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dream3

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Touch strips or touch sliders
« on: February 23, 2016, 01:35:55 pm »
Hello!

I would LOVE a way to make touch slider in order to quickly change brush size in Photoshop! Something like that used to work pretty well in a AHK-based app called artdock by konartist. It only worked up until Surface Pro 2 though and now that I have the Surface Pro 4 I really miss something like that.

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Re: Touch strips or touch sliders
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 07:15:31 pm »
Hi Dream3,

We do have an option that we very recently created that allows that. It's not perfect but does work well.

set a button to "frame with R drag"+ alt.

Do to some weird palm rejection issue with windows 10 you have to lift the pen tip up while you use the button, but its still quite fast. If you set palm reject (pen settings) to right hand it works like a charm but you lose other functionality and I don't recommend the switch.

We hope to eventually surpass the Windows 10 palm rejection problems. Just a bit difficult at the moment.

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Re: Touch strips or touch sliders
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2016, 02:56:20 pm »
Hey Justice.

Thanks a lot for that. It does work but I have to lift the pen up until the brush cursor disappears, instead of just lifting it off the screen.

I hope you guys find the mystical way to deal with palm rejection. In the mean time I'll try to get used to the new workflow :)

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Re: Touch strips or touch sliders
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2016, 08:40:27 pm »
We are working on a solution soon hopefully we will have a way around it. its still a mystery. But we have a few leads to work on. =)

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Re: Touch strips or touch sliders
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2016, 12:08:32 am »
Shoot I made a layout earlier today with the slider and it works perfect!  I do not have to lift my pen way off the screen to where the cursor disappears just lift it a tiny bit to stop painting.  I'm on a Surface 3.

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Re: Touch strips or touch sliders
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017, 10:03:17 pm »
Guys, just do it how Wacom does it, using two keystrokes mapped to positive and negative axis.


Why? because it's easier for users to understand, easier to setup, and allows for more different program control schemes.
As of now, programs like krita have an awkward horizontal drag for brush size, where a vertical strip would be far more ergonomic on the hands. This is one of many instance where proper slider/strip axis mapping would make tablet pro shine more.

Keep the mouse drag sliders, add 'touch strips' so that most people will recognise the term (it's prevalent among Wacom users).

You have two keystrokes, one for the positive axis, one for the negative. The more your finger is on one side of the strip when finger movement is within an acceptable threshold, the faster that command is fired every millisecond. In the dead centre, there is no output, as it's between neutral values. Pretty simple stuff right? maybe not this simple, but the logic surely is! And any airhead can figure it out when they are mapping keys.

For instance, if you wanted great brush sizing control in photoshop, you'd have the negative axis set to '[' and the positive set to ']'.

Then if you're feeling extra brave, allow users to map X and Y axis as well so we can control size and transparency of a brush at the same time using four keystrokes.

Really simple stuff, and honestly a bit frustrating that it's not here considering tablet pro is meant to be the best available resource for this.

How about it?
« Last Edit: October 26, 2017, 10:27:03 pm by Simon Heggie »