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Smarter Right-Click and Middle-Click

+36 votes
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asked Jun 29, 2016 in Look and Feel by Scoox (11,450 points)
retagged Jun 29, 2016 by Scoox

Hi all, this is a very simple request. At the moment middle-click brings up the tool picker. The tool picker can be useful but it would also be useful if we could use the middle-click swipe action to pan the Arrange View, Piano Roll and Audio Editor. My proposed solution is this:

  • Middle-click without moving the mouse in Arrange View, Piano Roll or Audio Editor: Opens tool picker only after releasing middle button. If the mouse moves, then the tool picker won't show up.
  • Middle-click+Swipe in Arrange View, Piano Roll or Audio Editor: Pans view up/down & left/right.

At the moment the only way to navigate with the mouse is by dragging the ruler. This has two drawbacks: (1) it's too easy move the mouse vertically which changes zoom level ,and (2) the ruler is harder to aim for because it's narrow.

Other suggestions for the ruler area:

  • Middle-click + vertical swipe on ruler is ignored.
  • Middle-click + horizontal swipe on ruler pans left/right.
  • Left-click + vertical swipe on ruler zooms in/out.
  • Left-click + horizontal swipe on ruler pans left/right.

Finally, one more thing: Once the tool picker is visible, middle-clicking outside the picker should close the picker! Currenly this is not the case.

The same principle can be applied to the right mouse button so that different things happen depending on whether the mouse moved before the button was released, for example:

  • Rght-click, not moving: Context menu.
  • Right-click, moving: Delete clips/notes

Thanks everyone and vote if you like this feature request.

12 Answers

+3 votes
answered Jul 5, 2016 by Skip Jones (161,660 points)
selected Apr 30, 2018 by AlexTinsley
 
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+1 vote
answered Jan 20, 2018 by Scoox (11,450 points)
This ain't gathering much support... seriously, the MMB is completely under-utilised in S1. Need to be able to pan in the various editors by grab-and-drag. Many graphic design applications work this way, FL Studio works this way. It enables accurate navigation and positioning. It would be a huge workflow improvement.
0 votes
answered Apr 19, 2018 by yoshihidenori (370 points)
Please support!
0 votes
answered Dec 5, 2018 by stefanschulz1 (190 points)
I am brand new to StudioOne coming from Cubase. One of the first things I notices is a break in producitivity by having to use Scrollbars or Shift-/Ctrl-Shift Mousewheel to pan in the editing windows. I got so used to using the Middle Mouse button for panning that I constantly open up the tool picker.

Using the Middle Mouse for panning is really common nowadays, be it the web browser or professional art programs like Photoshop or Affinity's tools. Would be great to have in StudioOne as well. Especially saving quite some mouse miles.

Thanks, Stefan
+2 votes
answered Feb 15 by Scoox (11,450 points)
Middle button to pan is very common in graphic design and 3D modelling software, it significantly enhances the user experience and increases productivity.
0 votes
answered May 19 by richardhowle (180 points)
You've got a vote from me. As a prior Cubase user, it's the only deal breaker.

There's already a toolbox kinda thing if you right click anyway. Why have this function twice with both middle and right click?
+1 vote
answered May 19 by fschmidt (1,500 points)
Don't wait for the votes, just do it if the idea has only advantages.
0 votes
answered May 22 by Scoox (11,450 points)
Pity this didn't make it into the 4.5 update.
0 votes
answered Jul 7 by bradleyszyperski (1,130 points)
edited Jul 7 by bradleyszyperski

www.magicprefs.com for MAC OSX Users.
It's Free and its EVERYTHING your looking for.

The mouse in studio one should be full custom much like magicprefs allows you to do.

PRESONUS take some pointers. 
They are able to do everything everyone has asked to do with magic mouse in one small background applicaiton... and its free.

0 votes
answered Sep 26 by jeremiahmcgowan (300 points)

Middle-click + scroll on wheel: vertical zoom in/out on ruler.

I agree with:

  • Middle-click + vertical swipe on ruler is ignored. (So this does not move the view at all)
  • Middle-click + horizontal swipe on ruler pans left/right. (The view is only moved horizontally by this and there is movement vertically, as described above)
It could be confusing or difficult to implement the part about moving or not moving (to open the tool picker) while holding the middle button. I think just the option to turn on or off the tool picker or the option to freely assign it would be helpful. You can already change tools with a right click or going up to the controls at the top or even the keyboard shortcuts, we don't need a fourth way, we could use the mouse wheel button to scroll horizontally and also to zoom in while holding and physically scrolling on the wheel itself.
0 votes
answered Sep 26 by Scoox (11,450 points)
@jeremiahmcgowan Some interesting thoughts there, and you are probably right. I personally dislike that middle click took picker. It would be much better to move the two-dimensional took picker to the top of the right-click menu, similar to Bitwig. The ultimate solution is not a better picker but smarter tools that don't need constant switching.
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answered Oct 26 by vladimirbulaev (200 points)

+100 for Modified behaviour of the Middle Mouse Button to allow pan and smooth zoom actions.

You haven't done it yet? Seriously?

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