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When using the Node Tool, the bottom information line lists "Click+RightMouse to smooth node," but it feels needlessly difficult to accomplish. The user must either click+rightclick perfectly simultaneously, or rightclick and hold then left click. Unfortunately, rightclicking first (which would be easier) brings up the rightclick menu, which blocks then blocks the cursor from targeting the intended node. Meanwhile, attempting to click at the same time is finicky; if the user clicks either mousebutton even slightly before the other, it doesn't work. Either of two changes could improve usability here: setting the rightclick menu to appear on button release rather than on click, or allowing the combination leftclick and hold + rightclick to do it.

I hope that made sense. I've been up all night and I'm kind of punchy.

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+1!

Every click combination that involves left AND right mouse button at the same time should be changed! (There are a few others, like resizing the brush in AP, moving an object by it's origin in AD, or toggling "intersect with selection marquee"). Requested this a long time ago already.

Worse, when using a Wacom tablet, working the left mouse button (which is a tap with the pen tip) and right MB (can be on the rocker switch) together, becomes a fumble fest.

On top of that, the sequence of which mouse button has to be released first plays a role, too! (The fact that interactive zoom is only invoked by SPACE+CTRL, not vice versa, has been criticized numerous times).

I really don't understand why Affinity sticks so stubbornly to nonsense like that, bright as they are most places. Especially when it would be such a simple fix.

 

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This is so annoying. The worst combination of keys is to click left and right mouse buttons simultaneously because it almost always brings up the right-click menu or doesn't work because the keys aren't pressed exactly at the same time. Even if it may take time to find a fix to this, does someone know how to assign a differnt key instead of this awful combination? I didn't find a way around in the shortcuts menu because this simply isn't a shortcut.

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On 7/21/2019 at 5:08 PM, CJ Randolph said:

When using the Node Tool, the bottom information line lists "Click+RightMouse to smooth node," but it feels needlessly difficult to accomplish. The user must either click+rightclick perfectly simultaneously, or rightclick and hold then left click. Unfortunately, rightclicking first (which would be easier) brings up the rightclick menu, which blocks then blocks the cursor from targeting the intended node. Meanwhile, attempting to click at the same time is finicky; if the user clicks either mousebutton even slightly before the other, it doesn't work. Either of two changes could improve usability here: setting the rightclick menu to appear on button release rather than on click, or allowing the combination leftclick and hold + rightclick to do it.

You are totally right.

Take a wild guess - did a professional, educated user experience designer stick so stubbornly to this nonsense over the years?

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This makes the "make node smooth" feature accessible only by clicking on the corresponding button on the Context Toolbar when using the Node Tool. 

The Click + RightMouse feature is totally irrelevant. It's technically difficult to achieve because of the two mouse buttons need to be clicked simultaneously. Not to mention the right-click menu that shows up.

If Click + Alt makes node sharp-edged, why not have Click + Control make a node smooth? Or vise versa. The idea is important. Whatever combination that includes a keyboard button instead of two mouse buttons is acceptable.

That would make the "make edge smooth" much more accessible, just like the "force node into sharp point" feature.

Do people here agree?

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14 hours ago, LogosByDim said:

This makes the "make node smooth" feature accessible only by clicking on the corresponding button on the Context Toolbar when using the Node Tool. 

The Click + RightMouse feature is totally irrelevant. It's technically difficult to achieve because of the two mouse buttons need to be clicked simultaneously. Not to mention the right-click menu that shows up.

If Click + Alt makes node sharp-edged, why not have Click + Control make a node smooth? Or vise versa. The idea is important. Whatever combination that includes a keyboard button instead of two mouse buttons is acceptable.

That would make the "make edge smooth" much more accessible, just like the "force node into sharp point" feature.

Do people here agree?

Click + Alt could simply be a toggle type node like in other programs. No need to make it more complicated than that - and easy to remember (important). 🙂

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Using Right-Mouse button on Windows is ridiculous. It's used for menus. I've looked and can not find anywhere in Affinity apps or in Windows settings to disable the Right-Mouse menu option.

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On 1/20/2022 at 11:49 PM, Ron P. said:

Using Right-Mouse button on Windows is ridiculous. It's used for menus.

Unfortunately, Affinity applications often do not respect and do not follow the standards and customs of this OS.
For example, Ctrl+Insert and Shift+Insert for copying and pasting, thoroughly use of hint / tooltip, consistent use of the context menu (mouse right click), which would really adapt to the context, etc. Windows application version is secondary development branch (although paradoxically some features are only available in Win).

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