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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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  • Nanta commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Want to put the tool bar into one long line, which has all the tools placed together. it is convenient to change the tools for note taking. because I use the phone to note. and want to increase the rotation and increase the existing shape...thanks

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I hope to increase the ability to automatically switch to the default brush after using the eraser. Goodnote on the IOS platform has this feature.
    After all, there are only a few parts of the mistake, and using the eraser to automatically switch to a brush can greatly improve the writing efficiency.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Greg Martin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While maybe not the most useful tool on phones, due to their limited screen size, this feature would be great for us laptop users. All that's needed is the ability to set some button/icons that would sit just to the left of your standardized tools. When clicked they would apply their preset tool profile to the cursor. I would like to be able to preset the size, color, tool (pen, highlighter, lasso ect).

    Initially a simple settings menu gui to create these would be great, but maybe in the future you could drag and drop tools onto the top bar to 'dock' them. Once there you could long press or something similar to change that tool profiles attributes, but that really doesn't affect the major use of the feature.

    Thanks for your consideration

  • 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

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I find myself constantly switching back and forth between the pen tool and highlighter. It'd be nice to be able to just hold down on the tool button when the pen/highlighter is chosen and have it switch to the other.

  • 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.

  • George commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    An extra option on the toolbar so, as an example, a pen and a highlighter can be side by side, making it easier to switch between them when annotating. Going through menus to change the tools and colours back and forth becomes a hassle (see Onenote as an example)

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