bkh wrote:Keyboard input now goes to the active window, usually the last one which received a mouse click. The good thing is that now you can select a layer in the layer panel using the cursor keys (extremely handy if you have long layer lists, I think), but in order to move a layer, you'll have to activate the document window (e.g., by clicking its title bar) which is an extra click.
I like the new behaviour. Logically, it makes a lot more sense.
From a logical programmer's point of view, perhaps. Not from the user's point of view, in my opinion. I find it very frustrating to have to click on the main view to "confirm" I wish to move or work with that layer.
And it is quite problematic when working with zoomed in comps: where do I click? If I click in the main view, there is a good chance of activating another layer, because I am not allowed to click on any other area, except the already selected item.
My options are then to:
1) carefully click the ruler area. If not activated, I must first display the rulers. And those rulers are quite a thin area - more time lost to position the mouse pointer exactly.
2) click the title bar. Which does not work unless the window was not active in the first place. And requires more careful mouse cursor positioning.
3) click the layer tool by very carefully placing the mouse cursor on that button. However, when the layer tool is already active, I get the pop-up menu first. And I have to confirm that I wish to work with the layer tool again. More clicks. More workflow breakers;
4) click the already selected layer to confirm I wish to work with that layer. That makes no sense at all: there is a reason why I used the layers panel to select that particular layer. And now I am supposed to confirm with a click on the already selected layer that I want to move it with the keyboard keys? And what if the selected layer is obscured by other layers? Not a workable solution.
5) use a shortcut key to activate the main view?? And then let go of the mouse, press the keys, and grab the mouse again? Again a workflow breaker. What is more, many users dislike shortcut keys, and prefer the mouse.
6) when zoomed in, first zoom out and/or pan the view, until one can click on the grey part. Then zoom and pan back to continue to work. Not really an option, of course: again a workflow breaker.
7) click one of the scrollbars. Again too finicky.
It is quite simple: no other image editor which works with layers forces the user to specifically activate the main view window after selecting one or more layers in the layer panel. And this is with good reason: it breaks the workflow, and it also breaks one of the reasons why you want to use the layers panel instead of the view in the first place: to select layers which are difficult to select in the view and move them instantly with the cursor keys. It is one of the primary functions! And it is broken now.
There are too many circumstances when it becomes difficult to activate the main view by just clicking it. The user is then forced to fall back to various convoluted methods to activate the main view (careful positioning of the mouse cursor is then required).
Besides, in addition it is inconsistent when compared with how the mouse works in the view: we can zoom and pan using the mouse in the view, no matter whether it that view is "active" or not.
Any other image editor I have worked with automatically activates the main view after selecting one or more layers. A far better solution is to assign shortcut keys for layer navigation and selection.