asked Feb 09 '14 at 21:46 by WarriorBob (61)

I'm running the Bitwig Beta on a Mac OS 10.6 Macbook Pro. In other software, such as the finder, Safari, and Ableton Live, I can scroll a number of windows horizontally as well as vertically using the trackpad.

I'd really like to be able to do this in Bitwig, particularly in the Device Panel for quickly zipping around without having to focus my cursor on the scrollbar and click. This is a pretty big stumbling block for my workflow, since it drops me out of what I was thinking about.

Is there a way to do this, that I have missed? Or is this coming in a later version of Bitwig?

Yes you can. Here are three ways.

  1. You can do it on a standard Mac trackpad with a two finger swipe. So you should be able to do that on a Macbook I would have thought.

  2. I also have a great trick for Mac users. I have a way to scroll vertically and horizontally in all parts of Bitwig Studio using the arrow keys on your computer keyboard, while holding the right ALT key. This is very nice, smooth and controlled. You can keep the right ALT key down like a caps lock by using the Mac's Sticky Keys feature, which is so useful I have it on all the time.

To do it is easy. You need to download a free app called KeyRemap4Macbook, which actually works on all Macs. There is a setting in there under Mouse Keys, but you don't need to use mouse keys for this setting actually. This was a separate script but I got the dev to add it to the main app, so now you just need to tick a box.

This works in any program on a Mac by the way.

  1. Another cool trick for scrolling the Device Panel is a single finger drag which involves no tapping at all. I discovered this by accident. You can use middle click drags to scroll in any part of the Arranger, but of course the Mac has no middle click. Well you can convert the right CMD key to a middle click using a preset in KeyRemap. Takes 2 seconds. This allows you to single finger drag, the same as you do in the Beat Ruler, only in any part of the Arranger, to get a combined zoom/scroll. Well this works in Devices too, only without the zoom obviously. If you move the cursor there while pressing the right alt key, now a middle mouse, a dragging hand appears, without having to go to the actually scroll bar.

I actually use KeyRemap for a few other things including Mouse Keys and some other bits of key remapping. I made my ENTER key act as a control key when pressing any other key, which is great for CONTROL F2 (Menu) CONTROL F3, (DOCK) and so on. Again, this is a standard preset.


answered Feb 11 '14 at 11:11 by wiggy (300)

edited Mar 01 '14 at 09:03

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Asked: Feb 09 '14 at 21:46

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