Is OziExplorer "touchscreen-friendly" ?

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:31
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I'm planning to add a touchscreen (probably Xenarc) to remotely view/control my mini-pc (Dell) which is running XP Pro and OE.

The XP-and-hardware-compatible touchscreen driver will come with the screen, so that should be ok.

But what about OziExplorer itself - will it work using touchscreen control ?


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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:36

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:36
I have a touch screen running from my laptop and it works fine. I use a little stylus to navigate around
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Reply By: Member - Troopy's Crew - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:46

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 16:46
Yes a touch screen works fine, though we keep a mouse and small keyboard handy for adding notes etc.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:52

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 17:52
We use a Xenarc touch screen with a laptop for OziExplorer and don't have any issues.

Our Xenarc is fo sale if interested as we have gone to a 13 inch laptop.



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Reply By: jdbb - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 18:38

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 18:38
I use a xenarc screen hooked up to 2 cameras and carputer. No problems using Ozi with it but don't expect to be able to use the touch screen accurately while on the move - hitting the right spot is difficult at best. Even using a mouse is not easy. The easiest way to use it while on the move is to assign the keyboard function keys for the bits of Ozi that you use most often. The f keys, page up/down and scroll buttons can cover most of Ozi's functions and are easy to use.

If I was getting set up again I would not use a touch screen. You might find that the touch overlay increases the glare on the screen. I have read that glare on normal screens is not as big an issue.

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Reply By: Whitepony - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 19:24

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 19:24
G'day

I've got an Xenarc also, but much like John mentioned find I don't use the touch screen much with Ozi as the buttons aren't touch screen friendly sizes. Once you start needing to use the pen I find you might as well use a keyboard and mouse.

Other applications like playing music and street navigation are much better with the touch screen so I would never give it away though.


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Reply By: Nic I - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 15:40

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 15:40
Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

I think I'll try for one of the new 'transflective' screens, which are supposedly very good for daytime visibility, and keep the touchscreen control to a minimum of assigned commands/functions.




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Reply By: bgreeni - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 15:46

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 15:46
If the existing buttons are too small, it should be possible to use VB or similar and the API to write an add on to give a series of larger buttons for the most commonly used functions. A project for one week when I have time!!
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