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Modify trackpad settings for Photoshop work on laptops Apps
I have recently been learning a lot more about Photoshop. One of the tips I have learned is that you don't have to switch out of the currently active tool in order to move the image around. If you hold down the spacebar, you can click and drag to move around the image you are working on, then when you let go of the spacebar you are still in the tool you were using before. Whatever it may be.

That's pretty handy, but it's very choppy and didn't work well on my Powerbook's trackpad. No problem with an external mouse. I almost bought an external mouse simply because of this, and then I remembered something. OS X has a setting in the Mouse Preferences pane for "Ignore Trackpad when typing." Bingo. I turned that off, and I can use Photoshop easily again.
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Modify trackpad settings for Photoshop work on laptops
Authored by: webmonkey on Aug 13, '03 11:51:21AM

Thanks for the tip!

You can actually move the display in the majority of Adobe apps without changing your tool. The full shortcut is: Command+SpaceBar, then release Command and move the mouse. (With space still held down.)

This way you can, for example, move the display in InDesign even when the typing tool is selected. Handy!



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Re: Modify trackpad settings for adobe apps
Authored by: subpixel on Aug 13, '03 01:05:59PM

Yeah, this works for Illustrator too! I found it so annoying! Gone! Thanks!

Try using the CTRL, OPT, Shift, Space, and Apple/Command keys to get all sorts of options to tools and palettes in Adobe apps. You can use combinations of these keys for even more variations. (symmetric, vs asym; center-based vs corner-based; copy-drag; zoom; pan; constraints, etc.) Experiment away!



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Modify trackpad settings for Photoshop work on laptops
Authored by: ali baba on Aug 15, '03 09:25:26AM

"You can actually move the display in the majority of Adobe apps without changing your tool. The full shortcut is: Command+SpaceBar, then release Command and move the mouse. (With space still held down.)"

get your facts straight, for adobe and macromedia:

hand tool = spacebar only
zoom in tool = spacebar + cmmnd (then drag or click)
zoom out tool = spacebar + cmmnd + alt



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Modify trackpad settings for Photoshop work on laptops
Authored by: chambone on Aug 13, '03 02:38:52PM

Excellent stuff! This has been bugging me for months. Heh, I almost forgot how smooth it's supposed to go.



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Modify trackpad settings for Photoshop work on laptops
Authored by: qloops on Aug 13, '03 02:53:38PM

The space-bar/drag combo is also applicable in Illustrator and Flash, among other apps. Once you get used to this, you can't live without it! Thanks for the tip, I was also using a mouse on my Powerbook just to get around this!



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Modify trackpad settings for Photoshop work on laptops
Authored by: murat on Oct 03, '03 04:29:44PM

the reason your original solution was choppy using the trackpad is that awhile back, Apple changed things so that in addition to ignoring accidental trackpad trapping, trackpad MOVEMENT is ignored as well. I reported this as a bug, and they replied that it's working as designed. If you're bothered as much by this as I am, I'd encourage you to submit a bug report at <developer.apple.com/bugreporter/index.html>



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