Photoshop: Numeric text fields should ignore errant text input

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The Number One grievance I have with this incredible software (been using 24 years) is the lack of common sense intelligence when you change a size from something like “24pt” to “30t” by accident... I do this all the time, usually because I am not looking at it while changing it. Simply clicking on the field should render the entire box empty with no text remnants in the field. Anyone else feeling my pain? This would be incredibly easy to fix. (Please do in all programs)
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Mark Simkiss

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Hi Mark,

What product and context are you talking about.  If you mean Text Fields, most people probably don't want to wipe out the existing setting, nor is blanking the field typical software behavior.  I'd like to understand your concern better.  Could you clarify?

Thanks,
David
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Mark Simkiss

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Thanks, David.  I appreciate your time.

Here's what I mean... First Photoshop, then Illustrator, but as far I can recall, it applies to the entire suite of software.  Haven't used other apps in a few months.

So, if I click and highlight inside the text size box, and miss the “t” as shown here on the left, type in a number so I end up with something like “25.5t” and hit enter, then I get the error message below.  That’s understandable, because what’s 25.5t?  

The box however should be smart.  Being a programmer too, I recognize that it’s a simple fix, and that’s partly why it bugs me even more.

It should know to ignore the “t” altogether.  Alternatively, the suffix/measuring system--this case being points (”pt”)--could be independently right-aligned in the box and maybe in a slightly different color.  It only changes if you type in another type of suffix, meaning it's not part of the field value unless you change it by manually typing it in after your new number.

There are more ways to achieve this but the bottom line is that the field box should be smarter.  It’s just supposed to be the best software and this is such a simple thing.  This goes for all fields with suffixes.  If more than one suffix is allowable, then the assumption should be that you wanted the same one if there is any text left over when you enter a new value.

I believe everyone experiences this and it's not really hard to fix.  

Illustrator, for it’s part, simply ignores the input if you manage to highlight part of the suffix as shown here.  If you enter anything in this case and end up with “200x”... then it just ignores you like you did nothing.  It should instead recognize that you entered 200.



Thanks for checking this out, David.  Hope this is helpful and this can be added to an update soon.
Have good day, hopefully it's sunny!
Mark



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Thanks for your response, Mark.  I appreciate the clarity and I'm going to take most of this and put it directly into the feature request.  8-)

Have a good one,
David
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Mark Simkiss

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Awesome!  Thanks, David!  You rock!  Have an awesome day!
Mark