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Feature Requests For Region Captures - Use Arrow Keys and Solid Region Lines

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Mouser, Per your request, I've started a new topic for the post I made in the v4.6 beta thread.

Any chance incorporating the request in this next release that someone made previously to have the arrow keys move / nudge the cursor cross-hairs in Grab Selected Region and Grab Fixed Size Region modes?

Also it would help to have the cross-hairs themselves made more visible to use a solid line as opposed to a dashed line. I sometimes have a hard time seeing the dashed line, a solid line would be more visible. A solid line would need to use some sort of inverse color when moving over lighter and darker backgrounds.

Would love to see these two in the v4.6 release.

Keyboard shortcut nudging sounds reasonable, though its a little bit odd to be doing it while the cursor is under mouse control..

You can of course nudge using keyboard from within SC editor, but thats because you are nudging selection size when its NOT under mouse control.

I continue to believe that if you need to do precise selection and operation, your best best is to just do a rough region capture, and then do your precise selection work INSIDE of SC, where you have full access to nudging, zoom, undo, etc.

So we're talking about nudging the location of the cursor right? Not nudging the starting location selected when left mouse was held down?

Related tip: Did you know that in region selection capture if you change your mind about starting location of capture after youve held down the left mouse, you can hit space bar to reset the starting point to current cursor location.


I'm open to trying to make the crosshairs more visible, though going to a solid line does raise visibility problems of its own in terms of melting into the background as you say, so i'm not sure about that, but maybe i can try an option to have a "solid" line that uses inverse color to the background.  Won't quite be solid but might be better that dashed for some people?

I agree with you that using the keyboard arrows to nudge cross hairs during capture would be a "bit odd" when used in conjunction with the mouse. That is if the mouse is still the only way to initiate and finalize the capture. What if a keyboard shortcut could also be used to simulate the left mouse click to start the capture?

The workflow could then be to use the mouse the locate cursor to the approximate starting location, then use the arrow keys to fine tune the starting point, and then use a shortcut key to anchor the actual starting point. You could then use the mouse to locate the approximate end point, use arrow keys to fine tune the location, then use the shortcut key to finalize the capture.

The spacebar would be an ideal shortcut key for starting / ending the capture. Since you are already using the spacebar to allow the starting point to be relocated, using the 'Ctrl' key may work just as well since it's accessible by the left hand while the right hand is on the arrow keys. You could either require the shortcut key to be held down during the process, or press/released for the start and end points.

So we're talking about nudging the location of the cursor right? Not nudging the starting location selected when left mouse was held down?
-mouser (September 10, 2013, 04:51 PM)
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I'm not sure I understand the difference here between "location of cursor" vs. "starting location". Maybe my explanation of the workflow above helped you better understand what I was thinking. If not, just let me know and I'll try to provide more detail.

Regarding the cross hairs, I'm glad to hear that you are open to using solid lines for the region selections. I think it would help. I just wanted to reaffirm your point, rather than making the line a fixed color, making the lines appear as the inverse of the background color should take care of the 'blending' issue.

I have no idea - but imagine that making line the inverse of the background colour is no men feat, if at all possible.
How about simply a slightly heavier dashed line for the cross-hairs line ?
Or, I was going to say 'marching ants' - but I see that's used for the selected area...


What do you think, next version?


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