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Making it easier to use MacDraft Pro

rstevenson
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:31:35 GMT

I've recently upgraded to a Logitech MX Master 2S, mostly to get a larger mouse for my fairly large hands, but also because it has multiple buttons that can be assigned to do useful things in applications. It is set up using its Options software and in there is a link to info about its SDK, which a developer can use to create pre-set options for a particular application. So... has Microspot created any such options? I would really like to assign a gesture or button click to switching between the Layers palette and the Colours & Patterns etc palette, since I find myself switching back and forth a lot. But withoout even a kayboard shortcut within the program for doing that, I can't see any way to make it happen. I have to move the pointer up and click then get back where I was in the drawing -- over and over. Bring back the modal palettes! (Yeah, I know, it can't happen.) Maybe give the palettes a Command-Option-1, 2, 3, 4 so that I can use the keyboard to switch between them without moving the mouse away from where I'm working. In the Left Panel I find I use only 6 of t he Drafting Tools, 3 of the Dimension tools, and none of the Advanced tools. It would be extremely helpful if I could just drag the tools I want up into the aptly named Toolbar and then I could leave that panel closed and gain more room on screen for the drawing. I also use little of the right panel. Maybe institute a custom palette into which I can drag blocks for tools and other parts of the other palettes which I use, leaving out the parts I don't use. That way I can have one open palette which gives me 95% of what I need most of the time, and can use the menus or other palettes to access those things I rarely use. Thoughts? Rob

aaron_lamb
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 10:21:33 GMT

Hi Rob, Thanks for your post. I will pass these feature requests onto the developement team. We are working on a 7.0.3 update at the moment so hopefully something like a keyboard shortcut for the right panel navigation can be incorporated. The idea of a custom palette is interesting. That would take some thinking through on our end but I like the idea and should bridge the gap between those who like the new panel system and those who want the floating palettes back. You could assign your favourite tools to it and then close the left panel. I have also passed on the information about your mouse. We havent created anything specifically in 7 for this however the way most work is that you assign a button on the keyboard as a button on the mouse. So hitting a the mouse button assigned to B would activate the Bezier Curve. I hope this helps!

rstevenson
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:26:40 GMT

Hi Aaron, The other thing that would be extremely helpful -- and I'm surprised it doesn't work automatically -- is to have the thumb scroll wheel on my mouse, which is set to side-to-side scrolling, actually do that within a drawing. Thanks for a great program!

rstevenson
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:40:04 GMT

One other thing. I can set a secondary action for the main scroll wheel. I've set it to Zoom. Lightly moving the scroll wheel scrolls the drawing up and down, as expected. Pressing harder and scrolling stops the vertical scoll, indicating MacDraft is aware that the secondary scroll is active, but no zoom happens.

aaron_lamb
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:52:47 GMT

Hi Rob, MacDraft hasnt been set up in particular to work with these 3rd party mice so there may be a few teething issues such as that with the scroll and zoom. To scroll horizontally you hold the shift key and scroll so perhaps you need to set shift & scroll as the function for your thumb scroll? Aaron

rstevenson
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:33:08 GMT

Now that's interesting. I tried holding Shift while using the thumb scroll wheel and nothing happened. But when I held down Shift and used the regular scroll wheel, the drawing scrolled horizontally. That will work just fine!