Idea: Temporary tool assignment

2001-02-02 Thread Alan

Not sure if this has been discussed before, but after reading the article at I noticed this paragraph (on the 
subject of keyboard shortcuts):

   PhotoShop is slightly superior (for the moment) in that it has temporary
   tool assignment. You can have a paint brush tool active, and if you push
   and hold the space bar, the active tool becames the hand (for panning). The
   moment the space bar is released, the paint brush (or whatever the previous
   tool was) becomes active again. Alt while Zooming changes to Zoom Out, Ctrl
   to Zoom In. To be fair, Gimp also uses temporary tool assignment in places,
   but I picked PhotoShop as the prime example because it is more complete and
   far reaching throughout the program, at this moment in time.

This is a simple idea, that has been implemented partially (as noted, though
something like the middle button for panning works great in the gimp for me!), 
but I have seen a lot of places where it would make a lot of sense to put in 
more of these temporary tools.  The zoom is a prime example.

Any chance of this technology becoming more widespread throughout the gimp?


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Re: Idea: Temporary tool assignment

2001-02-02 Thread Guillermo S. Romero / Familia Romero

[EMAIL PROTECTED] (2001-02-02 at 2015.41 -0800):
 Any chance of this technology becoming more widespread throughout the gimp?

Please try all the tools and make a list of the ones that do nothing
with Ctrl and / or Shift and / or Alt (before clicking / after
clicking, like with Circle selection). Advice: set pointer to cross
and icon, that way it gives hints about what is happening (or will if
you click). Also keep open the Tool Options dialog, and watch the
buttons change. Tab also does magic when over an image (hit again to
get the volunteer back from backstag... err... nimbo).

I think you will be suprised, basic ops are there. Yes, there are some
things that would be nice to have in addition to current ones, but I
guess that the basics we have are plainly ignored, and thus people say
"Gimp lacks all nice functions" when the theme is "Gimp lacks some
nice functions" (and has some that PS does not have, like MB2
scrolling, I think).

BTW, the zoom / magnify thing appeared some mails ago (hold Ctrl to
swap mode, Gimp CVS 1.2). :]

Oops, late, I will read the doc after sleeping.