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Fewer clicks to switch tools

I'd like to have fewer clicks to change tools. Like changing from pencil to eraser or shapes. Maybe there could be a quick change or some defaults.

To change tools, you have to
1. click the tools menu
2. Click the tab of the tool
3. Choose the specific tool
4. Click out of the menu

Then, you can start using it. And that is without changing any tool options.

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      • Greg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A five year old request, one of the highest voted, and no Dev comment. I guess it's safe to assume I shouldn't get my hopes up? That's not very inspiring considering this is little more than a UI update. It's not even asking for new functionality.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just put a switch between pen & highlighter button pleaseeeeee!!! It would be so useful!

      • David Han commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As mentioned earlier, Chromebooks have a lot of space for quick access to the options on the toolbars. I would like the option to switch colors by just tapping once or even touching the lasso tool. Give us the ability to customize the toolbar.

      • Hamzah Malik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is super important! Chromebooks have so much room in the top bar to add one click actions between tools (pen and eraser)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I saw th comments about your app and i think i will like. But there is something very important for me that no app has, except the drawboard.... is the fact of having the possibility of having more than 1, at least 10, different pens always in the screen. That is, i loose lot of time changing the color and the type of pen. I want to switch easily.

      • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am 100% behind this. Any news from the developers that they are working on something like this? There are a lot of people who want this!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I want to switch easily between pen entry and finger entry. I hate having 8 or more taps to go from one to the other. It oughta be just one or two, please.

      • Merg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to chime in too. I just purchased squid because its so good, but I used One Note and one thing they did good on the full version of the surface was the ability to customize and place short cuts of whatever pencil or highlighter color in a couple of custom spaces.

        It looked really pretty too. You would be able to create for example an orange highlighter and place it into one of the empty boxes up top and the icon would reflect as well. You'd see only the tip of the highlighter but you would know its a highlighter because of its angled edge and its color being orange. The same thing goes for a pencil or pen, you would be able to tell based on the tip of the tool in the icon and the color.

      • Hazem Darwish commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The upper bar can be filled with shortcuts to tools and pen seizes and colours, there is a lot of wasted space, there is no need for a drop down list and a dozen of colours that we don't need

      • Laura Chalifoux commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree - a single-tap eraser tool is essential. I find myself tapping undo a bunch of times, when I would prefer to just use the eraser. Silly, I know, but a common user experience response to multiple level access.

      • Jason commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Totally agree! Custom buttons for either pen, marker, highlighter and choosing different color inks. This seems like such an easy addition.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Make one that shortcuts could be added to toolbar and looks more like s notes brush but with all options of shapes and brush at the same time. Too many clicks really. Too inefficient

      • Raúl F commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I second this. The top menu should have 5 input tool icons:

        pen - marker - eraser - color picker - other tools

        The insert image icon can be moved into the 'other' category. As it stands now very common actions involve too many clicks. It's too much of a phone interface.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The option to set shortcuts on the top bar of the app to commonly used tools would be great. For example, 1 mm black pen, 1 mm red pen, 6mm 30% yellow highlighter, 0.5 mm black rectangle, 1 mm eraser, or selection tool. Maybe just 3-5 buttons we can set to tools of our choosing.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is a lot of wasted space on the top toolbar of the app. It doesn't make sense that I have to go into a menu to switch to an eraser or lasso tool when there is so much unused real estate for buttons.

        I do love Squid, but it drives me crazy to have to tap so many times for simple things.

        If I could quickly lasso some stuff to change colors it would save me a lot of time and anguish.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, your app is realy great, thank u for that, but there are some features that are just not effective enough and cause time waisting:
        Right now the process is long and not neccesery at all, instead of tap on pen tool>choose marker\eraser\cutting tool>choose kind of these things>choose color>tap again on empty place to close the menu that I will be able to write, just put these options right on the toolbar.
        If I want marker I pick marker, if I want cutting tool I pick cutting tool, just like that right away!, and for the thickness or transparency- they can be in the secondary menu by a long tap

        And if from some reason you guys dont want to make these changes so at least make the secondary tools picking menu, automaticly close himself after picking tools.....

      • Ahmed Ali commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Selecting a specific width for a pen can be tedious so having a shortcut for pens with a specific width and colour would be very helpful

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