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

Miller Puckette mpuckett at imusic1.ucsd.edu
Mon Sep 1 13:17:05 CEST 2008

Another possibility would be to use command-shift-paste to paste and immediately
go into the "stick" state.  I think I might have to try a few different
ways to see which is most natural.


On Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 01:09:49PM +0200, Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Hallo,
> 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.
> Ciao
> -- 
> Frank
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