Very much looking forward to that selection filter in the next version. I’ll read up on the High Contrast mode. The left/right select dragging is definitely helpful.
One issue I continually run into with dragging however is, if I have a large footprint part say on the other side of the board that’s locked, and I’m trying to grab and drag smaller components that are in the same 2 dimensional space but on the other board side, I keep getting a pop up message telling me that I’m trying to select locked parts would I like to continue. I think locked parts should be left out of drag selections.
I’m making the switch over to Kicad from years of using FreePCB. Don’t get me wrong, PCBNew is light years ahead of FreePCB in terms of capability, but selecting parts in FreePCB is so intuitive and effortless. You always get what you click on. Sometimes you might have to click twice to select a ref designator for example if it’s inside a footprint but it’s so much quicker and easier to just double click than have a context menu pop up every time.