navigational annoyance

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22 Jan, 2024 06:38 PM

Next time you are working on the app perhaps you could fix this annoyance:
    Dead center between the New Note and Study All Due icons there is a quarter inch wide area where a click and hold of the mouse is inoperable as far as being able to grab and drag the app window to another spot on the screen. Seems like a minor thing, but I naturally and reflexively go to this spot on the app window when I want to move it because it is a larger area of open space and, presumably, the easiest to grab without instead clicking on an icon. You'd think after years of putting with the annoyance daily, I would have Pavlovian training to avoid it. Yet unfortunately that is not the case and my unconscious reflexes to grab that area have proven too resistant. Since this is an easy fix, please rid me of this daily aggravation and make that area active to the mouse.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 23 Jan, 2024 08:19 AM

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    Huh. I never noticed that. You are right, there is something that prevents it right at that spot. I noticed if you drag there at the level of the text, it does work. It also works between other icons.

    Not sure what is going on there, because that code should all be under the control of Apple, ie standard toolbar behavior. We'll see if we can find anything.

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 23 Jan, 2024 08:19 AM.

  3. zeppo re-opened this discussion on 23 Jan, 2024 04:27 PM

  4. 2 Posted by zeppo on 23 Jan, 2024 04:27 PM

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    I don't know anything about using a platform to create Apple apps, so I'm coming at it from a JavaScript or C# perspective where this is easily under the control of the programmer. But I would assume that the toolbar contains elements which in turn contain the icons. And in this case, it is simply a case of changing the margins of the elements surrounding the dead space so that they meet, or changing an attribute of the element so that they expand to meet. Or, it is a case of a 'phantom' element existing between the elements containing New Note and Study All Due whose bare bone structure was created but never developed (no clickable attribute) and just needs to be deleted.

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 24 Jan, 2024 08:01 AM

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    Actually, I think I know what that space is now. It is probably a fixed space from the toolbar control. My guess is that you could even replace it, and then could drag. Just choose View > Customize Toolbar. You can probably replace it with a standard "Space" or even multiple ones, or just drag the flexible space away. In any case, I'm sure you could make an edit to get it working.

  6. 4 Posted by zeppo on 25 Jan, 2024 01:39 AM

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    Yes, that's what it was. It is included in the default toolbar, but unlike spaces that the user can add, it has an invisible border and is unclickable (unless you are in customizing mode). I wasn't even aware it was there to be dragged off the toolbar, but once I tried it I was able to be rid of it.

    Seems like it would be better to get rid of that in your next edition and replace it with a 'space' or 'flexible space' as provided in the customization options. That way the user would know it was there, and the app is rid of the dead space on the toolbar.

  7. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 25 Jan, 2024 08:42 AM

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    OK, good to know. We'll take a look.

  8. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 25 Jan, 2024 08:42 AM.

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