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Another classic example of a modal interface is the Photoshop toolbox, dating back to MacPaint.



It does not take much work for a Photoshop operator to orient themselves to the current mode, because it is communicated by a number of cues, including the shape of the mouse pointer.

One problem with vi’s interface is that, in contrast to Photoshop, it’s not easy for a vi operator to discover the available modes.

Are there any paint programs without a modal interface?

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