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Alt-Drag to Copy Containers?





it is reported:

but I do not seem to be able to Alt-Drag a container to make a copy.

Maybe I misunderstand what the proper keystroke is (?).


Mo., 05.02.2024 - 23:18 Permalink

Ah, well, I only posted here because I observed that not to work.

I will  post back as to whether this situation was temporary/intermittent, or seems reliably reproducible.


Di., 06.02.2024 - 16:58 Permalink

Well, I've seen it work, but mostly I see it not work.

Did on online test of my keyboard and the Alt key is reported as fine.

Are you seeing perfect as-expected behavior at your end?   (on Windows)

I'll attach my file, in case you want to try with it.   (please delete after use)


Di., 06.02.2024 - 17:59 Permalink

Windows or Mac should not make a difference. The drag-drop code is the same as long as you stay inside Synfire. Maybe holding alt earlier or later makes a difference.

Di., 06.02.2024 - 18:44 Permalink

Maybe holding alt earlier or later makes a difference.

Nope.   A dozen attempts, trying to change it up every-which-way, yield the same result every time - just like the video.


Di., 06.02.2024 - 19:21 Permalink

Have you remapped the ALT key?


Have you tried it there, with my file?


Also, for reference, the test here:     https://keyboard-test.space/

shows my Alt key operating exactly as expected.


Is there any setting inside Synfire that would affect this?



Di., 06.02.2024 - 19:59 Permalink

The file doesn't matter. This is baked into the user interface. What is the usual copy modifier on Windows anyway?

Di., 06.02.2024 - 20:18 Permalink

What is the usual copy modifier on Windows anyway?

If there is a "standard" copy modifier for Windows, I'm not aware of it in that sense.

Shift -,  Ctrl -, Alt -, are all used by various programs for various things.

Is there not a Windows machine running Synfire at Cognitone central?


Di., 06.02.2024 - 22:00 Permalink

For me it works with the right Alt key, not with the left one.

That's interesting.   

When you check the left and right Alt keys here:


do they show as transmitting a different code?

(For me, both left Alt and right Alt show as code 18)

Di., 06.02.2024 - 23:07 Permalink

Can't check now. But I'm with a German keyboard layout anyway. The right key is labeled "Alt Gr" and works definetly different to the left Alt key. So, it's maybe a keyboard layout thing.

Di., 13.02.2024 - 13:13 Permalink


Any further insight here?

Not being able to do a drag-copy is "a drag"!


Di., 13.02.2024 - 14:19 Permalink

On Windows it's the CTRL key

Ah, there it is, thank you!

Of course, I suggest updating in-program and online help accordingly.

Thanks again!