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Learning finger gestures

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Video: Learning finger gestures

One of the most important skills you need to really use the iPhone and iPod Touch like a Pro is to understand finger gestures. As you know, there are no buttons on the front of the phone other than the Home button. So, the majority of the things you'll do are accomplished by tapping, sliding, rotating or pinching your fingers on the screen. In this video, I am going to go over the basic moves. There are only a few of them, but they are part of the DNA of using the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it's essential to really learn them well. Probably the most basic gesture is the tap, and it's just what it sounds like.

Learning finger gestures

One of the most important skills you need to really use the iPhone and iPod Touch like a Pro is to understand finger gestures. As you know, there are no buttons on the front of the phone other than the Home button. So, the majority of the things you'll do are accomplished by tapping, sliding, rotating or pinching your fingers on the screen. In this video, I am going to go over the basic moves. There are only a few of them, but they are part of the DNA of using the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it's essential to really learn them well. Probably the most basic gesture is the tap, and it's just what it sounds like.

You tap some part of the screen to perform some action. For example, I tap on any of these applications to run them, like photos. So, here I am looking at my Photo Library. We'll cover how to get pictures into your iPhone or iPod Touch in the later chapter. Here, I'll select the photo album I want to look at, again, by tapping. Now, I am looking at the thumbnails of all the photos in this album. The next gesture is the drag, and again, it's just what it sounds like. To browse through these photos, I keep my finger in contact with the screen and I drag thumbnails up and down.

If I run out of room, I just lift my finger and start dragging near the top or bottom of the screen again. Now, closely associated with the drag gesture is the flick. Dragging over and over again like this can get really tedious, especially if you have a lot of content to scroll through. In those cases just lift your finger off the screen as you reach the end of the drag. Notice the content on the screen continues to move. The greatest thing about flicking is that it's speed-sensitive.

So, I can flick slowly to browse at a leisurely pace. Here is a little secret about scrolling in most iPhone applications. If you tap the top of the screen, you'll instantly scroll to the very top of the page. This doesn't work in every single iPhone app, but many of them do work in this way. Now, let's select the photo by tapping it. The next gesture is the pinch. This is when you touch two fingers, usually your thumb and index finger, to the screen, and either separate them, which is you can see, zooms in on the photo or bring them back together, which zooms back out.

We refer to this as pinching in and pinching out. It doesn't matter which two fingers you use. I can use my two pinkie fingers to zoom in and out if I wanted to. While zoomed in on a photo, notice I can use the drag gesture, as well as the flick. If I'm not zoomed in, dragging and flicking takes me from photo to photo. So, now we understand the tap, the drag, the flick and pinching in and out, which are really the most basic and commonly used gestures on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Now, there are additional variations on these moves; for example, a quick double tap on an item often zooms in on it. Here, in photos it zooms in on the picture. If you're browsing a Web site in Safari, double tapping a column of text zooms in that column to the width of your screen. There is also multifinger tapping, which appears in apps like Maps. Here, double-tapping zooms in like we'd expect, but to zoom back out you single tap with two fingers.

Pinching in and out is available here, as well. Some apps require you not to tap, but to touch and hold an onscreen button to make it work. For example, if I touch and hold any of the icons on my Home screen, that puts them into Organization mode where I can drag the icons from location to location to rearrange them as I like - more about that later. For now, I'll just press the Home button to turn that off. You might come across other options that iPhone app developers have programmed into their apps, like two-finger dragging, two-finger rotating and so on.

