Once you’ve tried finger based scrolling on smartphones and tablets, it makes you realize how antiquated the Desktop User Interface (UI) is, especially the scroll bar. A plugin called “Wet Banana” adds mouse drag tablet-like scrolling but it’s about time all desktop operating systems get a UI upgrade.
Actually, an alternative to implementation at the OS level is to implement this feature into the mouse driver! The user can immediately use this in every application that supports the standard scroll functionality of the existing scroll wheel. Windows Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, MS Word, or any application will work with a mouse driver.
The scroll wheel on the standard mouse already has two methods of scrolling in Windows. One, you can roll it. Two, you can press down and toggle the speed and direction of the page panning. But neither mode is as intuitive as the Wet Banana plugin where a user flicks it in the desired direction with the desired speed to make it glide until friction stops it or until the user puts the brakes on.
I’ve asked Jedediah Smith and various operating system makers (or anyone) to create a custom Windows and/or Linux mouse driver? Replace the traditional functionality of the scroll wheel with the exact same physics and behavior of Wet Banana. The existing mouse driver already has the ability to control the scrolling, direction, and speed. It just needs a better human interface. I hope someone will meet this need.