Devin Asay devin_asay at
Thu Jan 13 10:56:44 EST 2011

On Jan 12, 2011, at 9:57 PM, Jeff Massung wrote:

> I know it's a vent/rant, and while LC is completely awesome in -many- I have
> to completely agree with this... I don't know how many times I've been
> bitten switching to the pointer tool and think I'm typing something in a
> field only to change the name of the stack w/o realizing it and cause myself
> 15+ minutes worth of problems.
> I'm not sure closing the inspector makes sense, but certainly making it so I
> can't accidentally screw myself in pointer mode would be nice. ;-)
> Jeff M.
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 8:13 PM, Roger Guay <irog at> wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> The most annoying thing I experience with LiveCode is when stack properties
>> get inadvertently changed after switching from the Pointer tool to the
>> Browse tool and vice versa, whilst the Property Inspector is open. Can
>> anyone suggest a way around this without locking or manually closing the
>> inspector? I would prefer that the inspector automatically close when
>> selecting the Browse tool instead of it reverting to the stack properties.
>> Better yet, I would prefer it to not change and remain focussed on the last
>> control! TIA.

I agree, it's a problem, especially for new users. But even after 10 years it still rears up and bites me in the backside every once in a while. The results are never pretty. Still, it's a big improvement over early versions of Rev where it seemed I was always renaming stacks and wreaking havoc on my projects.

A thought just occurred to me--what if you opened the property inspector for the stack and locked it? Then you could open a second, unlocked property inspector that would be live for other objects, but would not flip to the stack when you went into run mode. I haven't tested it, but it seems like that would at least reduce the likelihood of inadvertently changing stack properties.



Devin Asay
Humanities Technology and Research Support Center
Brigham Young University

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