecting All applications and taping on Control panel), and then open Personalization and from the left side chose Display (you can also reach Personalization segment by right clicking on the Desktop and choosing Personalize). Value of 125% will probably work for 10″ tablet with resolution of 1366×768, but depending on your device and preference you might want to chose another value. After that,  you will feel more pleasant, and your fingers will hit targets more easily. Just to note that this will also increase text in Internet explorer by default, but modern Internet explorer has separate setting for this, and you can revert text to old size if you prefer like that (though you will probably not prefer it).
    2. Be aware of expanding context menus. As there is no mouse over in desktop mode, there is no visual sign that context menu items don’t work only as commands, but could also expand into submenus. A little bit of gesture practicing is required – first you should hold your finger over menu items until the submenu opens, and then drag finger to submenu item and lift it up. After some practice,  you will probably prefer to slowly swipe over context menu item, and if you swipe slowly enough, submenu will open and you will naturally continue your movement to submenu.

    Still, everything is not perfect and currently you cannot vertically scroll by swiping finger over the list, it will initiate drag, rather. This is the price of custom controls that Desk & Archive is using to achieve its unique functionality, but there will probably be some fix for this in some of the next versions.

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