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M is for Bone

It looks like Creative Suite CS5 has amended their zoom keystroke bungle they released with CS4. I wrote a post about it here. They changed the default keystroke of zoom to m (and renamed it Magnify) to make room for a third string tool like the Bone tool. Firstly, bone doesn’t even begin with z, so why would it make sense to transpose those? The keystroke for the Zoom tool is z in every Adobe program, so why was an exception made for Flash? I guess there was a public outcry or Adobe checked their user data and found that everyone changing it back to the way it should be.

Photoshop CS4 and OpenGL

pixelgridThis is the new Photoshop CS4 sleeper feature. It doesn’t quite have the bling-bling of the 3D features added or the groundbreaking content aware scaling feature but it subtly affects the way you interact with the application. OpenGL runs off your video card (if your card has it) and allows for these new interface upgrades.

The pixel grid makes the division between pixels more obvious at higher magnifications. I think this could be very useful for creating pixel icons. I personally map out my pixel icons out in Illustrator. It is really tedious, using the move command to move and duplicate a 1 pixel square rectangle to make the shape. I like pain. I must. I guess I just like the idea of them being scalable vector icons. Even though they’ll never be larger than 100% size. This feature may make me rethink my pixel icon workflow. Read more …

Zoom and Doom

When you use the keyboard shortcut to zoom in (command +) or zoom out (command -) in Photoshop the window scales along with the image. If you haven’t gotten used to this quirky default behavior yet there is a one-click fix to get it out of your life forever.

Well, at least until the next time you have to drop your preference file. Go to Photoshop > Preferences > General (command K) and click off “Zoom Resizes Windows”. Now the keyboard commands behave the same as the zoom tool. If your missing the good times you used to share with this behavior, take solace in knowing that you can bring it back just by moving your thumb over. You can use the alternate zoom behavior by adding option to the key command. Simply press (option command +) for zoom in and (option command -) for zoom out to bring back the glory days of window scale and zoom.

Get Out of Text Box Free Card

This is a great shortcut that has been a long time coming and has finally arrived in InDesign CS3. When typing in a text box press ESC to lose focus on the text frame and switch to the Selection tool. I can’t tell you how many times I have typed a “v” or “a” in text being such a keystroke freak. Thankfully, I am also aware that it is a habit of mine and so far I have never had a “v” stick around long enough to see a printed piece.

This is probably the reason why Quark made such user-unfriendly keystrokes. Just to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It is a sensible thing to do, but this is why proofreaders exist. And spell check. I would rather have the option to make that mistake than to be limited to whatever the keystroke is for all of Quark’s tools. I’m pretty rusty, but I think it was (option command TAB) to cycle forward and (shift option command TAB) to cycle backward. That gives me Carpal Tunnel just thinking about it. Read more …