On 9/23/05, Joshua A. Andler <joshua@...533...> wrote:
I know that we (you and I, Bulia) have had discussions before and
talked about not wanting to waste modifiers and such, which makes
complete sense. So my question is, what about regular shortcut keys? Do
we really need multiple shortcut keys "wasted" to have another way to
- Tool changing is one of the most important operations.
- There exist two standards, Illustrator (letter keys) and
CorelDraw/Xara (F keys), each with a huge number of users. By
implementing them both, we please everyone.
And do we really need /three/ shortcuts to switch to the
- As the most important tool, it certainly deserves it.
- I personally use 2 of the 3 all of the time. Others may be using the
other 2 :)
On one level I really like the idea of the Fkeys being used like
because it's effectively making your Fkeys a toolbar. That being said, I
have never once used any of them. With my typical workflow, the letter
shortcuts of B, N, & Spacebar (one finger switches all my tools without
even moving my hand... woohoo!) are heaven.
Sure, that's because you come from Illustrator :) I come from Xara
and I always use the F keys, never letter keys.
I would also question our deviation from the very standard F1 = Help.
That one is harder to defend, admittedly. But it's SO convenient, SO
logical (first tool, first F key), have been used for SO long
(actually it's that way in Sodipodi), and changing it will disrupt SO
many other shortcuts (all F keys would need to be remapped somehow)
that I just don't think it's worth it. When we have editable keyboard
profiles, sure, we'll have those with F1==Help, maybe even the default
one. But for now please let's just leave it as it is.
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