Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Draggy Fists

It always feels dangerous to mess with the mouse pointer when working with Flash as it has a tendency to vanish entirely if you you miss a mouse eve due to the mouse button being released outside the Flash window.

This has resulted in my fake version of Ubuntu feeling more solid than the real thing in a way that I haven't put my finger on it until just now.

I just added the grabby-hand drag cursor when an icon is being dragged and it feels awful. I thought it might convey useful information but it just makes things feel cheap.

No thanks!
Yes please.

It's the same thing when dragging windows. I don't like it!

It's great to have the cursor show that a copy-action will be performed, or something will be deleted - there is a lot of scope for showing useful information in the mouse cursor. But we need to tone down the noise or it will drown.

So let's just have a normal pointer during drag operations. Can we, can we please?

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