PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us have the ability to LOCK a workspace once we have the panels and windows in place. Accidental click and drags causing windows and panels to shift and resize or disappear all-together when you're in the middle of editing is really frustrating.
Tom Rugg commented
YES THANK YOU!!!
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
I think it needs to be said that the workspace lock should be an extremely easy to access button as well as highly 'discoverable' (and perhaps a keyboard shortcut as well), for those times an editor wants to quickly change the layout of something and then re-lock their workspace. Perhaps a lock icon next to the Help menu? Where ever this button is placed, it should always be accessible no matter what layout is used. Another possibility would be to always have the layout locked by default, and require users to press a keyboard modifier to be able to move anything around, such as Ctrl. If someone tries to move something and can't, a tooltip could warn the user they need to press Ctrl while changing the interface.
Which method do you guys think would work best?
Personally I think it would be a combination of both ideas. The lock button AND keyboard modifier to temporarily override the state of the lock button when it's locked. Best of both worlds!
Betsy Lyon commented
OMG PLEASE LOCK THE WORKSPACE! What is the point to having a saved workspace if you can change it at any time? Like another user who posted here, I sometimes click on the wrong thing and POOF whatever panel I was in goes away and I have no idea how to get this back. The interface is the opposite of intuitive. I am well versed in many programs in the Adobe Suite (especially Photoshop, 20 years of use and nearly expert) but just started using Premiere Pro. Right now I absolutely HATE this program because nothing stays where it is and I have no idea why things keep setting themselves. I waste a tremendous amount of time managing your interface and not creating. Again, PLEASE add an option to lock a workspace.
James Stewart commented
yes I know you can reset the panels but it is still an aggravation, there should be a simple way to lock and unlock it it is so aggravating whenever you accidentally move something and then have to reset it again.. I'm not worried about newbies they will figure it out..
jack bibbo commented
@TaranVH You should make the best product you can. The fact that you can not LOCK panals is a complete oversight. I am sure a new user could figure out where the radio button to turn LOCK PANELS on and off. If they can not then they are going to have more future problems with the app.
Also someone mention something about "moving to fast" speed is everything and I have to reset my panels daily. I could blame the Wacom tablet but PP setup needs to work out of the gate and right now it is missing one LARGE feature and that is PANELS LOCK.
Azita Ayagh commented
Yes, this is incredibly frustrating. I am constantly having to reset the panels because I accidentally move them! This really slows me down. A lock panels feature would be nice!
Philip Owens commented
Absolutely essential. When you're using an editing app, you're using something akin to a 'single use machine'. Premiere is awfully sensitive to a stray click - particularly when using a pen and tablet, which many do. It's so easy to accidentally sweep a window offscreen or ***** up a workspace. Not only within the app, but also the entire window should be able to be locked. It should also be possible to run Premiere as windowless, as an option, so that it completely takes over the entire interface with no menu bar visible. It's an incredible interruption to one's work when you have to go and figure out where that window or tab went.
Alan is right. I also have a shortcut for this and it's great.
On the flip side, imagine the frustration of a newer user who doesn't know that their workspace has become locked, and now they can't move things around as they could before. They'd believe it to be a bug. They might not even know what to search for to solve the problem. Perhaps "premiere panels are frozen, help!!"
It seems to me that if you are moving your panels around accidentally, perhaps you are attempting to work faster than you are able. I always focus on accuracy first, and then speed... never the other way around. Are you not quite looking at where your cursor is going? Is your mouse sensitivity set really high? I don't mean to sound patronizing... it's just that I've only seen this problem in editors who are trying to work faster than they are able... which ultimately slows them down.
One thing that has helped me with this is binding a key to reset to saved layout. That way I can always get back to right where I like quickly.