Most PCs today are easier to handle using the old fashion mouse, even today's touch-based interaction world. Just Gestures is the application that will ease the interaction with your PC using mouse gestures.
Even if touch technology is affordable to almost anyone, the mouse is still an indispensable tool for your PC. Currently, this peripheral is the most common and convenient option to use when you want to open or close programs, navigate through files and folders, create new files or browse the internet without any effort.
These tasks can also be executed using keyboard shortcuts, but a more convenient and simple way is the use of mouse gestures. Gestures were mainly used in browsers to quickly navigate through tabs and web pages, but they can surely be used to perform the most common actions when you’re interacting with your PC.
Just Gestures gives you the possibility to use mouse gestures for almost any action you would want to perform, thus helping you to improve your productivity. The application comes as Freeware, so you will be able to use it as long as you want without any limitations.
The first time you will run Just Gestures, it will display a handy wizard that will help you configure and better understand the way mouse gestures work. The program can perform 3 types of mouse gestures: curve gestures, double-button and wheel-button combinations.
Each of them is thoroughly detailed in this wizard so you can make a clear picture how can they be used when you’re interacting with your PC. Here you can also choose what program/window will be controlled by your gestures (under the cursor or at the foreground).
This being said we can get to the main window of the program where you will be able to manage all your mouse gestures. The application comes with several predefined gestures for the most common used tasks and browser actions, but if you’re not satisfied with these gestures you can always change them or create new ones.
A simple wizard will quickly guide you through the whole process of creating a new gesture. The first step requires you to choose the type of action you want to be triggered by your gestures and Just Gestures comes with a wide variety to choose from.
From Window Options, Shell Actions, Volume Options to Media, Internet, Keystrokes and even Wheel-button actions, they all come with a plethora of options that cover almost any action you could perform using mouse gestures.
If you want to assign various gestures to a specific application, you need to use the Add Application Group option. Just select the required executable or drag the Cross cursor over the application you want to add. A functional addition to this section might be the possibility to view the last 10 recently used programs, so you won't need to browse and search them manually.
After that has been settled, you can choose from one of the gestures that are already in use or create your own. The good part is that you can record even complex mouse gestures with the sole condition that you will be able to reproduce them later with great accuracy, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Complex keystrokes and wheel-button scripts can also be created to give you full control over your actions. The customization options go as far as restarting, sleep, shutdown, hibernate or log off your machine with a simple gesture.
If you don`t want to use a mouse gesture, you can always use a double button or wheel-button combination to perform the desired task.
This can be very useful when you want to assign similar gestures or actions to different programs. It will not only save you a lot of effort trying to remember one of your numerous gestures, but it will also make it easier to work with multiple programs at the same time.
Unfortunately this method has its drawbacks. It will allow you to assign the same gesture to different application, but they will be available only when your cursor is over the designated window, otherwise the application will display only the global actions available.
We found a small glitch when using the Open website gesture. The program will open the selected website in your default browser regardless of the browser you choose when creating the gesture.
In order to prevent conflicts between gestures and your application shortcuts you can deny gesture activity on specific programs by creating a black list. When these apps are in focus, Just Gestures will be automatically disabled.The Good
Just Gestures provides you with the right tools in order to control your applications with simple mouse gestures. Configuration goes as far as creating a gesture to open a specific web page or playing your favorite track or movie and even shutdown your computer.
Moreover, you will be able to create gestures from mouse movement, double button or wheel-button combinations.The Bad
More ways to perform mouse gestures including combination of keyboard and mouse actions could be added to provide greater usability. A way to backup your gestures or to save various gestures using different profiles might also come in handy.The Truth
Just Gestures will surely be a program you would want to have in your software collection from now on. Using it will not only increase your productivity and streamline your work, but will also make almost every action a gesture away.Here are some snapshots of the application in action: