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Libarch

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Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« on: September 13, 2014, 06:16:13 pm »
I created 3 'automatic' vertical guides (Guide Manager -> Column/Row, Verticals Number 3) and I would like to centre a frame on the third one (at the 75% position), however it is not possible to select the guides by clicking on them, so I cannot use the Align/Distribute window. Is this normal? If so, is there another way to achieve what I want to do (ie centering an object on the right hand half of a page)?

Thank you

(I'm using Scribus 1.4.4 on Windows)

Nermander

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 07:49:00 pm »
It seems as if it's not possible to select automatically created guides for Align and distribute, only manually created.

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2014, 02:55:09 am »
I suggest you create a line, snap it to the third guide, then select both the line and the shape and center the shape to the line.

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2014, 10:35:51 am »
And finally delete the line.

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2014, 12:37:02 pm »
Or leave it if you need to snap more shapes =))

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2014, 12:52:04 pm »
One idea could be to put the line in a separate layer, set to not print.

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2014, 02:17:13 pm »
How can you select a line to align to when its on a different layer? I didn't think "trans-layer selection" was possible. Or do you mean move the line to another layer when you're not using it and bring it back when you need it?

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2014, 02:33:27 pm »
Isn't that something you can do with Alt-click?

I just remembered that when I first started using CAD I was used to drawing by hand, using guide lines, and since the CAD program I used didn't have a built in support for guide lines I made a separate layer I used for it.

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Re: Selecting column/row guides for alignment
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2014, 02:59:46 pm »
I've just tried Shift-Click, Alt-click and Cmd+Click and none allow selection across layers on OSX. Maybe it's different on other OSes but I don't think it is. (I'd be very happy to be proved wrong as being able to do this would be very useful.)

If - as I think - it's not possible, it would be nice to have an option to allow it somehow. Maybe Shift-Alt-Click - or whatever - could bring up a little selection "menu" showing a list of all of the objects under the pointer, no matter which layer, and you could select which one you want. (Or maybe there's a much better idea; that was just off the top of my head.)

P.S. I can't remember how AutoCAD worked when I first started with it but I'm sure it had layers. I also moved to CAD from using that "plastic paper" (which I can never remember the proper name of) and pens on a lovely big board that tilted just nicely enough at lunchtimes to play "PONG" on it with a heavy rubber ball using two coasters at the bottom for paddles! Oh happy, far more simple, days…

 

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