dflock Posted September 18, 2007 Share Posted September 18, 2007 Hi, Just a quick feature suggestion, with a mock-up, no less! How about an image navigator built in to the image thumbnails in the top right toolbar - the document selector tabs? If you've got a large image open, or you're zoomed in a lot, it can be quite difficult to navigate your way around an image, especially as your position is reset if you switch to another image and back. How about making the image thumbnails themselves into an image navigator - that way when you switched images using the tabs, you could immediately move the viewport to the part of the image you're interested in working on, because the mouse pointer is right there. This might look something like this: The black and red box overlaid over the first thumbnail represents the currently visible area of the image - dragging this box around the image with the mouse would move it - and move the currently visible area of the image. I would have this overlay box only appear when you hover the mouse over the current images thumbnail, not be visible all the time, or on all tabs. Clicking the current thumbnail would centre the current view on the spot clicked. Clicking any of the other thumbnails behaves exactly as it does now, except that once that tab becomes the current active one, the overlay box would appear, allowing you to navigate within the image. Maybe images which completely fit inside the current Paint.NET window without scrolling wouldn't get an overlay box at all? Or maybe a full sized box that doesn't move, just for consistency? This link explains how the image Navigation pallete works in Photoshop: http://www.learnthat.com/Computers/learn.asp?id=2178&index=11 I envisage a mini version of that, built into the document tabs. This sounds to me like a useful feature, that could be implemented without a huge amount of code upheaval and which wouldn't clutter the interface or impact users who don't care about it. It's also quite discoverable, as hovering the mouse over the tabs happens when you're switching images and clicking or dragging the box provides immediate visual feedback which directly corresponds to your actions. What do you think? Good idea, bad idea or no idea what I'm talking about? Dunc Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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