I’m using Blender on an iPad Pro with a MacBook via Astropad with an Apple pencil and wireless keyboard. Since the recent Astropad update, it works brilliantly (the last version was too laggy and pixelly when moving around to really be usable).
A few issues though.
Alt + Right Click Edge Loop Select with a single click input device
Using an Apple Pencil, with no right click function, setting the “emulate 3 button mouse” option solves most problems working with a single click device brings up. Command Click for right clicking, Alt and click to navigate around the scene, with control and shift for zooming and panning respectively. No problems.
However if I want to Alt and Right Click an edge loop, using Alt + Command Click (Right Click) doesn’t work, presumably because the Alt+ is being used as a trigger for navigation…
If I change the setting to Select with Left Click, Alt+ Click loop selecting works but then navigating and loads of other stuff doesn’t.
There is the option to go to Select>Edge Loops and right click on that to create a new shortcut, but that doesn’t allow using mouse clicks and needs two vertices or an edge selected first.
Grabbing / scaling / any actions that requires movement across the screen without contact
the problem here is with an iPad there isn’t a cursor as such, with movement via touch. So for actions like scaling, grabbing, or say changing the brush size in Sculpt mode, normally the movement of the cursor would change the size / location … i.e tapping G and moving a cursor to freely move an object not an option on an iPad. with the iPad set up it won’t show the increase/decrease, but clicking away / or towards usually sets the change, though it’s quite erratic and anyway not ideal as you’re kind of guessing. Also right click dragging doesn’t seem to work. Then I thought using the manipulator should be a solution. however click dragging the centre of the manipulator doesn’t always work, sometimes, mostly placing the 3D cursor instead. and strangely I just tried that with my trackpad and the location maniuplator works erratically too. The rotate and scale manipulators free transforms work fine. strange.
Can anyone think of a workaround for any of these issues? I mean I could just reach over and do cursor stuff on my trackpad, but am trying to set this up as a completely working mobile set up, and I use loop selecting a lot, and it’s pretty much there apart from these things and it’s all about the workflow right?
Not sure which issue is for Blender, iPad or Astropad to solve, or if some things are just impossible by the limitations of an iPad. I’d previously been working on a Cintiq 12 for portable on screen work which works perfectly, but is SO heavy I was hoping the iPad Pro could totally replace it…
looking forward to thoughts / suggestions / solutions
thanks in advance as ever