Neither of these address the prodigy of ten years plus of KM development
since QuicKeys perished, and also the fruits of that preceding era.
Unfortunately the massive need is for a GUI solution within an app-based
development system which addresses real work.
I've just rebuilt my TV mixing template in Pro Tools which has also
grown beyond the limits of their GUI's restrictions - fortunately, a
number of Folder Tracks options have arrived in Pro Tools Ultimate and
sanity is finally achievable. These exact problems were also present in
necessary Pro Tools workflow: active/inactive, hiding/showing, fussy
naming, 'announcement tracks', colourizing, etc. Folder Tracks has
brought agriculture to the savages. Is being a savage the correct way to
live - I would say yes. But to remain competitive in 2021, I would say
I'm essentially asking for the same in KM. The audio track/MIDI
track/aux/master level is analogous to the Macro Group level in KM. The
solution is nested folders with disclosure triangles. Colourizing within
Macro Group lists/hierarchy is also a secret ticket. Humans (most of us)
respond to colour. Any quick review of the power of Folder Tracks in Pro
Tools (a specific $1200 upgrade to a version that addressed this, led to
much missionary-style videos on the subject)... will IMMEDIATELY bring
into focus the dire need for this in KM.
For those of you punters who have a couple of dozen Macro Groups will be
dismissive. But for those of us who have been serious with development,
and 'mode use alternatives', we have HUNDREDS of Macro Groups, even the
storage of ERAs of multiple tunings of multiple systems and have had to
rely on alphabetical naming hierarchy including cryptic shorthand
(including emoji ffs in my case) to get it all to fit into one
The scrolling takes forever, the time to destination is exhausting, and
the need for Nested Macro Group Folders is absolutely non-trivial.
A separate organization window, such as would be found in Firefox for
History or Bookmarks, would be an easy solution without breaking any of
the existing. Even a window like this that could pop up a New Editor
Window based on double-click in the Organization window. Naturally,
though, the first pane of existing 3-pane GUI wants upgrade to include
nested folders/disclosure of Macro Groups. The existing editor window is
really good. The organization window could also be detachable, as with a
Photoshop module. (I currently have no fewer than three simultaneous
Editor Windows open at any one time, dragging and dropping macro
references, copying and pasting blocks between macros. It's not
unrealistic to have an Organizer window among the fray.)
I can't take seriously the in-the-bin approach of tags/search/results
which offers no real visual organization, when multiple application
clusters, projects, mode-cases and workflow are at risk of disappearing
into a black hole.
As Macro development increases by an ever-expanding user-base, this
aspect of KM will also increase; addressing this need is unavoidable
To give an example, last night I again came upon Defaulter from Quiet
Art NZ who offer in-built KM scripts via a button on the plugin.
Naturally, they put their Macros in a Defaulter Macro Group.
But this doesn't suffice for an incoming KM asset - what is required is
to move it into its proper home upon installation:
Macro Groups/external/Quiet Art/Defaulter/210329-1805/Defaulter/v10
and with their next update:
Macro Groups/external/Quiet Art/Defaulter/210330-1815/Defaulter/v11
There is tremendous potential in the power of this organization - none
of the hidden KM Macro IDs need to change, things don't need to break -
it's just organization within the app. Just an additional meta-grid
against which the Macro Group knows where it lives. This folder
information need not even be imported/exported. (Again, Pro Tools is an
easy reference for how to do import/export of hierarchy as well.) I
don't see this as a ground-up rebuild thing, just a GUI write/read to a
multidimensional array in a preference file.
One additional note: Using Folder Tracks in Pro Tools, there is
hierarchical and logic based active/inactive on the Folder Tracks as
well as content tracks. There is an interesting logic to this, and also
great potential for power. A folder containing some active, some
inactive children, will remember these settings and revive those states,
so a folder remembers whether it itself is active/inactive and also
governs its child content.
In the Defaulter case, imagine being able to choose:
Macro Groups/incoming/Quiet Art/Defaulter
And being able with one button to shut off everything except just the
test macros. Fantastic for troulbleshooting.
Sure, you could select all groups, with the exception of the
"downloaded incoming apps dubious problems Quiet Art Defaulter v11
210330-1824-" Macro Group, and then disable all but focus.
But if you HAD the option to do it in a more delightful, less
hours-consuming way, would you? The whole ethos of KM is 'person-hours
saved', why would we not do this on a meta level as well?
The towering culmination of human endeavour thusly defeating our
original aims. If Folder Hierarchy creates time wasted for people, then
absolutely don't include it. If it helps KM speed us all up, in
development and also daily use, then it's a vital aspect which simply
must be included.