First of all, i’m no dev, wether it requires fixing or not is up to them.
Currently i’m still being busy figuring out what you exactly want and then try to help you as best as i can with my knowledge.
As far as i can follow you… not requiring to move the mouse to get the area selected once the lmb is released is one of the things you want.
Yet i still don’t quite understand your point about the spanning of your selection through the end of the pattern up to the beginning of the pattern.
And no i don’t need to circle the mouse the whole time:only at the start-row and at the end-row and when i release the LMB, the selection is being made.
Yeah, if you want the selection being updated everysingle row:you would have to move the mouse constantly.
But as i also purposed earlier:
Using ALT+arrow keys, you can select even without using the mouse at all. The only hassle here with current keyshortcuts is you can’t jump quickly to another track and select there as well, you have to use the right or left arrowkey and crossover every column and subtrack which is required within the selection.
The dragging part of the selection, only kicks in when you will be using your mouse by holding the lmb during pressing ALT-key.
Personally a few of my favorite shortcuts ever found in trackers for selections were ALT-B (set beginning of selection), then click the end-cell (wherever in the pattern) and hit ALT-E to display the selection block.
I’ve heard more people discussing implementing this solution in Renoise than people mentioning your specific problem.
And the reason why i personally don’t specifically see it as a bug is that it looks like you use a trick that is not in the book. And it is nice as long as it works, but never gives any guarantee that it will remain to function in later versions also.
But as mentioned at the top of my post:this is up to the devs to determine wether your method is deal of the coded concept or just a side-effect that worked to your benefits in previous editions of Renoise.
I just simply make the attempt to give you some tricks to reach what you want with as less hassle as possible.
If someone knows a better trick, he/she is welcome to mention it.