If you have a portable computer with a Synaptics TouchPad, the company has released a free download called SYNAPTICS | Scrybe that adds some new gesture-based navigational goodies.
Scrybe works like an extension to the Synaptics Gesture Suite that added features like two-finger scrolling, pinch zoom and two-finger rotate to Synaptics TouchPads. With the new Scrybe, gestures can be used to access specific applications, and new gestures can be added to suit your needs.
For example, let’s say you wanted to access your email. Tap with three fingers, then draw an @ symbol, and your default email program opens. Then, someone emails you about their new puppy, but you don’t recognize the breed: highlight the name, tap with three fingers, and draw a question mark. A web search window appears for the word you’ve highlighted. Scrybe also features gestures like chiral scrolling (continuous, circular scrolling), Wikipedia search, and direct links to photo and music applications. The symbols are also customizable, allowing you to create your own symbols or change the meaning of existing symbols. The driving force behind Scrybe is to free you from using your keyboard as much as possible, and Synaptics is highlighting the features by demonstrating several different combined actions they call “workflows,” one of which can be seen in the video below.
At this point, there doesn’t seem to be official support for any machines that either don’t have a Synaptics TouchPad or can’t support Synaptics Gesture Suite. Some machines may already have the utility installed, but if you don’t, you can download it at Uscrybe.com.