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Touch IDE for Android
Post by Richard Russell on May 13th, 2016, 4:28pm

As previously announced, version 0.13a of the Android (86) edition of BBC Basic comes with a new, touch-optimised, IDE (perhaps better described as a program editor/launcher). This is designed to be usable on small touchscreens found on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; for this reason it has a very different interface from what you may be used to (although hopefully similar to what other touchscreen apps provide). In particular, maximum use is made of the limited screen 'real-estate'; nothing is wasted on menu bars, toolbars and the like.

All functions are accessible using standard touch gestures such as a tap, a long-press, a drag or a swipe. When alphanumeric input is required the On Screen Keyboard is automatically displayed; the Android 'back' button can be used to remove the keyboard and to return to a previous screen. The basic touch gestures are as follows:
Although this IDE is designed primarily for use with the Android version of BBC BASIC it may also be used (substituting mouse operations for the touch gestures) in the Win32 and Linux editions (and even in BB4W!); use the Escape key instead of the Android 'back' button. However it does not work well with a Windows touchscreen.