Almost a week ago we started this conversation together. I was lucky to have such an interesting group of people to talk with. Maybe this thread has been entertaining for some.
For me, it’s been tremendously useful!
So, thank you for joining it.
I would like to summarize some of the broader suggestions, so that we have something like a list to discuss internally (sorry – I will be omitting some parts, but feel free to point where I have been too hasty).
7) A more advanced menu that would open, similar to the MMB one, but with a temporary selection option that is chosen by hovering with the mouse over a certain area. This would trigger a half-mode for the next selection (I think?)
8) Using a MMB click to subselect. Two interference: one is the beloved pop-up menu (for some) and the other is with window-selecting objects that would interfere with panning for people who do not use Shift+LMB for that. It could be integrated with some type of more-modal or more-command-based interface to cater for trackpads and simpler mice needs. Choosing how to subselect an edge rather than a face is still a bit unsolved, except with filters/modes.
9) Double-click or F10 to “temporarily explode” an object into its components, and then use standard selection for its inner parts. There has been some discussion regarding double-click as a choice, and F10 is “far away” from fingers, in the middle of the keyboard.
10) Tab key to toggle modes or a-s-d-f (but what enters the a-s-d-f mode?). Still similar to 3) otherwise. Tab is not used for many other purposes in Rhino so it is readily available. Seems to be a classic of SubD implementations elsewhere.
This by no means should stop this conversation if you find that you have something more to say.
For now, thanks for letting me and the rest of McNeel hear your voice, your ideas, and your perspective. Your point of view will be considered in this and other developments related to the UI.