space bar should allow to easily move around the document without using scrollbars

Bug #1328217 reported by Teo on 2014-06-09
This bug affects 1 person
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John Smith
inkscape (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Since, I believe, the Nineties, all graphic editing and viewing software I have ever seen allows you to navigate horizontally and vertically through the document by hitting the space bar and moving the mouse, or by hitting the spacebar, clicking and dragging.

Inkscape lacks this essential feature and obliges you to move through the document horizontally and vertically separately by using the scrollbars, which is tremendously annoying. Or perhaps it has another keyboard shortcut to allow you to easily move around the document using the mouse, different from the universal convention that has been omnipresent in every other graphic editing software in the last 20 years or so.

In either case, it should be fixed.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: inkscape 0.48.4-3ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-27.50-generic 3.13.11
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-27-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Mon Jun 9 20:22:25 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-10-11 (241 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424)
SourcePackage: inkscape
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2014-05-24 (16 days ago)

Teo (teo1978) wrote :
tags: added: ui
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

The Middle Mouse Button Drag is IMHO the easiest method with Inkscape 0.48.4, but according to <> you can also activate Space Bar+Left Mouse Drag thanks to an option in the Inkscape preferences, but it prevents using the Space Bar to toggle between tools (the manual also gives some other useful shortcuts)

Note that Space Bar + Move works in the next major revision (0.91, currently under development), and that the tools toggle issue is fixed (see Bug #383871 "Let space switch to selector tool even when used for panning").

Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → 0.91
status: New → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → John Smith (john-smithi)
jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

The Space Bar + Move feature was committed r11954.

tags: added: shortcuts
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in inkscape:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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