Maybe I should have put these into separate posts, but since they’re all related I thought it might make more sense to keep them together.
BUG - Single Click Open
When “single click open” is in effect, clicking on a folder to collapse it immediately opens whatever scene coincidentally lies under the mouse. In other words, the folder-open action doesn’t consume the mouse click, which is then transferred to the scene that happens to get pulled up into that vertical position in the tree.
FEATURE 1 - Single Click Close
In a large project, it’s useful to “glance” at scene contents. For this I use “single click open” to quickly see into a scene. Unfortunately, after peeking at many scenes (often in rapid succession), dozens of tabs are left open although I really don’t want them.
“Close all scenes but this” doesn’t help, because there are still dozen open scenes that I am currently working on. The proliferation of scene tabs makes “single click open” a lot less usable.
A great solution would be to incorporate “single click close” into the single click feature.
“Single click close” would also be useful even when single click open is not active. So it might be worth considering as a separate settings option.
“Click to close” would also be a more contextually relevant way to close scenes. At present, there’s no particular ORDER to the tabs, so if you do have many scenes open, which in my case is most of the time, it can be inconvenient to scroll sideways to find various scenes that are no longer being worked on. Finding them in the tree and clicking there to close them would be more closely related to the actual document structure.
So the two main feature scenarios are –
- traversing the tree, glancing at scene contents
- quickly closing currently open scenes (tabs)
Which leads to another feature I would dearly like to see:
FEATURE 2 - Open Scene Indicators
The scene currently displayed in the edit window is indicated in the tree by a tiny red check-disc. This is necessary for basic usability. But it would also be very helpful if there were a visual indication of all open scenes. Perhaps the same checkdisc, but in another color?
These added indicators would substantially aid in using the “click to close” workflow described above. In fact, they would make it a great alternative to managing the tabs individually.
ISSUE WITH TABS - Automatic Scrolling
I think this has been raised before. When many tabs are in use, closing tabs on the right side doesn’t automatically pull the tab display “flush right” to expose as many open tabs as possible. This results in seeing, a few tabs on the left with lots of blank space to the right, when there are still many more tabs off-screen on the left.
Thanks, and stay safe,