PenMount Bulletin No. PMY09007

Released Date:April 8, 2009

PenMount Gesture Software Introduction

In this week’s Bulletin, we are introducing the new features of PenMount Gesture. At present, PenMount has 15 gestures which we separate into 3 groups for better clarity:

(A) Uni-direction (eight directions): Up, Down, Left, Right, Up Right, Down Right, Up Left, Down Left.

(B) Bi-direction (four directions): Slash Up, Slash Down, Slash Left, Slash Right.

(C) Other (three graphic gestures): Triangle, Cross (alpha), Circle

The gestures in groups B and C described above can be recognized by PenMount controller as long as they correspond to its pre-defined image in the software, regardless of the size, starting point or ending point of the gesture drawn.

PenMount presently developed and first make available these 15 gestures that are widely used as shortcut-keys such as Microsoft Windows picture viewing programs, picture rotation, zooming, system shut down, call display keyboard function, and others.  These 15 features are programmed as default, however, user can also set these gestures to their own functions to meet their requirements; such as setting the keyboard shortcut combinations to open application programs directly, or emulate mouse device button with scroll wheel functionality, and disable or enable touchpad screen function.

Through the gesture operation, in addition to quick shortcut keys and opening of application programs, there are many other functions that can be applied. Take the Microsoft Windows as an example:  open the default browser, open the default media player, open the re-engineering programs, show desktop, switch users ... and so on, None of these features through the implementation of a single button can be reached quickly, they would need for further development of the program. If you are a system developer and have the experience and ability, you can use our Application Program Interface (API) and develop your own customized function for the gestures. If you have any specific requirements for the gesture functions, please let us know, we welcome your suggestions and would keep them in mind for future development consideration. Many quick function keys do not support all applications, and therefore, Penmount will continue to develop gesture functions to let you be able to use in different applications.

Owing to the different speed rate of different users, the gesture sensitivity detection would inevitably be affected.  This being so, PenMount will include in the official version a sensitivity adjustment feature to meet the needs of the users. The official PenMount gesture software supporting Microsoft Windows is exptected to be released in the end of April. If you are interested to experience firsthand the PenMount Gestures, you are most welcome to contact us at  penmount@seed.net.tw.

At this initial stage, PenMount Gesture was developed to provide gesture applications to all PenMount users under Windows or Linux system. We will continue to develop more new graphic gestures and make the resistive touch screen more user-friendly.

PenMount’s hardware and software are designed to meet the needs of the market. If there is any specific requirements or requests, we will fully assist in its development. If you need more information on the PenMount series of controllers, its data sheets, or driver download, please visit www.salt.com.tw or www.penmount.ocm   Email us your suggestions and feedback at salt@salt.com.tw  or  penmount@seed.net.tw