I agree - this would be a welcome improvement.  I realize this data is available elsewhere, but this solution would save time and trouble looking for it, and help to avoid that "why is my new circle this color?" confusion.

I'm happy to see that you've worked on a patch.  If I get a chance, I'd be happy to check this out on my work computer next week...


On 09/03/2010 10:58 AM, Jasper van de Gronde wrote:
On 2010-09-03 11:48, Aleksandar Kovac wrote:

So, one really simple solution for the 'user awareness' of the loaded
color would be to put the color indicator directly on the tool cursor.
even a small patch not bigger than 4*4px would give enough visual
feedback and get rid of a much bigger piece of screen somewhere else.
For example, when you take the rectangle tool, the cursor icon on the
lower right changes to indicate this tool choice, right? Why it wouldn't
indicate the color, too? So that you can see: a red circle, or a green
rectangle... It would be OK semantically, since the purpose of that
little icon by the cursor is 'reference'.
> ...

I actually liked this idea, as I've always been slightly surprised by the initial result whenever I start drawing something in Inkscape, and this would make that absolutely clear. So I've made an initial patch that implements this (if I missed a tool, it's easy to add one, just needs a small change to TOOL-context.cpp and some recoloring of cursor-TOOL.xpm).

I'm interested in people's experiences, so I've attached a patch and uploaded a Windows build to:
(just inkscape.exe, so backup your current inkscape.exe, extract the zip and your good to go)

One of the main glitches it currently has is that the "preview" doesn't change if you select a different color (you have to reselect the tool). Any ideas on fixing that would be appreciated (just reply to the devel list only).
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