Take keyboard focus off a text field after numeric value entry

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Here's the thing: the SPACE bar is probably the most widely used keyboard shortcut in any video app. And we want to keep it that way. But ever since I started using Camtasia in 2010, pressing the SPACE bar wipes out any numeric entry that has been made to any numeric text field inside Camtasia. Say you manually adjust the scale of a clip, or adjust the audio level numerically. You hack in 120%, you press ENTER, you press SPACE for a preview, and all that happens is that the text field is blank and your timeline doesn't play. Obviously not expected behaviour. It has been annoying me for the last eight years.

So my suggestion is to remove the focus from the text field as soon as you press ENTER. This should apply to every text field that lets us enter numeric input. Like pretty much every piece of software on the market does. Camtasia's behaviour right now is that the value is saved, but high-lit and selected. That's not good. If keyboard focus were removed, all keyboard shortcuts become immediately available again, and Camtasia would simply play back the timeline (not wipe out the value we've just provided).

Let me know if you need clarification on this.
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Jay Versluis

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Leif, Employee

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No clarification needed.  It is annoying (at least on the MAC side) since it is difficult to make the the field loose focus.  You almost have to unselect the media, or select another media before previewing your change. 

So suppose Camtasia is modified so that when you press enter, the focus is removed from the field.  How do you then adjust the field further?  Do you have to click back into the field to reset focus there?   Would that be annoying if you want to change the value again?
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davemillman

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Leif, your solution is perfect, please implement it that way!

Do you have to click back into the field to reset focus there?   
Yes. That's the way all other programs work.

Would that be annoying if you want to change the value again?
No. It is the expected behavior. 
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Jay Versluis

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Hi Leif, no that would be perfect - then it's line line with other applications. Think of the way you enter a number into the font size field in a text processor. As soon as you press ENTER, the value is saved and focus is removed. If you want to make an adjustment, click into the field again - this would select the value, ready to be overwritten.