No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

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No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

Postby God » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:16 am

Time for a quiz. What are the X/Y/W/H values for the most recently selected object, as indicated in Screenshot #1? (You may have to download or open the attachment in its own tab, in order to see it at 100% zoom.)

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Now take a look at Screenshot #2. Did you guess correctly? If so, congratulations. You may be able to read computers' minds. Otherwise, you are probably like me and would really appreciate expandable X/Y/W/H boxes in Inkscape's “tools control bar”! I mean, look at all that wasted space! Just look at it!

I pored over the options, searched online, and even browsed other people's screenshots of Inkscape. However, nothing I found indicated this feature was available. It's ridiculous.

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Re: No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

Postby Moini » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:14 am

Tbh. I'm glad they aren't getting wider. The Text tool's options don't even fit into my screen, so I can only use letter rotation when I stretch the window beyond my screen size.
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Re: No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

Postby Lazur » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:31 am

Certainly flexibility lacks big time. On my laptop screen when the inkscape window is on the left or right half of the screen, the H box is missing.
Too bad that is the easiest way to set up screen recording and then I'm forced not to use that feature or to make unnecessary moves -which may work or not, interfering with the screen capturer (sharex on win 10).

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Re: No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

Postby brynn » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:31 am

Oh, you're talking about the fact that you can only see, typically, 3 digits on the left of the decimal point and 2 on the right, even though there may be any number of digits. Right?

I guess it would not take up much space if those fields can automatically expand to hold whatever value they contain. Or contract if they only need to hold a few. I would not like them to be permanently wider, because then, we would get complaints from people who only use values with 1 or 2 digits on either side of decimal, that it's wasted space because they never need it. So you see, it works both ways!

But if the fields would expand or contract according to the value which they contain, that would seem to be a reasonable solution.

You would be welcome to submit a feature request. Those are handled as bug reports, in the bug tracker (that's just how Inkscape does it, and I have no idea why). Please be sure to put [UX] in the title of the bug report/feature request. It will help to keep the work organized.

Although, that does sound more like eye candy (in my opinion) (note that I'm not a developer), and might not be considered something to hurry up with. Well, not unless you happen to have the necessary skills? Are you familiar with open source development? If you do happen to have the right skills, you're totally welcome to join the development team. Please find info about that here:

You wouldn't happen to be using Inkscape on a hi def or high dpi screen, would you? That is a known problem, that the interface becomes entirely too small, and virtually unusable. I think I've heard that the next new version will support those screen resolultions.

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Re: No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

Postby tylerdurden » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:59 am

The boxes in my current version show up to 6 digits... Justified left, so the decimals push out the right of the box.

More than six places to the left of the decimal freaks out the system.

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Re: No-Brainer Feature Request: Variable-Width X/Y/W/H Boxes

Postby prkos » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:20 am

I'd love to have this feature. Having to fiddle too much with arrows and mouse can be annoying.

BTW your screenshots would be easier to view if you cropped them horizontally too ;)
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