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variable slider speed option

Started by marmil, October 01, 2011, 10:03:05 pm

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Sometimes I find when I'm trying to move a slider just a tiny little bit it's moving too much to be able to use the mouse and I have to resort to typing in different values.  For example in a Height Selector node, adjusting one of the vertical sliders or the fall off adjustment, when grabbing a slider's position indicator and moving my mouse just a tiny bit it causes the value to jump by an amount much larger then I would like.  I'm not sure if this is the way the node is setup or if it's something to do with my mouse settings (I do have my mouse sensitivity set rather high).

What I'd like to propose though, is that if you hold down a key (such as Ctrl or Shift key) when you drag a slider that maybe it moves/increments at only 1/10th or 1/100th of the current incrementing behavior.  Ctrl for 1/10 and Shift for 1/100 speed.

Another option I've seen used is the option of resizing the dialog box so the slider becomes much longer on the screen.  This also allows for finer control of the movement since the min to max range is over a much larger screen space distance.

I've used a few other programs that have these sort of options/behaviors for adjusting sliders and it's very useful when trying to make small adjustments.  I personally prefer the modifier key (Ctrl, Shift example) option.


Yes, there's definitely a lot I would like to do to improve the UI of WM. Unfortunately it falls into a "good enough" category right now as I focus on more critical issues to improve or fix.. But I definitely would love to make the UI more user friendly in ways large and small such as in a way you describe.
-- Stephen Schmitt
- Creator of World Machine


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