I'm looking for this too! Would love to see a little "hack" to get it back. When drawing on my Wacom Cintiq, I used it all the time in CS5.5 for zooming in and out to even increments. The Cintiq has the touch strips for zooming, but I like going to even increments like 25%, 50%, etc. because it didn't "distort" the lines of the drawing. I just downloaded Configurator. I'll see what I can come up with.
Okay...check out this thread: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4459980#4459980
Paul Riggot is the man and hooked me up with the perfect script to use with configurator to get a a Zoom In and Zoom Out button that zooms to preset zoom percentages. 12.5, 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400. This is about as close as I can get to the missing zoom menu.
To use this, open Configurator, create a new panel. Ad two "Script" buttons to the panel. In the right side panel, scroll down to the OBJECT section with one of the new buttons selected. Click the pencil beside the "Script" text box. In the text editor window that opens, paste all of the script that Paul gave me.
Look for this section:
var zoomLevels=[12.5, 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400];
For the Zoom In button, make sure that "ZoomOut()" is commented out as it is above.
For the Zoom Out button, remove the '//' from the zoomOut(); line and add the "//" in front of zoomIn();.
Resize the panel dimensions so ou can get it as small as possible.
Now export the panel to your Photoshop plugins folder.
Hope this helps!!!
Added a few more commands. Can't remember all of what the CS5 menu did though. I only used the zoom drop-down on CS5.
This will do the zoom in and out incrementally, show and hide guides, grid, slices and rulers, and, as the button suggests, clear guides and slices. I just slide the panel all the way to the top and it's about as close to having the old CS5 menu back as I can get it after an hour or so of playing with configurator. There may be a way to do more with it. Like dropdown menus. But, I haven't figured that out yet. I'd also like to use icons in place of words. But, I didn't get into that....yet. :-)
Okay....last self-reply of the night. I figured out how to make the panel an extension for easy installation. You can just download the file, double click it and the extension manager will allow you to install it (it is self-signed, so you will get an "untrusted" warning). Then it'll be available under Windows > Extensions.
Once you download the file, change the extension from .zip to .zxp
Have fun! :-)
" I mainly enjoyed the easy access to the guides/grides/rulers"
Hello, post these shortcuts next to your screen until you remember them:
Show hide rulers: CTRL+R(PC) CMD+R (Mac)
Show/hide guides: CTRL+; (PC) CMD+; (Mac)
Show/hide grids: CTRL+' (PC) CMD+' (Mac)
Zoom in: CTRL+Spacebar CMD+Spacebar
Zoom out: ALT+Spacebar.
Zoom in/out: ALT+Scrollwheel/ALT+two fingers on the touchpad
Also for zooming in and out without mouse clicks:
Zoom In : CTRL and +
Zoom Out : CTRL and -
I assume substitute CTRL for CMD on Mac.
I use this method as well as the SPACE+CTRL/ALT method when working with the mouse and keyboard mostly. Still prefer the zoom menu when working on the Cintiq. Locking to "clean" zoom levels with one click (tap) and no keyboard is sweet.
Hi, Mattaton. I have one question: Do you usually rest your hand on the lower right of the keyboard?
I can't reach with one hand the + or - keys while holding the left side CTRL/CMD keys, so I never use that shortcut... and If I could, I'd find it a long hit, prone to make errors.
Is there something I overlooked?
You know how it goes, it's all about how you work and what you get used to.
For me, I started using the CTRL and +/- when I got the Cintiq. I set the keyboard off to my left and it's easy to hit that key combo with the left hand when the right side of the keyboard is closest to you (using the right CTRL key).
When I'm using a regular set up....keyboard in front of me, and right hand on the mouse...I use your keyboard shortcuts. The space bar, CTRL, and ALT keys for zooming and panning in conjunction with the mouse. But I have, on occasion, actually taken my right hand off the mouse and used the right CTRL +/- method too.
I definitely would not be able to reach from left CTRL to the +/- keys though.
Thanks for the insight, yes, using a cintiq, it makes sense to have the KB on the side.
I'm of course not judging your way to work, (to each its own, as they say), I was genuinely interested to know in what cases the CTRL+/- were easy to reach, or it lefties were using it, for instance.
(Now, I'm afraid this thread will attract braggers that can reach +/- from the left CTRL keys )
I forgot all about this thread for a while. I actually became accustom now to using the hotkeys as mentioned above. Other than zooming in/out with ALT+mouse wheel, CTRL+R seems to be the only one I can consitently remember though because of the R (as in rulers). One of these days I need to go through and modify some of the hotkeys.
You have to keep in mind Adobe is not necessarily in the business of making anything better - they are in the business of making money quickly. So unless they can outwardly show significant changes to their software, no one will spend $1500 to $4000 to upgrade. And an easy way to show change is by rearranging the UI and removing otherwise logically placed features. Proof positive of an atrocious UI is Acrobat X Pro. Whoever scripted that is probably unemployed - you can't even rearrange the toolbars!
I read an employee comment within another thread, something to the effect of Adobe removing the zoom and arrange toolbars to increase screen real estate because a majority of customers requested it. Proof positive BS since all you have to do is hit TAB and BOOM more real estate. Making his statement even more moronic is most professional graphic artist have at least dual monitors @ 24 inches and above.
So again, instead of making the UI more efficient they remove features to make it look newer. And that's why I still use CS5 for the majority of my projects!