I’d just like to reply to a locked thread, https://forum.audacityteam.org/t/repair-auto-heal/37252/1 to add a vote to it.
Not the repair length part (though longer repair lengths would be a “nice to have”), but rather the “I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that” part when you try to repair a too long area.
Even if the tool simply didn’t prompt, and just flashed the screen red for a moment, that alone would be a HUGE improvement. In a given session of audio fixing I probably remove 50 clicks (very rough/BS estimate). On average I over-select the area maybe 20 out of those 50 times.
If the UI simply didn’t make a new dialog box when I over-selected you would save just me about 20 clicks/key presses per hour. Others would probably appreciate it too, because repairing is this endless cycle of “find a click, select it, delete it, try to select the repair window (sometimes fail and get interrupted by a dialog) and repair”. Anyone doing that cycle … unless they can magically change zoom levels while remembering exactly how wide the repair length is (ie. almost no one) … would benefit.
Or could we compromise? Could that dialog just appear once per session maybe, and then after that do the flash of red thing? (Or some other indicator that the size was too large? Or honestly even no indicator whatsoever? Even that would be preferable).
And then of course there’s the dream scenario, where instead of failing completely the tool just:
A) found the center point of the current selection
B) selected exactly one “max repair length’s width” around that center point
(And then the truly dream scenario, which would be very similar to the above but “magic”: I just highlight a click and press the “magic remove click button”. It deletes my selection, then auto-selects a maximum repair width around it, and repairs it! True magic!)