Generally, you'll be taught which gestures to use by the instructions that come with the app. So, there you have the basic finger gestures you need to know to really use the iPhone and iPod Touch efficiently. We'll touch more on various gestures as we look at specific applications.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 4 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 4
      2m 8s
  2. 34m 12s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and the iPod Touch
      6m 54s
    2. The Home screen and the Home button
      2m 56s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 16s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      4m 1s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 17s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 53s
    7. Connecting to a wi-fi network
      2m 55s
    8. Charging the iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up an iTunes Store account on an iPhone or iPod Touch
      3m 24s
    10. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 25s
  3. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 59s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting auto-correction
      6m 44s
    3. Select, Copy, Paste, and Undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 29s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 38s
  4. 26m 34s
    1. Making sure you have the latest version of iTunes
      1m 27s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 20s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 16s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 56s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 48s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 0s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 47s
  5. 1h 3m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 17s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 45s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 41s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 9s
    6. Using FaceTime for video calls
      3m 55s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 27s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 5s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 20s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      2m 49s
    11. Using the speakerphone
      1m 23s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 52s
    13. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      3m 51s
    14. Forwarding your calls
      1m 41s
    15. Turning call waiting on and off
      1m 1s
    16. Turning caller ID on and off
      1m 8s
    17. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 17s
    18. Creating a vibrate-then-ring ringtone
      5m 13s
    19. Voice dialing
      3m 6s
    20. Sending, receiving, and managing text and MMS messages
      6m 34s
  6. 30m 9s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 3s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL email accounts
      3m 42s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 23s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch email synced with your computer
      4m 47s
    5. Composing email
      3m 9s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 4s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 37s
    8. Setting mail options
      5m 24s
  7. 37m 36s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 20s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 55s
    3. Saving images
      2m 44s
    4. Filling out forms and using auto-fill
      3m 51s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 32s
    6. Internet tethering (Mac)
      7m 22s
    7. Internet tethering (Windows)
      7m 52s
  8. 36m 16s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 25s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 49s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 19s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 3s
    5. Voice-controlling your music
      3m 22s
    6. Adjusting your iPod settings
      4m 42s
    7. Creating On-The-Go and Genius playlists
      3m 48s
    8. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 58s
    9. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to and AppleTV or Airport Express
      3m 50s
  9. 30m 29s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      5m 51s
    2. Viewing still images
      5m 52s
    3. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 45s
    4. Shooting video
      1m 19s
    5. Viewing and editing video
      2m 49s
    6. Taking screenshots
      1m 15s
    7. Sharing photos and video
      5m 17s
    8. Geotagging your photos
      4m 21s
  10. 20m 49s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 51s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 32s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 7s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 0s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 20s
    7. Using the Compass app (iPhone 3GS only)
      2m 2s
  11. 15m 44s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 38s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 55s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. The Clock app
      6m 3s
  12. 6m 23s
    1. The Notes app
      2m 37s
    2. The Voice Memos app
      3m 46s
  13. 17m 26s
    1. The Stocks app
      2m 36s
    2. The Calculator app
      52s
    3. The Nike+ app
      9m 20s
    4. The YouTube app
      3m 5s
    5. The Weather app
      1m 33s
  14. 16m 40s
    1. Browsing the App Store from iTunes
      4m 28s
    2. Browsing the App Store from your device
      5m 44s
    3. Purchasing and installing apps
      5m 48s
    4. Finding App settings
      40s
  15. 17m 52s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 41s
    2. Wi-fi
      3m 26s
    3. Notifications
      1m 24s
    4. Brightness
      59s
    5. About
      2m 25s
    6. Usage
      1m 46s
    7. Date and time settings
      1m 12s
    8. International settings
      2m 17s
    9. Restrictions
      2m 42s
  16. 18m 54s
    1. Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode Lock
      4m 37s
    3. Displaying contact information
      2m 31s
    4. Find My iPhone with MobileMe
      10m 24s
  17. 17m 48s
    1. About accessibility on the iPhone and iPod Touch
      52s
    2. VoiceOver
      8m 2s
    3. Zoom
      2m 2s
    4. Setting the display to Large Text
      39s
    5. Setting the display to White On Black
      1m 7s
    6. Mono Audio
      54s
    7. Speak Auto-text
      1m 39s
    8. Triple-Click Home
      2m 33s
  18. 15m 58s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 4s
    2. Force-quitting applications
      36s
    3. Rebooting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      44s
    4. Resetting the iPhone or iPod Touch
      1m 44s
    5. Erasing the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 31s
    6. Restoring the iPhone or iPod Touch
      2m 2s
    7. Checking for updates
      57s
    8. Disabling 3G
      2m 3s
    9. Extending battery life
      4m 17s
  19. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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