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27 minutes ago, GizmoStudios said:

I make a big deal out of this since a lot of apps I own (most Adobe apps) cancel out of your edit when hitting escape, which I think is expected behaviour.

But there are many apps that do not use or need to use Escape to exit text entry mode. How can you justify calling it "anti-pattern" knowing that?


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31 minutes ago, Alfred said:

The reason is simple: there is no need for a separate action to commit your changes, so if you want to switch to doing something else you just need to choose another tool. If you decide you didn’t actually want the changes you made, there’s an ‘Undo’ command to deal with that.

Clicking on another tool... most people (including me)  use shortcuts to select tools. But you can't use any shortcut since you're still in editing mode, and the only way to get out is to use the escape key (which is cancel/undo in other apps) or grab the mouse and click another tool, which is time consuming rather clunky when you are a shortcut user. 

I'm done arguing here actually.. my custom hotkey with BetterTouchTool works somewhat, and I don't have any hope that this gets changed or implemented anyway seeing how defensive staff/other users get when I (and others) try to point out that it's not nice that we can't set a shortcut other than escape to do this.

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27 minutes ago, R C-R said:

But there are many apps that do not use or need to use Escape to exit text entry mode. How can you justify calling it "anti-pattern" knowing that?

Anti in that I have to be careful not to hit escape in other programs since it has the opposite effect.

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7 minutes ago, GizmoStudios said:

Clicking on another tool... most people (including me)  use shortcuts to select tools.

How many other people did you ask before coming to that debatable conclusion?

More to the point, which other tools would you want to select after exiting text entry mode that do not require use of the mouse? You can't do everything from the keyboard so you will still need to use the mouse (or stylus or whatever) to use brushes, make selections, draw shapes or curves, & do many other things routinely done by almost every graphics app user.

In fact, because it is efficient it is common to use the mouse while in text entry mode, for example to reposition or rotate a text block; to resize a text frame; or select a run of text to change its style, size, or other text attributes.

33 minutes ago, GizmoStudios said:

Anti in that I have to be careful not to hit escape in other programs since it has the opposite effect.

I have to be careful in essentially every app I use not to hit the wrong key, but I don't consider that to be "anti-pattern" or anything like that.


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