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Item and Content tools toggle

Last post 05-31-2008 6:42 AM by LTD. 7 replies.
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  • 05-19-2008 3:42 PM

    • Grif
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    Item and Content tools toggle

    Any chance we could have a quick key command for the item and content tool?? It's insane in this day and age to have to repeatedly move my mouse to switch between these two tools thousands of time a day. There USED to be a something-tab to toggle these two but it's long since gone.
  • 05-19-2008 3:55 PM In reply to

    • thing
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    Item and Content tools toggle

    Actually cmd-tab to go down the tool box and shift-cmd-tab to go back up is still there it's just the Mac OS grabs those keyboard shortcuts for app switching.

    So two choices - hold cmd-alt-tab to go down the tool box and add shift to that lot to go back up (which to me is a few too many keys) or grab a freebie utility called 'Pull Tab' (Google it or look on Version Tracker) and install it along with the APE program it requires. Both are system 'haxies' - programs to add functionality to the OS - you need APE to make Pull Tab work and the latter gives cmd-tab back to programs instead of doing the PC style app switch thing.

    Hope that helps a little.

    For what it's worth though, I agree - keyboard shortcuts like Photoshop etc. for the tools would be useful. Customisable ones would be even better!

    Greg
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  • 05-20-2008 12:58 AM In reply to

    • iforgot
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    Item and Content tools toggle

    Shift + the F8 key works great. You can learn alot of shortcuts in the online help that comes with Quark.
  • 05-20-2008 11:04 AM In reply to

    • Grif
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    Item and Content tools toggle

    Thanks for the replies,
    OK, so cmd-alt-tab does work, only problem with that is it's finger-numbingly awkward :-) SO is shift-f8 for single left hand flicking

    As for hacking the OS to free up cmd-tab, i use cmd-tab a lot to flick around programs, no way i want to loose it. It begs the question also, why haven't quark changed to suit the OS?? Why not just change their cmd-tab to alt-tab or, better still a single key command, OR, better still lets at least be able to reassign the f-keys.

    I guess it really becomes apparent when using Xpress after any adobe app.
  • 05-20-2008 4:50 PM In reply to

    • iforgot
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    Item and Content tools toggle

    On Windows using content tool, you can just hold down the CTRL key and it will change temporary to item tool.
  • 05-22-2008 2:09 PM In reply to

    Item and Content tools toggle

    On the mac you can change the selection of some of the tools by applescript. I have this set up on mine for the ones I use a lot. You can than assign keyboard shortcuts to them via system pref's.
  • 05-31-2008 6:07 AM In reply to

    Item and Content tools toggle

    The new usability in QuarkXPress 8 offers single stroke short cut keys for each tool in the tool palette.

    As they are pretty similar to Photoshop, it should be easy to learn and give you quick access to each tool.

    B for the generic box, V for the Item tool or P for the new Bezier Pen tool:
    http://www.quarkforums.com/resources/NewTools.jpg

    More here: http://8.quark.com/modern_intuitive_interface.html

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  • 05-31-2008 6:42 AM In reply to

    • LTD
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    Item and Content tools toggle

    I sure hope that dark grey background used in QXP8 palettes is customisable. It's hideous otherwise.
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