Photoshop CC 2015.1: New Touch Gestures Confuse Undo/Redo and Pan

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The new touch gestures in the November 2015 Photoshop update are great, but I'm having a lot of trouble distinguishing the pan from the undo/redo swipe. If I want to pan left or right, it's the same as the undo swipe. So I'm undoing my work when I just want to pan. Any advice? Can you make the gestures more distinguished from each other?
I'm on a Windows 10 Surface Pro 4.
Thanks!
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David Tristram, Employee

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great comments and feedback. of course, since both undo/redo and pan are two finger gestures it is possible to confuse them. The goal was to emulate what some Adobe mobile apps are doing. In Adobe Sketch, undo/redo are light two-fingered flicked left and right. Pan in that app requires placing the fingers on the canvas and holding them motionless for a moment to enter a pan "mode".

In Photoshop, I tried to keep the easier means with which the existing pan gesture could be initiated, while adding the undo/redo functionality. I see though that I missed the mark and the two gestures are too similar.

I think having some user configurable sensitivity controls or other tweakability would be a good addition. And being able to disable the on-screen touch and keep legacy gestures enabled is also a good idea.

In the meantime, it may help to know that undo/redo requires the fingers to move at a fairly high rate across the screen. Slower motion will always start a pan. To be certain a pan will occur, it holding two fingers motionless for a moment after placing the on the canvas will also choose that action.

I'm sorry you're having trouble using Photoshop with this feature enabled. At the very least you can expect refined thresholds and motion sensitivity adjustments in our next release. Your feedback on this issue is very valuable to me, thanks for taking the time to let me know.

David Tristram, PS UI Engineering (and touch feature developer)
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super secret information: the most recent prerelease drop has a candidate fix.  good possibility that code will make it out to the next public release.