Many of the inputs in Easel are small or are not tab accessible (an issue in itself), and would benefit from having keyboard shortcuts. Here is a list of the keyboard shortcuts I think we need (here is a list of already existing keyboard shortcuts: http://easel.inventables.com/help/keyboard-shortcuts). These should have a keyboard shortcut and/or be tab accessible.
Jogging X and Y can be done with cursor keys, but Z, the one that is important to get right in many cases, is SHIFT + up/down cursor. Can I propose that this be changed to a single key for Z up and down, e.g. M and K or similar? It’s difficult to jog in the Z while having your face close to the bit to ensure correct height.
Another vote for SPACE to pause, but how about double SPACE as an emergency stop, I.e. Stop all X and Y, stop spindle and raise Z?
Full disclosure, I’m able bodied (except my eye sight) but been interested in this subject for a while following RSI problems. And this has led to wanting software that is intuitive and where possible, keyboard driven.
Being a laptop user with arrow keys near my bottom right, M / K would be better in my opinion than W / S because I could do XY by feel and use the same hand to do Z up/down. I definitely agree that it should be something that isn’t shift.
@MichaelSchafer did you mention that there is a program or something to easily remap usb keypad / numeric keys?
might have been me, but i’m using UGS and a usb num pad. working pretty well as long as you dont accidentally mix up the buttons and plunge your bit into the working material Y and Z control buttons are awfully close together.
Also, relying on Numpad excludes pretty much all laptop users. I for instance don’t have a Numpad on my laptop. On my main PC, it’s to the left, as far from my X-Carve as is possible because I use a left handed keyboard because it allows your mouse to be more central (as a right hander). That’s historical due to RSI issues.
Basic and important operations need to be single key press on a common key bed, hence QWERTY.