I am new to kicad here! Using kicad 4.0.0-rc2 on windows7
Maybe I am doing something wrong. When I press the middle mouse button to pan the view, it also zooms out the view. If i do it really carefully, i can pan, but it is quite annoying. I have a logitech g9 gaming mouse.
I had the same annoying prob in windows…
I switched to Arc Touch Mouse
it has not a wheel but a touch surface, so it is easier to handle zooming and panning
or a trick is to move the mouse where you want to pan and press F1 or F2 to zoom…
that will zoom and pan where the pointer is…
Uh… my mouse is doing the same and is a Logitech M505 that had been in use for like 2 years now.
Really thought the mechanic/switch in there were the problem, but if others have this too?!
When I want to pan it sometimes also zooms out until the furthest distance. Looking at this more closely now I found that my mouse wheel pushed right/left (horizontal scrolling) is zooming in/out as well, so not just turning it zooms the view, but pushing right/left does the same.
No wonder it runs towards the stops when I have this problem.
If I could deactivate this in the options I’m pretty sure I could get rid of this problem (zooming while panning) and only allow zooming from wheel turning only, not from left/right wiggling.
 I think I’m talking 3d viewer here mostly and re-reading the thread this was more about eeschema/pcbnew… so disregard me as noise please. I’ll still leave it here just in case someone finds it interesting to read…
Well, for that matter I wish it would work more like in Autodesk Inventor…
There you got tools to select if you want to move (pan) or rotate (orbit) with the left mouse button, the wheel is always bound to zoom.
The cool thing about the rotate (orbit) function in Inventor is, that when you only click on the object within the white circle that is visible on the screen while the orbit tool is active, the point where the mouse-pointer ‘hits’ the object becomes your new pivot point for rotating… this is rather irritating in KiCADs 3d view, as this pivot point is always in the center of the board and you can never rotate around a spot of interest when zoomed in on the periphery of a board as the rotation pivot point is way outside of your scope and moves the area of interest out of view very fast.
The other nice thing is if you click and rotate outside of that white circle the rotation axis is perpendicular to the screen in the center of the circle.
Just tested to use the middle button while I had the orbit tool active and I got the move (pan) functionality… without any hiccups like in KiCAD. Though the middle button is harder to press on all mice I had so far, so I don’t use that functionality at all.
I’d rather look forward to get me something like this some day:
I also really would love SpaceNavigator support, and this seems to be the only reference of it in KiCad land anywhere. Are there any other eyes on this? I have no idea even where to begin hacking on it, all I know is KiCad’s navigation is terrible in comparison to basically everything else (altium with space navigator support, eagle with support for multitouch pads…)
I’m having this issue with my mouse as well - is there a way to disable the handlers for horizontal scrolling? Currently both horizontal and vertical scroll events trigger zooming, and I don’t need both. It’s tricky to press the wheel (which is my middle button) without also rocking it a little left or right.
I seconds ssfrr and others. IF a mouse supports horizontal scrolling then it makes middle button unusable. On windows and with Logitech mouse I was able to deactivate horizontal scrolling specifically for KiCad using Logitech Options software, but would also like to know if there is a way to deactivate it in KiCad itself.