Make more space by using smaller buttons in 3dsMax

UI Preferences
Screen real estate is important. By resizing the Max toolbar buttons you can squeeze 50% more on screen without adding another row.

  • Simply go into Customize > Preferences
  • Chose the General tab
  • Uncheck Use Large Toolbar buttons 


Large ToolBar Buttons


Small ToolBar Buttons

Dumb tip of the day: Flick panning in Photoshop

Flick Panning in Photoshop

Disable flick panning in photoshop

If I’m working fast I hate waiting for the interface to catch up  with me. In Photoshop Holding the space bar to pan is cool. Waiting for the image to stop sliding is not

So I spent 5 minutes throwing and catching an image… and actually it’s intuitive and kinda fun.

Flick to throw and tap to stop

Alternatively you can disable the feature here.

Edit > Preferences > General > Enable flick Panning

Make space on your hard drive using treemaps

Somehow the 60GB on my SSD is never enough for windows (sigh) and I’m always doing house cleaning to make sure it has enough free space. Treemaps help me visualise the data and clear out the biggest space hogging offenders.

I designed my desktop I opted for a superfast but small SSD drive for the windows OS and a big 1TB raid for everything else ( i’ve also another 200MB SSD for cache files and program files). VFX generates a bucket load of data. It’s important to keep on top of my house keeping.

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How to remove the annoying wacom circles in windows

This will show you how to remove the annoying circles that appear in windows 7 and windows 10 when you use a wacom tablet.They’re for touch screens, and you don’t need them if you have the wacom pen buttons.  They just get in the way and slow you down.

How to remove the pen and touch right click… (the radar circle)

1.Open the windows control panel.
2.Select ‘pen and touch’
3.In ‘pen options’ select ‘press and hold’ and press the settings button.
4.Uncheck the ‘enable press and hold for right-clicking’ option. ok to close the dialogs.

Windows Press and hold settings

How to remove the splash circle in windows 7

1. Click windows start and type gpedit.msc into the command line
2. Click gpedit.msc from the programs list to open the ‘local group policy editor’
3. Navigate to… User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Cursor.
4. Set ‘Turn off pen feedback’ to enabled.
5. Now navigate to… Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Tablet PC > Cursor.
6. And again Set ‘Turn off pen feedback’ to enabled.

How to remove the splash circle in windows 10

  1. press windows key
  2. type “settings” and hit enter
  3. click on “devices”
  4. Select “Pen” from the left column (if it’s not there, first install the wacom driver for your tablet)
  5. Turn “Show Visual Effects” off
  6. Close the settings dialog

Turn off windows Ink.

I was still getting some glitches in windows 10 where the wacom pen failed to left click. This seemed to cure the problem.

  • You can turn off windows ink in the wacom tablet preferences.
  • Choose the ‘Mapping’ tab then uncheck Use windows Ink

Disable Windows Ink

Disable flicks

The radar circle and the splash circle are the things that really bug me when I’m using the wacom pen. But you can also dig a bit deeper…

Disable flicks in windowsHow to disable flicks

1.Open the windows control panel.
2.Select ‘pen and touch’
3.Choose the flicks tab
4.Uncheck ‘Use flicks to perform common actions quickly and easily’.
5.Uncheck ‘Display flicks icon in the notifications area’ ok to close the dialogs.

Additionally you can turn off all the tablet PC components

1.With the control panel view in “view by category mode”.
2.Go into Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows Features On or Off
3.Untick the Tablet PC Components

And Finally

It melts my brain that this is still an issue in windows 10. Hopefully the solutions above will help. If you try working through in stages you’ll get a feel for what windows trying to do and how it messes up Wacom.

…. So then there’s windows uac to fix ….