I have recently been experimenting with modeling in SketchUp using a drawing pen display (with an actual monitor) and came up with an idea of a potential improvement that I’d like to leave here for the developers’ consideration. I own a Huion Kamvas Pro 16 but this topic applies to any tablet that comes with a pen, eg Wacom’s Cintiq lines.
The most important aspect is to correctly map the navigation commands. The pen buttons are mapped as follows:
Ok, so this enables you to use Orbit with Middle Click and Pan with Shift+Middle Click. All good until you realise that zooming is a total inconvenience because the pen lacks a wheel. Your best bet is to press Z > zoom in/out > go back to your previous tool.
My suggestion for a future update
Since the navigation commands in SketchUp are “toggles” (eg if you press and hold MM to Orbit, after you’re done orbiting, it doesn’t stay on the Orbit command but reverts back to your previous tool), turn the Ctrl modifier into a temporary zoom toggle similar to the Shift key.
We use Shift+MM to pan. Let us use Ctrl+LM_drag to be able to zoom in/out. This will solve the problem that prevents fluid pen display modeling in SketchUp.
What do you guys think? Any thoughts?