really, all this talk about new-user-friendly and stuff. the 1.281 interface was much more easy to understand and much more logical too… going from right-button-click to increase numbers to writing numbers by hand is a step back i would say…
Yeah most “buttons” actually do this, but pattern length is a ordinary input field.
It would be nice if mouse wheelscroll could have the same behaviour as hold-drag-left mousebutton, this saves a click and is also quicker to scroll with than clicking five times on a button for example.
We could almost get rid of all the arrow buttons, that would clean up the interface a bit.
To add my two cents to the discussion - make the pattern length box and all other numeric fields editable by click+hold+drag (just as Pysj mentioned). Upwards for increase, downwards for decrease. Many VSTs and VSTis use this solution in their interfaces so I think it would be a natural and intuitive solution to use for newbies and veterans alike.
Just click the box - the cursor changes displaying little up n down arrows - and drag - it can’t get easier than this. Also the drag solution would be better than left click + right click - as it is much easier to click something by mistake then click and drag by mistake (in my humble opinion).
actually we made a long “struggle” to obtain the godsend slider edit boxes, to be able to directly input values for sliders via the keyboard.
Personally I would get mad if I should need to use mouse to tweak values, expecially for pattern lenght, because it is an integer small value, in which the maximum precision is necessary.
I don’t know if this is the same for everyone, but mouse usage for me it’s frustrating, because if I want to move the pointer to pixel (x,y), the mouse ALWAYS stops at (x-1,y-1)… don’t know if I’m unlucky or what, but in these 11 years during which I’ve been using mouse, it occurred me at least 100 times a day
an option about this can always be done, of course.