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 Post subject: Automatic Program Focus
PostPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 15:43 
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One DipTrace characteristic that often causes more work (mouse clicks) and wasted time is the failure of the mouse to automatically redirect the active focus of the program into whatever window it happens to be occupying at the moment. I am not talking about MS Windows "Ease of Access" mouse settings here; I am talking about the way program focus is handled within DipTrace itself. For the following example, launch the Pattern Editor, create a silkscreen drawing object in the Design Area and select/highlight it. The goal will be to move the object a unique distance not found in the list of your current custom grid sizes.

Present Method
1) Move the mouse cursor from the Design Area into the text entry area of the Grid Size box located in the Standard Toolbar.
2) Left-click in the Grid Size text box to select/highlight its text.
3) Type "3.45".
4) Move the mouse cursor back to the Design Area.
5) Left-click once on the drawing object to deselect the Grid Size box and to return program focus to the Design Area.
6) Press the up arrow key once to move the drawing up 3.45mm.

In addition to requiring multiple mouse-clicks, another disadvantage to the current behavior is exposed when several objects in the Design Area have been selected and, after returning from the Grid Size box and clicking in the Design Area, you have to re-select all of the previously-selected objects again. This can add more time and mouse-clicks for densely-packed designs.

For improved working efficiency, DipTrace should adopt...

Automatic Program Focus
1) Move the mouse cursor from the Design Area into the text entry area of the Grid Size box located in the Standard Toolbar (without clicking), which should automatically shift program focus to the Grid Size text box (its text should now be selected/highlighted).
2) Type "3.45".
3) Move the mouse cursor back to the Design Area (without clicking) to automatically return program focus to the still-selected/highlighted object(s).
4) Press the up arrow key once to move the selected/highlighted object(s) up 3.45mm.

This saves at least two mouse clicks (or more depending on how many objects were previously selected/highlighted), which may not seem like much until you find yourself moving a lot of things around using a few uncommon distances.

Additional Advantages
1) Mouse-over any visible window featuring a scrollbar (except for the Design Area where the scroll wheel zooms the view) and use the scroll wheel to scroll through its list without clicking on the scrollbar, just like what now occurs in the Hotkey Settings dialog window. This can be useful for scrolling through libraries and parts lists in the Library and Design managers.
2) Mouse-over any visible text entry box and have its text selected/highlighted (without clicking) so you can begin typing in a new value immediately.
3) Mouse-over any visible drop-down list and use the scroll wheel to scroll through the list without clicking on its down-arrow.

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