[PD] pasted objects now end up under the original object

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Mon Sep 1 13:09:49 CEST 2008

Miller Puckette hat gesagt: // Miller Puckette wrote:

> Right, control-D should probably stay as it is, but separately copying and
> pasting migt want to do something "smarter".

What about this idea/specification for a possible smart placement:

1) user presses Ctl-C and copies objects from coordinates (xc,yc)

2) user presses Ctl-V, mouse is at (xm, ym)

3) Objects get pasted at position: (xc, yc) - the original coordinates -
but they don't get "anchored" yet. 

Now comes the new part:

4.1 a) If user moves the mouse now, the objects move to the mouse
coordinates (xm, ym) and they "stick" to the mouse from that point on,
until the next click.

4.1 b) Alternatively one could enter the "sticky" phase only if the user
clicks the mouse, i.e. as soon as the user after step 3) clicks into the
canvas, the objects move to the mouse position and stay selected for
mouse movement until the button is released at which point the objects
are anchored and possibly deselected. Deselecting could also require a
second click. I like b) better than a): it contains less surprises.

4.2)  This alternate path is taken, if the user doesn't use the mouse,
but the cursor keys instead after step 3): The objects move relative to
their new position at (xc, yc). They are still selected.  Mouse
movements don't affect their position anymore, mouse clicks will
deselect the objects. That's basically the old, non-smart placement,
which has its uses, too.

> THe current strategy for figuring out which object you clicked on is that, if
> more tan one object is selected, Pd prefers to drag an already-selected one;
> this is much better than whatever I had going before.

Yes, that's good.


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