Feature Request: right-click menus missing in ebook viewer

Bug #1380359 reported by dwig gang on 2014-10-12
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Bug Description

In ebook-viewer.exe on Windows (perhaps needed on other platforms)
This omission has been present in all past versions and is present in v2.5

Issue: the toolbar button for Open has a small down arrow that access an alternate Open function. The Print button has a similar alternate companion. Both of these are way, way too small to access reliably by touch. They require a mouse.

Workaround: use TouchMousePointer (a free utility) to simulate a notebook's touchpad with an onscreen replicant. This provides mouse functionality and access to the small downarrows.

Suggested "fix": Add a right-mouse menu to the large Open and Print buttons that produces the same alternate menu that the down arrows do. This would allow a touch-and-hold action (the touch analog to a right-mouse click) to access the alternate functions just as it does for the full screen's right-mouse function for access its context menu.

I haven't reviewed the main application's toolbar buttons, but any similar design with the small down arrows that also omits the right-mouse access to the down arrow's menu would also present issues. Ongoing design should consistently use right-mouse context menus instead of or in addition to small down arrow "sidecar" button-ettes.

(this is migrated from the discussion thread on MobleRead: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=247845)

Fixed in branch master. The fix will be in the next release. calibre is usually released every Friday.

 status fixreleased

I have implemented menu popup on right click, however, I dont have the
time right now to test if it actually works ona touch screen device, I
leave that to you. It works with a mouse.

Changed in calibre:
status: New → Fix Released
dwig gang (dwig) wrote :

I just downloaded 2.6 and installed on both a desktop/non-touch and an 8" touch-enabled tablet. The right-click menus works fine on both machines. They appear with a true right-click when using a mouse and with the press-and-hold touch action, which is the touch method for emulating a right-click.

This is a very nice "fix" that improves the reading experience on a touch device.

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