02-26-2013 03:31 AM
The Yoga is my 1st Windows machine in years. Coming from various MacBook(s) Pro(s) I dearly miss the capabilities and configurability of Apple's multitouch touchpad. While responsibility of the Synaptics device is fairly decent I haven't found an experience that is anything close to the one perceived on the MacBook touchpad. Latter in combination with BetterTouchTool is my weapon of choice when it comes to productivity. It offers almost unlimited configurability, that is, I can design/configure any gesture I desire and link it to a keystroke for instance. It's just perfect since I am not into Apple's predefined gesture settings at all.
Now I have spent endless hours in getting this back on my new Yoga. At least I am now able to use 3 finger swipes for back/forward navigation. However, this is just a fraction of what I need/want. That's why I am looking for a way to either be able to modify the driver myself (open source, Lenovo/Synaptics?) or get access to an API I can build on. Obviously I'd prefer latter option. Synaptics is touting their Gesture Suite but I cannot find a download somewhere. I'm afraid it's OEM only. And if that's the config app that comes with the standard Synaptics driver it's just pathetic.
So does anyone have a clue on how we can significantly improve the performance of this otherwise very nice laptop?
Thanks in advance,
02-26-2013 01:58 PM
02-27-2013 07:39 AM - edited 02-27-2013 07:40 AM
To be honest I never put much hope on my request.
However, I consider the requested functionality crucial if a company wants its products to compete with Apple's. I do not expect anything but just wanted to express my discontent about the current status since I am still hoping for thoroughly thought though, more sophisticated products in the future
About the driver update: as I stated in my initial post if been experimenting with drivers quite a bit.
02-27-2013 10:50 AM
What did you do to get 3-finger forward/back swipe on the Lenovo touchpad? I would like to configure that without downgrading to drivers that don't cooperate with shutting off the touchpad when the screen is folded back for tablet mode.
02-27-2013 11:31 PM
This has been discussed in a different thread.
Basic steps are:
- uninstalling current driver
- installing Synaptics driver
- configuring touchpad to one's liking
- installing Lenovo drivr again
Please see for yourself (it's message #4, didn't figure how to link directly): touchpad thread
04-20-2013 02:54 PM - last edited on 04-24-2013 12:03 AM by andyP
Synaptics actually does have an API though they don't really market it: http://www.synaptics.com/resources/developers
There are less than a handful of projects out on the net that use their API, one specifically that you should look at is 'two-finger-scroll': http://code.google.com/p/two-finger-scroll/
I am currently working on a replacement windows driver for an Acer Aspire S7, which has an Elantech touchpad, however, the concept is the same. And I am pursuing for the same reason: to build a better touchpad interaction than what the manufacturers provide.
As of today (April 20, 2013), I've got an empty Windows KMDF driver (based on "moufiltr" example) compiling and deploying successfully and slightly manipulating the x/y data of the mouse. However, I'm having a hard time figuring out how to access the raw mouse data like touch points and pressure and all that.
Drop me a line maybe and we can connect on this issue:
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12-01-2014 12:16 AM