I have been trying to make a case for this for numerous reasons in a separate thread, but I feel this reason deserves its own specific post, rather than being lost in a list of reasons in my other post.
MIXER EFFECT BUTTONS
The opening & closing of effect GUI windows is a VERY common action within a DAW, something that users are doing constantly, opening and closing instrument & effect windows to tweak parameters.
Ardour uses double clicking on small effect buttons in the mixer channel strips to open / close effect GUI windows. The focusing in and repetitive action of mouse double clicks for such a common action can be as mentioned a repetitive and straining thing to have to do over & over & over.
What I am suggesting is adding an OPTION in the “Preferences” that would allow user to be able to choose the ability to set this to a single click action to toggle plugin windows open / closed.
This can help those who have issues with repetitive actions like this and also might help prevent others from actually developing issues from this in the future.
The current decision for double clicks appears to be mainly for two reasons.
1.) Basing this on how typical file managers work.
But these plugin buttons are not really files.
Regardless every single file manager that I have used in Linux & Windows, always seem to have an OPTION in settings to allow user to choose single click. I personally look at plugins as being more like little programs rather than like files if you open up your panel menu / start menu you get a list of programs, when you go to launch a programs GUI window, they use single clicks to do this, which is the default for launcher menus.
2.) “This is how other DAWs do this”
but there are many DAW / audio applications that offer single click to achieve this as well, so this is not necessarily a standard for all programs that cannot be changed / offered a choice.
CLOSING PLUGINS HOTKEY
Another helpful accessibility item (could be helpful in general for anyone) would be something to help with closing plugin windows. It would be nice to have an option in “Keyboard shortcuts” to allow user to define a hotkey to close plugin windows with keyboard (if one does not exist in Ardour, didn’t see this at the moment).
Again this should be user defined if possible as not all users might want this / use the same hotkey.
I like the idea of using the “escape” key (may cause conflicts with certain plugins, not sure?) but regardless it would be up to the user to choose what key they want to assign.
I have seen that Ardour has recently added a feature in which developers have made it so that flashing lights within the interface can be turned off for those who are sensitive to things like this.
I feel that something like what I am mentioning in this request should also be considered to help users and is a rather easy item for such skilled programmers to fix. Ardour provides tons of custom options & hotkeys, I think this would be a great addition and helpful to those who might have issues with repetitive use case scenarios.
Again, this will just be added as an OPTION, the current default settings will remain EXACTLY the same. The user will just be given the choice to turn this on or off, but nothing else will change for other users who prefer the default Ardour setup, so everyone wins.
Hopefully something like this will be seriously considered.