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    Default Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    Does anyone know how to create a custom shortcut if the action doesn't appear in the customise keyboard shortcuts list?

    I want to create shortcuts to flick forward and back through an animation (the 2 buttons circled in the animation palette) but there's no action in the shortcuts menu I can redefine.

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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    I am pretty sure you can create custom shortcuts. Click Help in the Customize Keyboard Shortcuts menu (or any Xara menu) for a screen of context sensitive help.
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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    There's nothing in there unfortunately, just info on reassigning shortcuts to commands already on the list, not adding any new commands (previous / next frame buttons aren't on the list)

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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    Hmm. I'll move this into Dear Xara which is where feature requests go.
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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by alanmac2020 View Post
    Does anyone know how to create a custom shortcut if the action doesn't appear in the customise keyboard shortcuts list?

    I want to create shortcuts to flick forward and back through an animation (the 2 buttons circled in the animation palette) but there's no action in the shortcuts menu I can redefine.

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    If the Xara commands exist in the main menu or in the context menu, you can create shortcuts using AutoHotkey scripts: https://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Tutorial.htm

    An example for accessing directly the paste menu (Edit>Paste) using the shortcut 'alt+v':

    #IfWinActive, ahk_exe DesignerPro.exe
    !v::Send, {LAlt Down}{e}{down 4}{right}
    #If


    I could draft a script for you, however, I couldn't see the commands you want existing on any menu.

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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    That would be amazing! Thank you.

    The buttons I want only appear in the context menu if you have an animation document open and have at least a few frames of animation in it. (File/New/Animation then click copy a few times to create some blank frames)
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    Do you think that's possible?

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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    Hi,

    It was possible to trigger the commands you want through AHK script. Some instructions:

    1- Download and install AHK: https://autohotkey.com/download/

    2- Follow the link to download the script: http://bit.ly/2IXphZz

    3- Unzip and double-click the script to run it.

    4- If you want the script always running, create a shortcut into the Startup folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Wind ows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    5- The script was created based on Xara Designer Pro. For use with other Xara products, you will need to adjust it using any text editor (e.g. Notepad). It is quite simple to adjust the script, as well as add new shortcuts and commands to it. Just follow the instructions in this screencast: http://bit.ly/2IVNYWc

    Any questions, just post!

    Cheers,
    Carlos

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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    Thanks for the great video tutorial Carlos
    Egg

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    Default Re: Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys

    Thanks so much Carlos, got it working, really useful!

 

 

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