am i alone here or is pinch to shrink an odd thing

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  1. CBLJazz

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    Am i alone here or is "pinch to shrink" an odd thing?

    Everyone calls it pinch to zoom but they should call it "pinch to shrink" because that's what happens. "Pinch does not zoom"!

    I just started using dolphin browser and this "pinch to shrink" gesture is odd.
    I feel like i have severe arthritis.
     
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    At first I thought so but now that I am used to it on bugless beast I prefer it. Its nice to be able to zoom in as you want instead of snapping to a pre-determined level. Sometimes tap to zoom is convenient, bu I prefer pinch now.
     
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    it is a bit odd but the women seem to love it...
     
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    I use it constantly while surfing with xScope browser. I actually use my thumbs while holding the phone in landscape mode. It makes it remarkably easy to zoom in or out. When everyone starting talking about it, I thought it was a silly visual gimmick. But now I'm hooked and am not interested in any other type of zoom method.

    The commonly accepted name is catchy, but I agree with you it is a misnomer.
     
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    Yep, "pinch to shrink," "spread to zoom."

    It's like "multimedia," or pronouncing the prefix "giga-" as "gigga." It's incorrect, but a lot of people who should know better make the error.

    Correct are "multimedium," and "jigga-." Media is plural, multi- implies plurality, so multimedia is redundant (no one says "fill out this multiparts form," cars don't have "multiports fuel injection"). "Giga-" is the root for "gigantic," and is correctly pronounced similarly (like Doc in Back to the Future - "gigawatts").
     
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    Actually Doc Brown pronounced it wrong in BTTF......it is pronounced with a hard G....has nothing to do with gigantic...it's just like many other words in the english language that look like that should be pronounced differently and yet aren't.

    Medium means hand created tools like paint and charcoal...mixed medium is using many types together. Media is what we call digital storage devices....as in what media is it stored on. Multimedia means multiple types of media....so a multimedia project could mean it is intended for film, tv, and internet consumption....or it could mean you have a dvd that contains music, graphics, and video.

    As for Pinch to Zoom...you are entirely correct...it is backwords...you pinch to shrink, and it is very uncomfortable and people only want it because they think they are missing out on something that iphone has. I can't stand Dolphin because it doesn't have dbl tap zoom...that is all I do with the browser. Pinch is nice to get more specific zoom levels but its not for every type of zoom.
     
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    Zoom IN, zoom OUT--so it is technically pinch to zoom, no?

    Using thumbs can help, but I really like "tap & swipe" zoom which I have only seen in xscope. Described here: Thank you for using xScope. (xScope)
     
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    No, you are exactly wrong. From the greek, gigas, meaning giant. Hence, gigantic.

    It's all referenced quite clearly on Wikipedia:
    You really aren't very literate, are you? Yes, that is one of the meanings of "medium." A medium is also a channel of communications, such as audio or video. The misnomer "multimedia" is used to refer to communications streams containing multiple medium types. Media is the plural of medium.

    I'll again cite a reference, usage notes for the word "medium," from the American Heritage Dictionary:
     
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    Either way i like it, and I like it on the native browser. Ever since I rooted I rarely use the dolphin browser. THe only time I use dolphin, If I want to use the full desktop site. I have dolphin set to desktop user agent. So I can get the full nfl.com site. full bank site if I need it, etc.
     
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    If it was on wikipedia it must be true. :wink:
     
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    you are right, it is backwards.

    personally i now love pinch to zoom. it takes some getting used to, and if it doesn't work smoothly it can be very frustrating. for me it has worked the best on AdamZ Smoked Glass v4.5. it is super smooth on this rom, but it wasn't so smooth for me when i was using Bugless Beast.
     
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    The only thing I don't like about it is I use my droid with one hand mostly and I find pinch to zoom a 2 handed feature, maybe I just need to practice more.

    Edit: That's what she said heh
     
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