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Tag-only editing with Vespucci

Posted by SimonPoole on 7 August 2015 in English (English)

No, this is not news. Vespucci has had a tag-only mode since its original creation in 2009, however since the old very modal user interface hasn't been the default UI after the work by Jan Schejbal in 2012 and the start of the 0.9 releases, it hasn't really been easily accessible.

Starting with 0.9.6 tag editing only mode can be switched on with a long press on the lock icon.

vespucci can still be locked/unlocked with a normal single touch on the lock and a long touch will get you back to normal editing mode.

Now while I personally don't quite see the utility of such a mode, users have asked for it and it is the only remains of the old modes that will survive in 0.9.7. In any case it is light years better than the many apps of different kinds that claim to offer simple editing but in general are survey apps on steroids that mess up existing data.

Comment from Pink Duck on 8 August 2015 at 17:08

This is great news for me. It has previously been rather bothersome to add/modify tags on already mapped building outlines, where nodes are typically of no interest, requiring high zoom to override the vertices and select the way.

Comment from SimonPoole on 8 August 2015 at 18:26

@ Duck the mode doesn't really have a bearing on element selection (you still need to be able select nodes in the end), but I find the change I made for 0.9.6 with the smaller default node touch regions have made it significantly easier to select ways in high density areas.

Comment from Pink Duck on 16 August 2015 at 21:32

Ah, I see. This may explain the requests for a tag-only editing mode by the others. I appreciate the default node touch region though, and did notice that it still occasionally picked nodes on touch. I would still like the ability to exclude node selection completely on occasion, typically when I'm only surveying pre-mapped house outlines.

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