We recently surfaced a new Labs project in SketchUp for Web: the ability to optimize navigation controls for use with a multi-touch trackpad (also called a touchpad).
To try out this mode of navigating, load SketchUp for Web and open App Settings (from the ‘hamburger’ menu in the top left corner). Open the Navigation tab, then change your device from Mouse to Trackpad. There are several other settings; you can learn more on our Help Center page for this Labs project.
Setting your device preference to Trackpad will change how your trackpad responds to multi-touch gestures. Instead of zooming, a two-finger swipe will allow you to engage Orbit and Pan while you are modeling… much like pressing the scroll wheel on a mouse. In this mode, you can engage Zoom with a pinch or expand gesture.
We’re introducing this capability with a SketchUp Labs designation for several reasons. Navigation is essential to how people ‘see’ in 3D space, so we want to make sure we get this affordance ‘right’ before expanding it to SketchUp Pro or changing default navigation settings.
Second, trackpads and mice behave differently across operating systems, devices, and even web browsers. We’ve included controls to help you customize your navigation experience, but we also hope to discover if these settings work as expected, or if they create undesirable consequences. If you run into problems, please share what device, operating system, and browser you are using.
Similar to our Live Components Lab category, we’ll be listening eagerly for your feedback. Please share your impressions of this new functionality, any bugs you run into, or any other ideas for navigation improvement you think we should consider.
Mark and @Gopal, on behalf of the SketchUp team