Mozilla’s Edward Lee has released an experimental build of Firefox 3.1 pre-Beta 2 with reviewed patches by Tom Dyas, that bring support for multitouch gestures on the latest MacBooks’ (*) multitouch trackpads.
Implemented gestures are:
- swipe: move three fingers on the trackpad on any direction
- twist: rotate two fingers
- pinch: move two fingers away or closer to each other
These are the actions you can perform with the different gestures:
- Swipe Left: Go back in history [press Cmd to open it in a tab]
- Swipe Right: Go forwards in history
- Swipe Up: Go to the top of the page
- Swipe Down: Go to the end of the page
- Pinch Together: Zoom out
- Pinch Apart: Zoom in
- Twist Right: Next tab
- Twist Left: Previous tab
Edward warns that this is an experimental build and there has been no word on whether this will make it for Firefox 3.1 (it’s definitely not a blocker but could get in if it is deemed safe enough and time allows proper QA).
You can get the experimental Firefox 3.1 with Mac OS X gestures support (in case it is not obvious, Mac OS X only) from Mozilla try build servers.
(*) Supported MacBooks include: MacBook Pro from this year (either early-2008 model or the new late-2008 ones), MacBook Air (both models from 2008), MacBook from late 2008 (the new aluminum ones)