Anyone know how to toggle animate mode as a hotkey?

Hey I looked around and I don’t think this has been asked. So I just figured out how to edit the hotkey file and change hotkeys (Excited!) But - the one thing i really would love a hotkey for but can’t find a name for in the document is the actual Animate Edit Mode toggle on/off button. Is it somewhere in the hotkey document just under a name I’m not finding? Or does it have some sort of “name” so I can create one? Sorry not a coder so I probably am not using the right jargon.

To be clear I’m in that “accelrc” document that starts like this:
; synfigstudio GtkAccelMap rc-file -- scheme --
; this file is an automated accelerator map dump
; (gtk_accel_path “/actions/panel-canvases” “”)
; (gtk_accel_path “/canvasview/mask-vertex-ducks” “2”)
; (gtk_accel_path “/menus/menu-canvas” “”)
; (gtk_accel_path “/actions/panel-tool_options” “”)
; (gtk_accel_path “/canvasview/select-all-ducks” “a”)


Anyway thank you for any advice on how to hotkey the animate mode toggle.


This could be posted on Synfig GitHub repo as a feature request.

To answer your question I don’t think there is a hotkey to toggle on/off animate mode. I’ve been doing it with mouse click.

@ice0 Do you want me to open a new feature request for this?

Not to forget that toggling “Animation Mode” has to be done wisely or you can mess you animation.
Using a shortcut key may prevent to be careful.
I think this was never implemented “by design” (but why not)

Hey thank you both for the replies and sorry for the delay! @Keyikedalube if you would be willing to put in a feature request on this I would be grateful! Otherwise if I should go learn how to figure that out myself happy to try as well :slight_smile: And yes @BobSynfig I know all too well what can happen when toggled incorrectly! but at this point after animating synfig pretty regularly for a few years, I personally feel it would be actually a better sense of control and easier to remember than clicking a button. At least to make it one of those actions in the hotkey sheet like I described so that people like me could go in and customize it to be a hotkey if they so chose would be awesome.

@BobSynfig nice argument… We have that red border to indicate animate on/off

@bbrizzy89 can you give suggest a shortcut key to toggle on/off?

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Sure! One idea I pictured was something with the space bar, like Control+SPACE? If for some reason space bar is difficult, Control+M seems to be free. Thanks!

Issue opened here :point_right:

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Control+SPACE sounds cool and fitting :slight_smile:

Thanks for the suggestion! Now implementers know what’s next. Have a great day!

Feature’s already implemented and merged (recently) :slight_smile:

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So cool! Thank you! Pardon my ignorance: I can’t access a version with this feature now right? I basically wait until a new development version is available at some point down the road to have this feature? Thanks for clarifying and either way it’s so cool to be a part of the development of synfig!

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You can try it by following this:

@ice0 maybe port it to 1.4.1?

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Sure. Added it to the backport list.

Hey @ice0 , @rodolforg or others - I just downloaded Synfig 1.4.1. Is this supposed to have this new hotkey in it? I haven’t gotten it to work yet. I also sadly wasn’t skilled enough to follow the prior instructions to test it out in github - seems like the format/UI of the github pages did not match the tutorials?

Thanks for any advice on if this animate mode hotkey is now available to me as a user or not - Excited to use it!

To avoid a new round of tests, it was pushed to 1.4.2.

But the next release won’t probably delay too much :slight_smile:

Hah okay no worries - thanks!

Note that you can still download the source and compile it yourself to benefit of the last features :wink:

Thank you but I struggled to do from github before - the link from rodolforg above did not end up matching what I was seeing when I went to github so I couldnt figure it out…any more updated/clear step by step instructions out there for me to learn how to do this? No worries if not. Thank you!