That's very disapointing, because you cannot even map a button for pan or zoom. Those commands exist but are in a toggle mode like any other tool, which makes it very hard to use since you need to press escap when you've done with zooming/panning.
In AC, the left hand is used a lot for shortcuts : copy and past, copy from a point, switch to up/down level, create groups, etc. And so with a tablet you need your left hand on the keybord and your right hand on the tablet with a stylus. The problems are :
- you cannot handle zoom and pan with your pen as you do with your mouse
- you have an asymetric posture which will be painful in the long run.
I think the only good way would be to get a large tablet with "touch", and to set toolbars to reach all the function with a finger. This way the left hand would stay on the screen (avoiding back pain), and the pan/zoom function would be there.
Does AC manage correctly the pinch for zooming and two fingers for panning ?
If true then the next thing would be to allow user to manage the buttons size no matter the resolution, without relying on windows, to get those button large enough to be used with a finger.
Last but not least, the free hand spline function is terrible with 100% crappy results. That's a shame because it could be very useful to create labels, comment and annotate our plans.
I think it would be a big improvement because working with our hands is way more satisfying than with a mouse and KB.
I understand your wish to use a tablet. I've been using a Wacom tablet for 8 years with great pleasure, I'm currently using Intuos Pro with touch feature. Zooming, paning, and orbit works well with pen, touch, and the function wheel.
I can imagine the will work well on their pen computers and pen displays.
For the navigation issues with the tablet I would suggest to try the 3d Connexion mouse (it is more of a joystick than a mouse tbt) for your keyboard hand (to have it left of your keyboard) it offers fairly good 3d and 2d panning/ zooming and its supported by Archicad. Mind you, 3D Conn mouse + huion tablet might by worth as much as standalone wacom tablet that might be better solution.
From Archicad 8.5 all the way to the present. Passionate Autocad hater as well. Wish to save palets and menus individualy in work enviroments: https://bit.ly/3pg3Bx7