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Screenshot Captor / Smoother object selection
« on: December 01, 2015, 03:01 AM »
Two things that I find distracting:
1) Turning drawing objects or presets On/Off makes the screen jump
The image I currently edit in the main window jumps left and right because of the tool settings popping up and taking up space. Maybe they could be made to overlap to the left instead of shifting the content back and forth? It's easy enough to zoom or pan away from it, should the settings really cover up important content. Or maybe it could be restricted to the AutoFit checkbox - an enabled AutoFit would make it jump, if disabled the settings would overlap, keeping the image still and stable.

2) No shortcut for object selection mode
I know I can make it switch back automatically every time I use a tool. But this is not what I want, some tools are great to be sticky. But every so often another object gets in the way and that always requires to aim at the tiny button and a second later you travel back there again to pick up where you left off. Heavy editing results in a lot of mouse travel, especially on a large HD monitor this amounts to quite some mouse mileage, your attention is continually taken away from the hot spots to aim for the tiny select-icon.

Suggestion: Ctrl held down = temporarily activate object-select tool
To accommodate this behavior, other shortcuts would have to be streamlined, such as Ctrl-drag line tool. Actually, if all tool-modifier keys could be made to respond to say, SHIFT, it were easier to remember. Resizing a rectangle proportionally would be Shift-drag (instead of Alt drag now) etc... Holding down Ctrl would temp-activate object-selection, holding down Shift would activate the special mode for a given tool (resize proportionally, draw horizontally/vertically, etc)

Screenshot Captor / Arrow does not remember end shapes
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:27 AM »
.. when saving the arrow as an object preset. Not sure if this is intended, but it spoils the idea of presets to a certain extent. Granted, it's also useful in situations when you just want to change sizes and colors, but judging from my own workflows, more often than not, I do want the exact preset I saved, including start and end points.

LaunchBar Commander / How to create link nodes
« on: January 17, 2015, 07:07 AM »
I always manage to create them in the end, but getting there is never a straight path.
Could someone please correct my workflow:

1) I create a new node, a "real" one, I enter the path to the exe etc. All fine, never experienced any problems

2) I make a note of the ID for this new node.

3) I drill down another branch to create another new node. I use the type-dropdown on the right side to assign the type "link" to it. I enter the ID of the source node from above, ....  and then what?
Any other mandatory entries I need to make?
Sometimes I enter a caption, but it seems this is not necessary. I always click Save.

I leave the config dialog, my menu shows the functional entry from step 1 - but none of the link nodes I created. I enter the config dialog again, and do nothing different, really, other than repeating step 3 - and on these subsequent go-arounds I have always managed to somehow generate the link node. Just wondering...

Screenshot Captor / Mouse-wheel zooms reverse
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:18 AM »
A small grit in my daily mouse movements:
SC zooms IN by rolling the wheel away from the screen
Other software zooms IN by rolling closer towards the pic and not away from it.

Nothing wrong with either approach, just a matter of convention: MS Office, Firefox, File Managers including Win Explorer - all follow the 2nd approach. Reinforced by these programs, you habitually find yourself zoom-wheeling the wrong way in SC (or everywhere else if SC is your main hangout)

Bottom line of my fussbudget observation: It wouldn't hurt to bring SC in line with the majority, just for the sake of convenience.

LaunchBar Commander / Folder Node does not like spaces in filenames
« on: December 07, 2014, 03:04 AM »
It will list all existing files, but upon clicking opens only those without spaces in the name.

No big deal, I can simply Ctrl click to open the containing folder. But it were more comfortable not having to take this detour.

LaunchBar Commander / Multiple file patterns
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:22 AM »
My settings:
Node Type: Folder
Root Folder to display: ..\MyHelp
Accept File patterns: *.htm*;*.chm

Nothing shows up. If I remove the chm file type, however, it does work as expected. Launchbar help says you could combine multiple patterns with a semi-colon, but no matter what variations I tried (with spaces, with ending ;) it doesn't work here.

LaunchBar Commander / Switch to app if already running
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:26 AM »
Enabling the checkbox "Switch to this application if it is already running" produces mixed results. It works for some programs, but not for all. Not even if the application itself offers settings that force it to one instance only. Examples are FreeCommander or XYplorer. Launchbar will open a new instance always, irrespective of any settings within launchbar or the application itself.

I should mention that it seems to apply to portably run applications only, and that I call them with relative paths

Not sure if anything can be done about it, maybe the fault lies with those applications. Just wondering if there might be workarounds?

LaunchBar Commander / Auto-Hide without Docking
« on: October 19, 2014, 01:40 AM »
One thing I have not figured out yet: How do I get a horizontal launchbar that auto-hides after launching a program or folder from it?

What I'd like to do: Have a horizontal bar positioned at the top of the screen like a dropdown menu, but NOT pop up when the mouse touches the edge. Some of my programs (like ScreenshotCaptor) show important menus on the same auto-hide basis. I don't want Launchbar to cover up these other toolbars when I reach the screen edge.

LaunchBar Commander / Linking to .msc console
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:08 AM »
How do I link to Microsoft's Management console?
Simply entering "services.msc" or "Eventvwr.msc" etc does not work.
I tried to emulate pressing WIN+R, then Eventvwr.msc - but that won't do the trick, either. The SendKeys feature does not seem to support the WIN-modifier key.  :tellme:

Great tool, btw.  :Thmbsup: Just came upon this and now I am trying to replace my current launcher.

Or any other modifier key to allow drawing a straight line.
The SHIFT key would be my preference, however, since it has become a quasi-standard for keeping drawing tools restrained (perfect squares instead of rectangles, circles instead of ovals, horizontal/vertical instead of wobbly lines)

This would turn the paintbrush into a great highlighter-pen.  :Thmbsup:

Screenshot Captor / Disable Ctrl Q
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:22 AM »
I wish there was a way to disable the Ctrl+Q hotkey.
Many other programs use it to QUIT the application, so I got into the habit of pressing it when finished. Accidentally deleting the active screenshot in the process.

Why do we need Ctrl+Q if we have DEL that does the same thing? Apart from many other ways to delete. Very non-standard and confusing, with no apparent advantage over the usual methods of deleting.

Screenshot Captor / SUGGESTION: Hotkeys for Drawing Tools
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:16 AM »
To quicky switch between a-rrows and t-ext and back again to the selection tool.
Especially important since the "bigger icon improvement" has been put on hold. It's tedious having to aim at the tiny icons on a hi-res screen. Tool-shortcuts (one letter please) would make it easier. They should not respond when in TextBox or Caption Mode (naturally). These modes must be exited first (ESC) before A-rrows and F-rames etc work again.

Screenshot Captor / SUGGESTION: Bezier curves
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:10 AM »
Lower priority, but nice-to-have: Curved lines that you can bend easily via 2 Bezier anchor points for dragging their shape
It's not just that they look nicer in many instances, they also avoid that crowded look of criss-crossing arrows all getting in each others way.

Screenshot Captor / SUGGESTION: Custom Presets
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:08 AM »
I have a bunch of colored underlines and arrow types that I keep using - and setting up - again and again.
To speed up the worfklow, it were nice to store customized tools as presets in a favorite-tool dropdown, or as seperate icons on a second favorite Toolbar

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