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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Direct Manipulation Toolbars - Tools at Your Fingertips!



“Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough.”

Dave Barry


I took this weekend off for what is probably the last snowboarding trip of the year to Mammoth Mountain in California.

It was a nice break with good friends. I came back tired and sore, but otherwise, unscathed!

Resting beneath the run called 'Cornice'


During that hiatus, I did think about what was next in Inventor, and I did want to talk briefly about the new direct manipulation mini-toolbars.

Direct Manipulation Mini-Toolbar
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They might seem simple. A little group of buttons that give you options for your tool, all next to your mouse cursor.

They don't necessarily add a new tool, just give you a different way to access them.

But don't discount them so soon. As I've started practicing with them, they make things so easy to reach, and flow so fluidly.

It's like reaching into your tool box, and your hand instantly finds the 13/16 deep socket with out fishing around.

So here's a video to take a look at!



Enjoy!

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