Gestures Pane

The Gestures Preferences pane contains settings pertaining to using a graphics tablet to control Motion.

Figure. Motion Preferences window showing Gestures pane.

You cannot turn on gestures in Motion unless you have a tablet attached to your computer and Handwriting Recognition is turned on in the Ink preferences in System Preferences. For convenience, you can open Ink Preferences directly from the Gestures Preferences pane by clicking the Open Ink Preferences button.

For more information on using gestures, see Using Gestures.

Note: Swipes, pinches and other multi-touch gestures performed on a Multi-Touch trackpad are unaffected by any settings in the Gestures tab of the preferences.


These settings in the Gestures Preferences pane control how Motion knows when your pen movements should be interpreted as gestures.

  • Input Method: Lets you choose between observing the settings in your Mac OS Preferences and your Wacom Preferences or using gestures only when a trigger is enabled.

    When you set the input to require a trigger, your pen and tablet act as a mouse until you press one of the buttons on the pen or press a modifier key. This indicates that you are entering a gesture. Releasing the button or key returns the pen to normal mouse state.

  • Allow gestures in the air: Lets you trigger gestures without pressing the tip of the pen on the tablet. This option is only available when a trigger is used to activate gestures.