Eric Clayberg Messages: 942 Registered: July 2009 Location: Boston, MA
We don't plan to change that behavior. 'Click and point" is more powerful in our opinion as it makes it easier to drop multiple similar widgets at once or to drop and size in one operation. It is also more consistent with drawing/painting application going back 20-30 years. It also means that other types of tools (like selection modes, tab order editors, etc.) can also exist in the same palette as all items( including widgets) are just tools that you will then use on the canvas.
That said, if someone wanted to submit a patch to make that behavior optional via a preference (GEF supports both modes), we would certainly look at it.