[Ipe-discuss] Interface changes in Ipe 7

Freek freek_ipe at vanwal.nl
Tue Nov 3 21:53:44 CET 2009

On Tuesday 03 November 2009, Otfried Cheong wrote:
> Freek wrote:
> > First, the new grid is quite prominent, I liked the old one better. Could
> > you maybe make an option to switch between the two, supposing you like
> > the new one better?
> Cairo is too slow in drawing all those dots for the old grid.  I would
> rather experiment with drawing thinner lines for the graph paper first.

Yeah, it's a little slow when you draw all dots at 4pts (I changed the code),
but I still like it better. Moreover I guessed the speed would be fine when 
leaving out some dots when zoomed out like Ipe 6 does.

> > Second, the interaction model changed a bit such that it is more like
> > other programs, which is a good thing I think. The problem I have though
> > is that moving objects works a bit clumsy now. In Ipe 6 you could just
> > use the middle mouse button to move stuff, even when in selection mode
> > and also select stuff with the right mouse button, even in other modes.
> > Although it took a bit of getting used to, it is very handy. I don't know
> > what the best solution would be, perhaps a modifier key might work (e.g.
> > ctrl+left mouse = move in select mode).
> Have you looked at http://ipe7.sourceforge.net/manual/manual_14.html ?
> Everything that was possible before is still possible, it's just that
> the modifier keys have changed.  My feeling was that it is just a matter
> of getting used to the new shortcuts.

I have to admit that I didn't read that, but still I have some trouble with 
these shortcuts:
- Shift + right mouse pops up the context menu (although I don't really care 
because middle mouse already pans);
- Alt + left mouse moves the window in KDE (very handy...) and Alt + right 
mouse resizes it (not so useful, but neither is rotation);
- Ctrl + Shift + right mouse stretches objects, just like Ctrl + right mouse.

> > P.S. are you planning on making a gradient editor at some point?
> No, that's not what Ipe is for.  If you need to wysiwyg create a
> gradient, use Inkscape and convert using svgtoipe.

Makes sense, but giving a gradient example immediately on the front page makes 
one expect more ;-)


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