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saving a zoom view & locking a track

Permanent link to this post Posted by PuzzlerBob » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:13 pm

It would be nice if we could save a zoomed view to be able to quickly get back to a specific location. A hotkey to save a view, and another to restore it would be fantastic.

Another wish is to lock a track so it's can be inadvertently modified. A lock icon on the left side of the track could work for this. Sometimes I have a track that serves as a timing reference to modify the others. Some projects take hours to edit. If I accidentally do something to my reference track and don't notice it right away, then all the work after that point is wrong. I've done this before and it's very disheartening to have to toss hours of work.

Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, but I can't seem to find ways to do these thing. Forgive me if I've missed a tool already there.

Love Audacity. Keep up the great work. :)
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Re: saving a zoom view & locking a track

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:05 pm

PuzzlerBob wrote: to quickly get back to a specific location

Audacity can remember a location : "Store Cursor Position", (it doesn't remember the zoom level though).

PuzzlerBob wrote:Another wish is to lock a track so it's can be inadvertently modified ...

See Sync-lock
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Re: saving a zoom view & locking a track

Permanent link to this post Posted by PuzzlerBob » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:42 pm

Trebor wrote:Audacity can remember a location : "Store Cursor Position", (it doesn't remember the zoom level though).

When I try this it doesn't recall the previous view, instead the time on the left and right extremes of the screen remain the same. It only changes the cursor which isn't quite what I'm after. I was thinking more like...

View > Zoom > Save Zoom

and

View > Zoom > Restore Zoom

Trebor wrote:See Sync-lock

I can't figure out how to use this feature to prevent editing of a track.
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Re: saving a zoom view & locking a track

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:49 pm

PuzzlerBob wrote: I was thinking more like... View > Zoom > Save Zoom
Store region.

PuzzlerBob wrote: and View > Zoom > Restore Zoom
Retrieve region.
If you want to zoom the selected region to fill the screen press Image
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Re: saving a zoom view & locking a track

Permanent link to this post Posted by PuzzlerBob » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:13 pm

Trebor wrote:Store region.
Retrieve region.
If you want to zoom the selected region to fill the screen press Image


That works! Thank you very much!

So is it safe to assume there's no way to prevent editing a track? I want the master track to remain untouched.
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Re: saving a zoom view & locking a track

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:51 pm

PuzzlerBob wrote: So is it safe to assume there's no way to prevent editing a track? I want the master track to remain untouched.

The latest incarnation of Audacity (2.2.1) allows different colored waveforms ...

Image
https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/new_features_in_this_release.html#colors
Color-coding does help differentiating between tracks, (so less likely to modify one by mistake)
e.g. Color all the finished tracks red to remind you which ones not to touch,
(coloring isn't a lock : it won't prevent you modifying the tracks, it's just a reminder of what's what).
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