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Old 08-11-2015, 01:50 PM
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Default Re: Esc key - and beaming across staves

Hi guys,

I was just replying when I saw David's post come in. My reply is mostly what he says I will add just a couple of small notes:

Originally Posted by dj View Post
As far as I can see, use of the SPACE key (largest key on the keyboard) to start and stop playback is pretty much industry standard. There are exceptions, but those are usually "extreme" DAWs which go out of their way to look and feel different from the rest.
Yes, it is pretty much industry standard, and because it is the biggest key on the keyboard it's the easiest to hit if you're holding an instrument and playing along with the song, which a lot of our users (including me ) do.

Entering Select mode is currently done with the ENTER key, which I don't see as any more or less convenient than the ESC key, once you know which key to push.
You can also right-click your mouse, making it even more convenient for that method of editing/entering.

I don't use Sibelius very often, but SPACE is the playback key there. Checking the Sibelius shortcuts list, ESCAPE is used to "unload arrow", which I assume is to deselect.
"Esc" is pretty much the standard for "get out of what I'm doing", which could be used to stop playback, but it is not the standard usage of the key for popular audio programs (eg. Windows Media Player) - the Space bar is used there as well for starting/stopping playback.

As I've just been having another conversation with another friend about expected behaviors in software, I'll also say here that the best we can do is to study user behavior and try to make our software as intuitive to the most people as possible. As always we appreciate feedback, and if we find that a lot of folks are confused by a behavior then we look at how we should change that to make it more intuitive.

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