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Syncing the mouse and pen inputs.

Nov 12, 2011, 01:37 (This post was last modified: Nov 12, 2011 11:06 by PeterB.)
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Syncing the mouse and pen inputs.
This is my first post on here and I want to say that GIMP is awesome and I can't wait 'till GIMP 2.8. However, I've noticed a serious issue with the design of GIMP that needs to be addressed in GIMP 2.8. That is the separation of the input devices. The mouse holds one tool, while the pen holds another with no exchange between the two. I'm asking for an option to sync these devices so that they both do the same thing. I can understand the design logic behind separating the input devices, but there is a problem with it. In my case, the active area of my pen tablet is smaller than my screen. When I use it, the movements of the cursor are too sensitive because they are magnified by the screen size. To make it feel more natural, I reduce the screen area so that the pen is only active in a portion of the screen to match the size of my tablet. This makes it nearly impossible to use GIMP with a pen tablet because all the tools and settings are out of reach from my pen. Normally, I would just use the mouse to reach anything that my pen can't, but in GIMP the mouse is separate from the pen, so whatever I do with the mouse doesn't reflect back onto the pen. Hopefully I've explained this clearly enough.

One way around this is to use keyboard shortcuts and move the dialog windows into the screen area of my pen tablet. Since the dialog windows would cover the canvas, I would need to hide them on command by pressing tab. The problem with this is that pressing tab doesn't always toggle the appearance of the windows on and off. Pressing it once will bring them up, but pressing it again will simply scroll through the options of the active window. This is very frustrating. Also, if I have multiple dialog windows open, they reappear on top of each other when I bring them back up again. This is also extremely annoying.
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