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Scrolling, Zooming, General Usability?

Postby Veraxus » February 23rd, 2014, 4:14 pm

I'm having a hard time finding Vassal practical for most games. I mean, it works... but the interface appears to be 100% click-based.

For instance, to scroll horizontally in a window, I can't find any options besides dragging the scroll bars. There's no click-drag (e.g. Google Maps style) drag-scrolling, there's no OSX multitouch scrolling, there's no hot-button-pan scrolling. Just scroll bars. :-/

Second, zooming in and out is a major necessity for just about any large-board game (e.g. Robinson Crusoe, Merchants & Marauders, etc). But again, the only way to zoom appears to be buttons in a given windows toolbar! There's no hotkey-scroll zooming, no pinch-to-zoom, no zoom in/out keyboard shortcuts (the least desirable of all options)... it's just maddening.

I've tried searching for Vassal shortcuts and usability tips, but I can't find anything at all. Am I missing something? Is this really just how Vassal works? Are there really no tricks that I just happened to miss that can substantially improve usability?
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Re: Scrolling, Zooming, General Usability?

Postby uckelman » February 23rd, 2014, 4:25 pm

Thus spake Veraxus:
>
> I'm having a hard time finding Vassal practical for most games. I mean,
> it works... but the interface appears to be 100% click-based.
>
> For instance, to scroll horizontally in a window, I can't find any
> options besides dragging the scroll bars. There's no click-drag (e.g.
> Google Maps style) drag-scrolling, there's no OSX multitouch scrolling,
> there's no hot-button-pan scrolling. Just scroll bars. :-/

This will be different in the reference client for VASSAL 4.

> Second, zooming in and out is a major necessity for just about any
> large-board game (e.g. Robinson Crusoe, Merchants & Marauders, etc). But
> again, the only way to zoom appears to be buttons in a given windows
> toolbar! There's no hotkey-scroll zooming, no pinch-to-zoom, no zoom
> in/out keyboard shortcuts (the least desirable of all options)... it's
> just maddening.

There are hotkeys for zooming if the module author created them.

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Re: Scrolling, Zooming, General Usability?

Postby LB » February 23rd, 2014, 8:27 pm

For scrolling, right clicking anywhere on the map window will centre the window over the position you've clicked.
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