Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly
Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.
Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.
Mark Wilson-Thomas commented
Hi Anonymous: Have you had chance to try a CTP of Visual Studio "14" yet? It has exactly what you're asking for (and more).
Just add support for scrolling in the code window with one-finger touch. Even notepad can do this. You don't need to redesign the UI in some dramatic way. It's a simple bug fix.
Mark Wilson-Thomas commented
Hi Touch Supporters!
I'm delighted to let you know that Visual Studio "14" CTP, which you can download at http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/visual-studio-14-ctp-vs , contains support for Touch in the Visual Studio Editor!
The CTP supports touch for scrolling, pinch-to-zoom, tap-and-hold for context menus, double-tap for word selection, and line selection by tapping in the margin.
We would love to hear your feedback on how this works for you - please feel free to respond here, by Tweeting me on @MarkPavWT, or by using the built in "Send a Smile" menu (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zzszcehe.aspx) .
Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team
Dominic Finn commented
Would love this. My main dev computer uses is a 27 inch touch screen and I also have a surface pro 2. Both would benefit to this massively. It you could move the SSMS guys a long with this as well, I would be eternally greatful :-)
Antony Scott commented
Scrolling would definitely be nice when using VS on my surface pro. I can get around by using the keyboard PgUp/PgDn etc, but it would be much more intuitive to just swipe my finger up and down the screen.
Gordon Beeming commented
I agree with @Mark, not so worries about ribbons but the text editors specifically need touch. To be able to pinch zoom and then also move around the code would be key to the implementation =D
Mark Allan (MarkXA) commented
Being able to scroll with touch is the essential thing. Touch-optimised ribbons etc would be icing on the cake.
David Washington commented
You need to add scrolling. It's really bad now without it.
But Pen? YES.
Patrick Zahra commented
Even if I had to use the pen, putting Windows in left-handed mode STILL doesn't move the scrollbars over. It's like the setting isn't even there. Seriously, how hard is it?
Ryan Norbauer commented
Yes, this doesn't have to be so sophisticated. It would really just be nice to swipe up and down and scroll my text window. On the Surface, it's hard to use the little touch keyboard touchpad to precisely hit the scroll bar at the right.
Michael Tanner commented
Also ... Though writing code on a touch device may be challenging (especially when not using a physical keyboard), a touch device could be really useful when doing code review. Though Visual Studio is my only IDE, I personally use an iPad as my tablet of choice. So as unexpected as an iOS version of VS would be from Microsoft, that would be absolutely incredible!
Main thing would be to add touch scrolling to all windows, that is most irritating shortcoming. Buttons etc I'm not so worried about.
Michael Tanner commented
I love the idea of coding on a touch friendly IDE. To pull it off right is an interesting challenge. I spend a lot of time in Visual Studio doing two things: 1) writing code and 2) looking for code. The Intellisense integration in Visual Studio is amazing for navigating complex code libraries. I just wonder how a touch interface can be designed to make Intellisense even more intuitive.
Steven Creaney commented
I would like a Touch Mode in VS2013 for when I run VS2013 on my Surface Pro. Usually, I just need to run the application and debug why something is failing, and don't want to do it using Remote Debugger. Perhaps give us a simplified menubar and interface for basic running and debugging Windows Store Apps and Web Applications.
Brandon H commented
Not quite sure how I feel about this. On one hand I can understand the need to be able to touch *any* app and they should afford this (eg: Office's "Touch" vs "Pointer" mode button) but on the other hand what are you doing with Visual Studio? Do you ever use it WITHOUT a keyboard attached? WITHOUT a mouse? I certainly don't.
Could really go either way on this, as long as it doesn't go whole-hog and hamper my keyboard/mouse experience.
I think this is a great idea. More and more we are using touch screens. I can think of several great use cases (some already mentioned here)
. annotating code
. UX design (why can't I draw my Windows 8 XAML screens?, Why can't I drag controls around?)
. window manipulation
Jim Johnson commented
Touch screens are coming in laptop/tablet combos. This is a matter of time. Chrome book supports touch screen click and drag right now. This will come from PC laptop manufacturers before long and the developers will ask for it after that.
When reviewing code on my tablet, it would be much more helpful to swipe up and scroll the view. Now all that happens is that I select text - not what you would expect.
Chris Moschini commented
I really expected this in VS2013, considering it came out after Microsoft's own Windows 8 and 8.1.