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Please bring back the space bar

Permanent link to this post Posted by oldpink » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:29 pm

I've been test driving the 2.2.0 beta of Audacity for the last week, and I'm favorably impressed, but there's one tiny feature I'd like restored: having the space bar still usable when clicked down into the audio position and start and end audio selection area at the bottom.
The space bar definitely works with 2.1.3, but it seems only logical that it should continue working with 2.2.0.
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Re: Please bring back the space bar

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:43 pm

Thanks for your comments, but I'm not exactly clear about what you mean. I think that you may be describing a 'bug'.
Could you try to give a bit more description about the problem.
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Re: Please bring back the space bar

Permanent link to this post Posted by oldpink » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:16 pm

Thanks for the reply and for the tip on how to describe exactly which components I'm talking about.
What I'm talking about is when I'm clicked down in one of the parts of the Selection Toolbar not being able to stop audio playback with the spacebar until I click anywhere else on the Audacity screen.
With version 2.1.3, I was always able to start and stop the audio playback with just the spacebar when clicked down in the Selection Toolbar, but now I have to click the start and stop buttons directly.
I liked the previous behavior much better because it's rather cumbersome having to move the mouse pointer around between the play and stop buttons.
It was so much quicker to find where exactly where I wanted my edits to go by first clicking in the audio start portion of the Selection Toolar, then starting the audio with the spacebar to start playback to listen for a moment, hitting the spacebar again to stop audio playback, then rapidly changing the start of the audio forward or backward in the Selection Toolbar using the keyboard, then restarting playback, and repeating the process until I find where I want to make my edit without having to move the mouse to find where I want to make the edit.
I know that's a hell of a run-on sentence, but when you see exactly what I mean in action, it's easy to see why it's so much quicker having the spacebar work when using the Selection Toobar directly, and I'm certain that this is a bug because the "P" key still works to pause audio when using the Selection Toolbar directly.
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Re: Please bring back the space bar

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:27 pm

I have logged this as a bug because I don't believe it is an intentional "feature", and I agree that it is more cumbersome than the behavior in previous versions of Audacity.
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Re: Please bring back the space bar

Permanent link to this post Posted by oldpink » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:13 pm

Thank you, Steve!
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Re: Please bring back the space bar

Permanent link to this post Posted by waxcylinder » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:31 pm

And it looks like it's been fixed already for the next release (the upcoming 2.2.0)
http://bugzilla.audacityteam.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1727 8-)

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