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I am trying to do:

EventHandler[Graphics[{ (*stuff*) }],{{"MouseDragged","p"}:>(*pan the graphics*),  
{"KeyDown","z"}:>(*zoom in/out as the mouse moves up/down in the graphics*) }]

This would be similar to what we can do with Graphics3D, except when I "pan" the Graphics I want to change the PlotRange rather than move the Graphics around the window. BTW I will be using "MouseDown" for custom modification of the Graphics, and that's one of the reasons why I want pan/zoom associated with pressing keys.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think either Istvan (?) or Szabolcs (?) have posted what you want here or on Mathgroup. Whoever the author was I know I have seen this code before. $\endgroup$ – Mike Honeychurch Jun 19 '12 at 0:02
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    $\begingroup$ I think it is Szabolcs's MathGroup post $\endgroup$ – kglr Jun 19 '12 at 0:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Mike that's not quite the same thing because it zooms to a selected box. I believe Ted's request is for something like the zoom seen in graphics programs, PDF viewers, etc., where you have a zoom control, and separately a smooth pan when zoomed. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Jun 19 '12 at 1:09
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You could do something like this

DynamicModule[{range, ref, range0, fac = 2/3},
 range = range0 = 2 {{-1, 1}, {-1, 1}};
 EventHandler[
  Dynamic@Graphics[{Disk[]}, Axes -> True, PlotRange -> range],
  {"MouseDown" :> (ref = MousePosition["GraphicsImageScaled"]; range0 = range),
   "MouseDragged" :> (range = range0 + 
       (ref - MousePosition["GraphicsImageScaled"]) (range0[[All, 2]] - range0[[All, 1]])),
   "MouseClicked" :> Which[
     CurrentValue["AltKey"], 
     range = (range - MousePosition["Graphics"])*fac + MousePosition["Graphics"],
     CurrentValue["ShiftKey"], 
     range = (range - MousePosition["Graphics"])/fac +  MousePosition["Graphics"]]}]]

You can pan by dragging, zoom in by clicking somewhere in the plot while keeping the Alt-key depressed (or Cmd if you're on OS X), and zoom out by clicking while keeping the Shift-key depressed. The amount of zoom with each click is determined by fac.

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