Posted: Thu, 12th Feb 2009, 6:35pm
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I am thinking about buying PhotoKey Batch, seems to be very nice, but...
The keyboard is completely disabled??? I am on Windows. I am not a mouse user, much prefer the keyboard shortcuts but there is not even a way to get to the main menu, say to save the end result!!!
Isn't it strange that these programs make me use the mouse in an unnatural way for example positioning the background/foreground: instead of dragging the picture, I have to adjust a slider or type in a number (but first I have to click to that field with the mouse)...
Any plans to make use of the keyboard in the near future?
Posted: Fri, 13th Feb 2009, 10:30am
Post 2 of 11
There is a keyboard shortcut for saving - Ctrl+S.
You can access the main menu via the keyboard by pressing alt, then using the arrow keys and Enter to navigate, which is fairly standard.
We're aware that people would like direct dragging of the images on the workspace and it's something we hope to implement in the future.
What other keyboard functionality are you missing?
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 8:47am
Post 3 of 11
Thanks, these are true. Still, I would like to:
- Use Alt-F to get to the "File" menu, Alt-V for the "View" menu, etc. like any Windows application.
- Have clear visual indication of which panel/dialog/toolbox and which widget within that is in focus.
- Have shortcuts for common functionality (for example Ctrl-C for Canvas, Ctrl-I for import, Ctrl-T etc.)
- Have keyboard shortcuts documented.
Posted: Thu, 25th Nov 2010, 8:59pm
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Just upgraded to version 4 and there are still no real usage of keyboard allowed. When going through hundreds of pictures, it would be soooo much faster for me to do things with the keyboard! Is it that hard to do?
Posted: Fri, 26th Nov 2010, 9:34am
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Which specific keyboard shortcuts would you like to see?
You can use the left and right arrow keys to move through your foreground images.
Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab can be used to cycle through the toolsets.
Another shortcut I find REALLY useful is using the Insert key to toggle the matte view on and off.
Posted: Sat, 27th Nov 2010, 1:02pm
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I completely agree. Going through this program is difficult for me as well because of no short cuts. I understand how to use the program but find it's lack of user interface capabilities to be it's down fall. I write software myself and just feel that you're programmers need to figure out a way to make working with images faster.
Posted: Sat, 27th Nov 2010, 4:55pm
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Can you provide a list of the shortcuts you would like to see? As Tarn has mentioned several times, there are quite a number of keyboard shortcuts already in place, though apparently not the ones you are wanting?
I like keyboard shortcuts too, and can totally appreciate how they can speed up workflow a bit, but I've never considered PhotoKey's interface to be slowing me down (though using a key that doesn't exist on a mac for the matte view hotkey doesn't thrill me). So I am curious about your insights, and how exactly it could be improved for you.
Posted: Mon, 29th Nov 2010, 11:35am
Post 8 of 11
If you guys could provide a comprehensive list of the shortcuts you'd find useful and would like to see, I'll pass them on to the developers to see if we can incorporate them into an update.
Posted: Wed, 1st Dec 2010, 11:33am
Post 9 of 11
Another call to those involved in this topic: If you have specific keyboard shortcuts you would like to see, please let us know ASAP. If you don't tell us what you want, we won't be able to include them in an update.
Posted: Wed, 1st Dec 2010, 1:35pm
Post 10 of 11
Would really love a shortcut on the keyboard that shows the final result on a second monitor without any toolbar or menu. Just the photo in front of a black background
Posted: Sun, 5th Dec 2010, 12:33pm
Post 11 of 11
Ok guys, firstly, great product overall. I've just used the new version of Photokey4 pro at a real busy event, and the shortcomings of the lack of keyboard shortcuts is evident. This is how I'd like to use it to wring every ounce of performance out of it.
Shift A, X, Z, grouping for the main menu items is great, but it could be so much better within each group. For example, resizing an image. How about arrow keys for nudge and shift arrow for 10 pixel nudge, a la Photoshop? Or if people are using mouse, scroll button for size and click drag for position? These are standard items in other products. This'll cover both types of user.
Even using the arrow keys within the menu items to scroll up/down the sub items could work. For example, Effects menu selected. Arrow keys to scroll up/down the sub menus, enter to select, up/down arrow keys to move to relevant slider, left/right to move slider, enter to save setting, esc to step back as much as necessary. This will keep one hand going until esc is needed. Or use f-keys to select the submenus. Or ctrl (cmd) a, z, x, or whatever to do the same job. Just make it comprehensive, though, as it seems as though you've done half a job with the shortcuts.
On a seperate issue, can't get the Hot Folder to work properly as it keeps hanging the program. Loads the updates eventually, but reverted to manual import as can't wait for it to work. Shame - great idea.