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3. Intermediate Techniques  > Customizing Your Interface Environment

Customizing Your Interface Environment

There has been so much progress in the user’s ability to change and optimize the user interface that now we need to discuss the most effective trick to cut through the options. Most interface changes can be saved and recalled quickly through the judicious use of workspaces, toolsets, and custom views. The trick to finding and using your perfect setup is how quickly you can keep changing it to exactly what you need at exactly the right moment.

General Modality

A general philosophy for modal editing systems is to have only the functions you need in front of you when you need them. The idea of modes is very powerful and should not easily be dismissed by marketing hype. If you have all the functions available all the time, what is the possibility that you will need more than a very small percentage of them? The rest are wasted and clutter valuable screen real estate. If pressed accidentally, these unneeded functions may cause more harm than good, sending you into a function or display change that is not desired. Did you mean to trim that shot or just navigate there to look at it? A mouse click in just the wrong place will give the undesired result. A very careful mouse click in just the right place....


  

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