Instant zoom-out shortcut

Ingo Rau shared this idea 2 weeks ago
Declined

When biking, especially with navigation on, I often want to get a quick overview over what's coming up. But doing the two-finger zoom-out while cycling is hard: Either I zoom out too far or not far enough, and often I also move the map, etc.

So I was thinking about some kind of "instant zoom-out" shortcut. When activated, it would zoom out like 5 zoom levels (best value would have to be tried out) and return to current level (or what's set for the current speed) after 10s. Otherwise, everything would go on as before (like center to GPS, etc.).

I was also thinking that a two-finger double-tap might be easy to do and intuitive (two fingers are associated with zoom anyway...).

What do you think? Or is there something already built-in that I'm missing?

Comments (6)

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Push up... ;)

Menion, do you have any opinion about this?

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Good day Ingo,

Don't know ... might be useful, hard to anyway say how often such feature is needed.

My personal experience is more opposite ... I usually need to quickly check where to turn in more complicated situations, when auto-zoom keeps map still at too low zoom level to see detail. So I personally use two/three quick taps on "zoom in". Same should be used in this case. I can't imagine usage of zoom out for more then two/three levels during a ride.

Users here still don't use negative votes too much (don't know why) so I do know how many people find such feature useless compare to three positive votes. Anyway I personally see this as one of thousand small improvements that will be used by few percent of users that by accident find this option and in right moment once per year remind that something like this exists ... did I miss something?

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OK, fair enough. The thing with the "quick taps on zoom in/out" is that it's often easy to miss those buttons, especially if you're using a watertight phone case like me which has a "bulk" around all sides of the screen. That's possibly why I came up with this.

So alternative, probably much easier to implement idea:

Add "Zoom in" and "Zoom out" to the "Various" tab in the Dashboard editor. So I could add bigger zoom buttons on the screen where they're easiest to hit.

What do you think?

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For now no, sorry.

Something close to this is slowly coming, so such improvement probably won't be needed ( unofficial, un-implemented one of our first possible layout changes on next 4.0 version ).

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So idea declined for now, thanks for understanding.

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Ok, thx for explaining and will be interesting to see what you got in store :)

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If you mean Google Play store, then I expect as usually ... changes in most cases brings negative responses. Well it's tax for "improvements" :).

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