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Chapter 4 Creating and Manipulating Objects

11. Moving and Resizing Objects


You can move and resize objects by performing certain drawing area operations described below or by changing values in the object's property sheet, namely, the 'horizontal and vertical position' properties to move the object and the 'horizontal and vertical size' properties to resize it. Changing the property values for an object is more precise because you can change the property values by small amounts.

11.1. Moving Objects

You can move an object by changing the values of the 'horizontal and vertical position 'properties in its property sheet or by selecting it and invoking move from the Modify menu. The quickest way to move an object, though, is to select it, then hold down the left mouse button and drag the object to its new location.

To move an object by using its property sheet:

1. Bring up the property sheet for the object you wish to move by selecting the object and choosing modify from the Modify menu.

2. Change the object's horizontal position in the drawing area by changing the value for the 'horizontal position' property.

3. Change the object's vertical position in the drawing area by changing the value for the 'vertical position' property.

Remember that you can change the gain of the property's slider by bringing up the slider menu, which will allow you to change the value with varying degrees of preciseness (see Working with Sliders in Chapter 2 for more on this menu). The maximum value in the horizontal position range is 1,152; in the vertical position range, 900.

To move an object (or objects) with the move option:

1. Select the object you wish to move.

2. Choose move from the Modify menu.

3. The handles around the object disappear, and crosshairs appear on the upper left hand corner of the object--the crosshairs indicate the object's position in the drawing area. The display operations area displays the x and y coordinates of the object. These values correspond to the center of the crosshairs. If you are moving more than one object, the crosshairs will appear at the top left hand corner of the group of objects, and the displayed x and y coordinates will correspond to that location.

4. When the object or objects are in the desired location, left-click the mouse to place the object or objects.

The handles re-appear around the object after you place it.

To move an object (or objects) by dragging it:

1. Select the object you wish to move.

2. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the object to its new location.

3. Release the mouse button to set the object in its new location.

11.2. Resizing Objects

You can resize an object, that is, change its overall size by either changing the values for the 'horizontal and vertical size' properties, dragging the handles that appear on the object's border when the object is selected, or using the resize option in the Modify menu. With the last method, you can also resize a group of objects.

To resize an object by using its property sheet:

1. Bring up the property sheet for the object you wish to resize by selecting the object and choosing modify from the Modify menu.

2. Change the horizontal size of the object by changing the value for the 'horizontal size' property.

3. Change the object's vertical size by changing the value for the 'vertical size' property.

Remember that you can change the gain of the property's slider by bringing up the slider menu, which will allow you to change the value with varying degrees of preciseness (see Working with Sliders in Chapter 2 for more on this menu). The only limit to an object's size is the maximum value in the range of the property, which is 1,152 for the object's horizontal size and 900 for its vertical size.

To resize an object by dragging one of its handles:

1. Select the object.

2. Hold down the left-mouse button on one of the handles. Which handle you drag, depends on which direction or directions you want to resize. For instance, dragging either one of the handles on the top or bottom edge, not on the corners, will resize the object vertically, while dragging either one of the handles on the left or right edges will resize the object horizontally. By dragging one of the handles on the corners of the object, you can change the object's vertical and horizontal size.

3. When the object is the desired size, release the mouse button.

To resize an object or object by using the resize option:

1. Select the object or objects you want to resize.

2. Choose resize from the Modify menu.

3. The handles around the object or objects disappear, and crosshairs appear on the lower right-hand corner of the object or group of objects. The current width and height of the object is displayed in the display operations area. The values for the size change as you resize the object. If you are resizing a group of objects, the value will be equal to the total size of the group of objects.

4. When the object or objects are the desired size, left-click to set the size of each object.

11.1. - Moving Objects
To move an object by using its property sheet:
To move an object (or objects) with the move option:
To move an object (or objects) by dragging it:
11.2. - Resizing Objects
To resize an object by using its property sheet:
To resize an object by dragging one of its handles:
To resize an object or object by using the resize option:

EDD/DM User's Manual, 2.4 - 27 MARCH 1997
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