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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up To answer you opinion questions

    - Are there commands that you want keyboard shortcuts for, and do you have any suggested combinations?
    Nope, I have to admit I am not using shortcuts a lot (other than terminal stuff)

    - Are there any file formats or archive types that we should consider supporting?
    Well, Tcl would be nice (I know... not super popular these days, but I still use it). Also Javascript and Ruby seem like obvious choices. yaml would be great too. Let me know if I can help with Tcl and/or yaml.

    - OS X apps generally don't include icons or keyboard shortcuts in their right-click menus, so BC currently doesn't either. Is this an issue for you?
    Not et al an issue for me.

    Thanks,
    Sven

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    Default RE: To answer you opinion questions

    - Are there commands that you want keyboard shortcuts for, and do you have any suggested combinations?
    Not really, I use on Windows 'Cntrl+R' and 'Cntrl+L' and 'F7' most often. Most of my navigation is through toolbar and right-click menu. FYI: I have my 'System Preferences -> Keyboard set to 'Use all F keys as standard function keys', so maintaining 'F' shortcut keys would be preferable to me.

    - Are there any file formats or archive types that we should consider supporting?
    Nothing specific, but I could possibly see being able to compare 'Package Contents' might be useful.

    - OS X apps generally don't include icons or keyboard shortcuts in their right-click menus, so BC currently doesn't either. Is this an issue for you?
    No, heh, well kinda. :P I don't know how this affects your decision regarding 'right-click menus' but, I have gotten very used to the diff icons in the 'Show Differences' drop down. They make it very intuitive when selecting how to 'diff' and ease of use is one of the things I think makes BC such a great application. So, icons, Yes. Definitely in the toolbar drop downs.

    ~Greg
    Last edited by gks; 21-Jun-2013 at 11:48 AM. Reason: Change answer to third question

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    OS X apps generally don't include icons or keyboard shortcuts in their right-click menus, so BC currently doesn't either. Is this an issue for you?
    Icons in context menus in BC for Linux/Win are very helpfull, give possibility to notice faster desired command. So I would love to see it also in OS X. Don't care that other apps don't include it. In BC it just works.Frankly,this is the only feature (or rather lack of a feature) that confuses me in BC for OS X.
    Thanks,
    Maciek

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    - Are there commands that you want keyboard shortcuts for, and do you have any suggested combinations?
    Actually, I would tend to avoid the F keys as far as shortcuts go, since there are a number of system functions typically mapped to them. As an IntelliJ user, where those mappings exist as ported from the windows version, they tend to drive me nuts.

    I would like to see shortcuts for navigating next/prev diff, next/prev conflict, take left, take right, edit, that kind of thing. I'll have to work with it more to think of natural shortcuts for those operations.

    - Are there any file formats or archive types that we should consider supporting?
    Groovy files, Java properties, python style config/ini. I'm sure I could think of some more, but those at least have the theme of being often used for configuration.

    - OS X apps generally don't include icons or keyboard shortcuts in their right-click menus, so BC currently doesn't either. Is this an issue for you?
    A number of apps seem to go against that as a convention, so I don't feel that breaks the user experience terribly. I would rather have the shortcuts all the time, as it helps people learn them, and icons where it makes the operation clearer.

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    - Are there any file formats or archive types that we should consider supporting?
    PSD, 7z (nice to have)

    - OS X apps generally don't include icons or keyboard shortcuts in their right-click menus, so BC currently doesn't either. Is this an issue for you?
    Icons would be helpfull but they are not mandatory. It is not an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenji View Post
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    A number of apps seem to go against that as a convention, so I don't feel that breaks the user experience terribly. I would rather have the shortcuts all the time, as it helps people learn them, and icons where it makes the operation clearer.
    Do you have any examples we could study?
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    I'm another vote for keyboard shortcuts for Next Diff, Prev Diff, Next File, Prev File. I use BC heavily for reviewing difference with folders, and moving within and between files via shortcuts is a big productivity gain for me. Same for Copy Left, Copy Right.

    Plus, this is going to sound weird as a MBP user, but the Touchpad is frankly inefficient as a pointing tool. A mouse helps, but keyboard shortcuts are even better.

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    Hi Pete,

    Thanks for the feedback. The alpha currently does not have any shortcuts enabled by default, because we are not sure of the best defaults to use. Do you have any suggestions?

    You can test out any specific hotkey combination by enabling it in our Beyond Compare -> Preferences dialog, Toolbars, Etc section.
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    Selecting the shortcuts is indeed a challenge. Eclipse faces the same problem, because several of the Eclipse Windows shortcuts already have meaning on the Mac.

    My first thought is Ctrl-Cmd versions of the Windows shortcuts
    Ctrl-Cmd-N Next Diff
    Ctrl-Cmd-Shift-N Prev Diff
    Ctrl-Cmd-M Next Diff File
    Ctrl-Cmd-Shift-M Prev Diff File
    Ctrl-Cmd-L Copy Left
    Ctrl-Cmd-R Copy Right

    The Ctrl-Cmd-Shift is awkward for the left hand, but I've gotten used to it in Eclipse.

    (Incidentally, I first considered simply Ctrl-N etc, but this doesn't seem to be reassignable.)

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    Just a quick addition to this thread from myself...

    I've recently assigned:

    Cmd+Option+A = Align.

    I love using align, and had muscle-memory developed for the Windows F7 shortcut.

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