On 01/26/2009 03:42 PM, bulia byak wrote:
> Now that the Eraser tool is in SVN for quite some time, what do people
> think of it? Is it useful? In what mode do you use it, if at all?
I don't use it too often, but only when it offers something to be done a
little easier. Specifically the cutting through a selection of multiple
objects. If our boolops did that, I would probably just use that
instead. I think as a tool, if it was more robust, I probably would use
it much more often then.
> Disclaimer: as you may remember I was against this tool from the
> beginning, considering it redundant. Its Delete mode is equivalent to
> Alt+drag followed by Del in Selector, and its Cut mode is now
> equivalent to Alt+drag in Calligraphic pen which I just added:
> * When drawing with<b>Alt</b>, Inkscape<b>subtracts</b> the path you
> have created from the selected path (with<b>Shift</b>, it adds to the
> selected path). This allows you to quickly patch or fix problems in a
> stroke you have drawn without leaving the tool.
Very cool! The only request that I'd have is as above, if you could make
it operate on multiple objects in the way that the Eraser tool does,
that would rock.
> So, do we really have to spend the prime toolbar space on a tool which
> does what other tools already do?
This is a difficult question. I agree with Mihaela about the possible
benefit to making the program feel more approachable to newbies. Also
when I use my tablet, it is handy to flip the pen over as Alexandre
mentioned. I also think that if the tool were fleshed out a bit more it
could be quite useful.
For example, if it had a scalpal/knife/scissors (whatever) mode that
would make 0-loss cuts (only cutting, not removing pieces), that would
be fantastic. Alexandre also mentioned an idea for a non-destructive
mode that used the boolops lpe, which would also be great and different
(and I would exclusively use it over destructive cuts).
Just my .02, in it's current state it doesn't offer much, but it could