middle button isn't easy for dragging the document

Bug #511288 reported by Jérôme on 2010-01-22
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Lucid by Jérôme

Bug Description

Binary package hint: evince

The middle button of the mouse isn't easy to use for dragging the document on evince.

Maybe using the left button would be more user friendly.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Fri Jan 22 18:54:08 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027)
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: evince 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-17.54-generic
SourcePackage: evince
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-17-generic x86_64

Jérôme (jerome-bouat) wrote :
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

thanks for the report, and then how are you going to select the text for doing copy & paste? lot of people keep pressed the left button for doing that. any thoughts?

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Jérôme (jerome-bouat) wrote :

Below are the solutions I can imagine :

A. key pressed as mode selector

When pressing the shift key, the mouse cursor changes from a hand to a caret cursor. Next the mouse can be used for selection and automatic copy like it is currently doing.

B. button mode selector in the toolbar

2 buttons in the toolbar could display the current mode and allow to change it as well. One button could select the dragging mode and stay depressed until the user click on the second button which could select the copy mode. The second button would stay depressed while the copy mode is active.

C. Simultaneous operation of 2 previous solutions

When the mouse cursors comes over the copy mode button, an help ballon could display that this mode is accessible with the shift key too. When pressing the shift key, then the copy mode button state change to depressed and comes back to inactive state when the shift key is released or the user pressed the dragging mode button.

Jérôme (jerome-bouat) on 2010-01-24
Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

This bug is an upstream one and it would be quite helpful if somebody experiencing it could send the bug the to the people writing the software. You can learn more about how to do this for various upstreams at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Upstream/GNOME . Thanks in advance!

Jérôme (jerome-bouat) wrote :

I attached a screenshot of the way that Gimp uses in order to browse the image. A rectangle represents the current view into a a small window showing the full image.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → nobody
status: New → Triaged
Changed in evince:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in evince:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Daniil Bubnov (demoth-cadaver) wrote :

It would be so great, i'm tired of the middle button

Changed in evince:
status: New → Expired
Jérôme (jerome-bouat) on 2018-05-23
Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → New
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