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Moving around areas sized 13x13 or less


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As you know, when selecting an area, there are two mouse cursors - one looks like a hand, and is used to stretch the selection. The other looks like the usual arrow cursor, but black, and is used to move the selection around. A selection smaller than 14x14 is not possible to move around, because you only get the hand, not the arrow, even if you hold the mouse at the absolute center of the selection, and even if you zoom in as far as possible.

The reason for this seems to be that while holding the cursor over the selection, you get the hand cursor whenever you're within 7 pixels of the selection box strech nodes. The problem is, this is 7 pixels of the image, not 7 pixels on the monitor. So if the selection is 13x13, there is no pixel more than 7 pixels away from the edge of the selection, and the black arrow will not appear, so you can't move the selection, only stretch it. For whatever reason, a 14x14 box is possible to move, because the one pixel directly SW of the center of the selection (that is, 7 pixels up from the bottom and 7 pixels to the left of the right edge) yields a black arrow instead of a hand, and is the only pixel in the selection to do so.

I hope that, in the next version, this will be fixed so that whether a black arrow or a hand appears depends on the cursor proximity to the center of the selection relative to the size of the selection, so that holding the cursor at the center of a selection will always yield the black arrow no matter how small the selection is. This could also make it easier to stretch a large selection, since you don't need to be within 7 pixels of the stretch nodes.

Oddly enough, I've noticed that when you zoom out to less than 100%, the hand still appears within 7 monitor pixels of the stretch nodes, as opposed to when you zoom in, in which case the hand appears within 7 image pixels.

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This is a known issue. You can move the cursor beyond the selection boundaries, and the cursor will change so that you can move it.

 

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This is a known issue. Rick will fix it when he has time.

Workaround: The mouse pointer does not need to be inside of the selection in order to move it. Move your mouse outside of the selection and watch for it to change into the arrow shape. Click and drag at this point.

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Gosh, that sounds familiar....;-)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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