[Bf-funboard] Converting toggle buttons to pie menus

Jude Jackson syzygy6 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 05:54:29 CEST 2014

Well in that case, I'd be interested in a discussion around the idea of the
gearshift menu itself. Right now, it's sort of assumed that every option in
the pie menu proposal will be a direction in a big daisy of choices, but
that doesn't seem very conducive to an efficient workflow. Personally,
maybe since I'm one of the rare Americans who drives a manual transmission,
my gearshift idea seems intuitive, but I don't know what its limits are. It
might work well with 2-8 options, but beyond that it might be too clunky
(of course, it's not like a big daisywheel stands much better).

Anyway, a couple other keys that could be expanded:

*A* - Macro selections (select all, select none, select all of X type,
deselect X type)
*C, B* - Condense into a single key, add circle select, box select, lasso
select, &c.
*H* - Hide, hide group, hide everything else
*O* - Choose proportional editing falloff (or disable)

On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 5:07 AM, Bol Bib <bollebib at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I think they're still implementing the pie menus
> They have been in the release notes off and on for a few times now
> they need to be worked on some more,I guess.
> > Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:42:44 -0400
> > From: syzygy6 at gmail.com
> > To: bf-funboard at blender.org
> > Subject: [Bf-funboard] Converting toggle buttons to pie menus
> >
> > There was some talk for a while about introducing pie menus to Blender,
> > which to my knowledge never really got off the ground. I'm just going to
> > throw this out, since it's a way that pie menus could be implemented to
> add
> > functionality without changing any current use.
> >
> > Just for example, we have tab to switch the 3D viewport between the
> current
> > and the last-used mode. That's fine, but if you hold tab all it does is
> > rapidly flash between the Object and Edit modes as fast as your computer
> > can accept input. My proposal is to add to that: If you tap tab, it would
> > still switch to the last-used mode, but if you *hold* tab, it could pull
> up
> > a pie menu giving you access to all of the available modes. Simply move
> > your selection to the preferred mode and release tab to select (note: the
> > last used mode would always be in the center, so tapping tab would have
> the
> > same function).
> >
> > http://i.imgur.com/Rd7W0AZ.png
> >
> > I haven't tried prototyping this so I don't know how it would feel best
> to
> > use, though I imagine that for menus that would be frequently used, and
> > require more than four options, a gear-shifting menu would work better
> than
> > a big multi-pronged daisy menu; it's easier to make simple directional
> > gestures with the mouse than to move it in a very precise direction. This
> > same type of system could be added to other keys, providing more
> > functionality on fewer keys without being more difficult to use. Well, in
> > theory anyway, I haven't tested it so I wouldn't know.
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