Cannot "pan" editor (scroll horizontally) via mousewheel or trackpad

Dave shared this problem 4 years ago
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I'm performing a "bake-off" among prototyping tools (so far, Balsamiq, UXPin, JustInMind, Macaw, and hand-coding in HTML and JavaScript). I like JustInMind quite a bit. One thing that slows me down a lot is having to click and drag on your miniature horizontal scroll bar to pan the edit window horizontally.


I can scroll vertically with a trackpad gesture (or via the mousewheel), but you're not allowing the same convenience for horizontal panning. I'm not sure why. On many apps, including PhotoShop CC, which it's obvious that you're imitating, holding shift while scrolling pans the workspace. Very convenient.


With widget panels open on both sides, the edit window is quite a bit narrower than the Web site I'm designing, so I spend more time than I'd like acquiring that narrow scrollbar target and dragging it from side to side. It's an unsatisfying user experience.


Moreover, unlike most scrollbars, clicking in the track outside the scrolling "thumb" does not jump by a screenful, but by some tiny increment. Also inconvenient and unsatisfying.

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Hi Dave,


I'll forward your suggestions to the development team.


For now I can suggest you use 'space'+click+drag which allows you to drag the editor.


You can also zoom in/out by pressing Ctrl and scrolling up/down.


Thank you for the feedback.


Best,


Marc

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Wow! I wouldn't have expected the space-drag thing: I'm glad you'll ask the team to look into taking advantage of the learned behaviors from other similar programs.


In my original post, I think I mis-spoke: In Photoshop, at least on the Mac, you hold down "Command" while scrolling to pan back and forth.


Thanks for the suggestion. It's better than trying to acquire that skinny little scrollbar target.


Another suggestion, borrowed from YouTube, would be to widen the scroll bars when the mouse gets over them: that is a clever way to preserve screen space and honor Fitts's Law.


I use the Mac's built-in screen zoom (control-scroll) all the time. It's better than zooming in-app, because fonts don't get all weird.

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Hi Dave,


Thank you for your suggestions, we will notify you as soon as we know in which version they will be implemented.


Best,


Marc