The new star icon adds a much-needed bit of behaviour by allowing animators to mute all other actions except the one with the highlighted star. However, a couple of things could be changed to make it more useful and more intuitive.
- change the name. In a discussion earlier today, I saw this icon called something like, “Mute all other action channels except this one” which is a bit wordy if you ask me.
Why not call it: Solo
DAW software uses this expression for a button that does exactly the same thing (except for a channel of music, of course). It’s a good, concise word for what this button does.
- Rather than the mutually-exclusive functionality this button has now, why not allow animators to turn on as many or few of these as they want in a multi-track situation? That way, actions can be added and subtracted from the ‘whole’ and act as a debug tool if something is going wonky and doesn’t show up when tracks are played by themselves.
Yeah, yeah. I know. I’m starting another argument.