[Improvement request] Keyboard shortcuts for prev/next selector

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ddenev

Hi, Sebastian

I find myself several times instinctively searching for a prev/next selector shortcut combo because going up with the mouse is too slow (especially on big monitors).

Could you consider adding these KB shortcuts – something like CTRL+ALT+Left and CTRL+ALT+Right?

Best regards,
Drago


ddenev

Dear Sebastian,

Is this something that you could add?

Thanks!


Sebastian

Absolutely!

My apologies Drago, I thought I had already responded affirmatively to this question. If it ever takes me longer than 36 hours to reply, please always follow up. Once in a blue moon my feed reader misses a post, or I forget to mark it as unread/pending. I aim to respond much quicker than 36, hours but that will be a sign it may have slipped through the net.

Cheers,
Sebastian


ddenev

No worries, Sebastian. Thanks for responding and for adding this to the backlog! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sebastian

Hey Drago,

I’m looking into this feature request right now. Unfortunately CTRL+ALT+[any arrow key] is an existing browser shortcut in Chrome and maybe some others. It changes the orientation of the browser sideways.

One thought I’ve had was to use 4 and 6 as left and right, but that requires the number pad to make sense, which not all keyboards have. Do you have an preference on an alternative shortcut?

Cheers,
Sebastian


ddenev

Hi Sebastian,

thank you for getting into this request!

I think that “Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys” is not Chrome specific but that you have some Win/Mac/Lin software that does the rotation on these global combinations – I tried them on my Windows and nothing happened (but it also could just be me 🙂 ).

Some common alternatives that I have met are (in no particular order):

  • Modifier+[ and Modifier+]
  • Modifier+, and Modifier+.
  • Modifier+minus and Modifier+plus
  • Modifier+P and Modifier+N

None of these require the availability of a numpad – which IMHO should be avoided as not every keyboard has one (e.g. laptops).

BR,
Drago


Sebastian

Yes you’re right, it must be a system shortcut. It changes the orientation of other applications too.

How about:

Previous selector: CTRL+ALT+, (comma)
Next selector: CTRL+ALT+. (full stop)

On my keyboard, these characters appear under < and > (as in shift+, types a < character). I presume they are side by side on most keyboards even if they have different shift alternatives…


ddenev

Looks perfect to me! 🙂


Sebastian

Great, I’ve just released a new version with these keyboard shortcuts. And the previous release highlights the current selector in the main menu 🙂

Cheers,
Sebastian


ddenev

Hi Sebastian,

thank you so much for implementing those requests!

One small observation (I mentioned this in another thread but would like to ask you again) – MT works somehow laggy, it is not… how to say… snappy or quick, even though I am not selecting any elements – responding to clicks is a little bit slow. Do you think it is possible to optimize the performance in some way?
I compare it to Yellow Pencil for example and YP does everything very fast.

Best regards


Sebastian

Hey Drago,

Performance improvements are on my immediate roadmap (instant style rendering and loading of selectors, instead of involving a network connection and the time that incurs). However, the time lag for responding to clicks isn’t something I’ve noticed on my development server. Or when I login to customers’ installs of Microthemer to provide support. So I wonder if this is something I can fix for you sooner rather than later.

Would you mind sending me access details for your site via our secure contact form so I can troubleshoot? I would like to install my development version of Microthemer which runs timers on all of MTs JS functions, so I should be able to isolate the cause.

Having the Styles tab open (instead of the Computed tab) during targeting mode does cause a known slowdown on sites that load lots of CSS code. But you should see a warning about that (if it takes longer than 1 second). And this would only have an effect in targeting mode, not when you’re applying styles.

Cheers,
Sebastian


ddenev

Hi Sebastian,

Let me open another thread so that we do not poison the current topic. I will copy your reply as well 😉


ddenev

Hi Sebastian,

checked the new KB shortcuts and they work very nice, thank you for implementing this!

Could you add the “Ctrl+Alt+,” and “Ctrl+Alt+.” to the corresponding tooltips as well?

BTW, I would only add the hint in “()” without the “Keyboard shortcut:” prefix, e.g. for the “Enable targeting mode”:
Enable targeting mode
Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T

vs
Enable targeting mode (Ctrl+Alt+T)
Just my $0.02 🙂

Best regards,
Drago


Sebastian

Sure thing Drago!

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