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Gear maker

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  1. @SuperUserGlad it helped. Have fun. Sometimes I like doing things the hard way instead of having the software do all the work. I look to AD as being a tool box that will let me do whatever I want. Instead of wanting it to do all the work. But that could be because I am using it as a hobby instead of having to get the finished item done, NOW for business.
  2. @SuperUserIt is doable but requires more manual work. I drew the design I wanted, in this case I used a grid of 0.15". Then with the pie tool I made a wedge that was 30 degrees (360 / number of segments, 12 in this case). Start angle 75 degrees and End angle 105 degrees. The wedge was resized, keeping the ratio the same, until the arc was the width as that of the bottom bar (node to node using a Butt Cap on the lines and a Miter of 2). Then in the move tool I did a cmd + J with the wedge selected. Holding cmd + shift I drug the top handle until the corners were the height of the next grid line. cmd + J then a tweak as needed to keep the to keep the corners on each grid line. Until I had 8 wedges all with the same point. Then using the node tool I moved nodes of the original design so that all vertical lines were parallel with the walls of the wedge. Then bow the horizontal lines so that they are all parallel with the rounded end of the wedges. The top horizontal lines are easier than the bottom because they are centered in the wedge. The lower ones (except on the bottom line) the right node will have to be raised to keep the line parallel with the curve of the wedge. Group the lines making up the final segment. In the Move tool turn on the Enable Transform Origin and drag the center until it snaps to the point of the wedges. Then using the Power Duplicate (cmd + J) make a duplicate. In the transform panel put in a -30 degree rotation. The 10 more Power Duplicates and it will be done. I did this fairly quickly, so it could be done better. But it gives an idea of a way to accomplish that task. Test 1.afdesign
  3. I hated this also, but in the Preferences>Tools>Use shift modifier to cycle tools will stop this. It stops the toggling of tools so hitting A more than once you will still be in the node tool. Same for all the tools. BUT there is an issue with this. The second A hit will cause designer to search out a layer with a name starting with A and if it is found then it will change layers on you. Which can be even more annoying.
  4. I totally agree. There is a right click on a layer in the layers panel function to ignore it from snapping. But I'd rather have what you ask for, for it always be included as a candidate.
  5. Okay, I'm not sure which way you mean this. I'm guessing you want the two paths to become one with all the nodes from each path included. It's actually quite simple if you know the procedure. When in the node tool select the two nodes you want attached. These must be end (or start) nodes, not middle nodes. If no nodes are selected this process will attach the two closest end/start nodes. Then just click the Join curves icon in the Action group of the context toolbar.
  6. Thanks Alfred, how did you know this? Wow. I don't even think of having such a problem on the forum.
  7. Can you elaborate on this? What's not working? Are the objects petty much the same size and shape, or very different? Does the layers panel show all objects are selected? Are they compound objects "Curves" or "Curve" in the layers panel? Is the bounding box not showing on one object? Etc. The more info the better. Pictures are nice.
  8. It was actually the vertical. I wanted them on a straight (angled but mostly horizontal) line. I wanted the horizontal distancing (x dimension) to remain the same for each.
  9. That is probably why it has worked for me before. In the initial example there wasn't much difference between the y location of each item. So I was trying to use the alignment to get them in a straight line. I finally just drew a line at the angle I wanted and adjusted them until the edge of each was on the line. Thanks. Mike
  10. But they are grouped by your selection. If you select 5 objects of different sized parts what dimension do you think it should show? Would you have it show the dimension of the first, last, smallest or largest object selected? No, the overall dimension is shown unless the Transform Objects Separately is selected. Then it just defaults to showing the bounding box for the first item. It can only show one item and that is what was selected. If they are the same size then it makes sense. But yes if you are trying to change the size of multiple different sized objects using the Transform Objects Separately you will really be out of luck to do each accurately in one change.
  11. Hi Walt. Okay now you are making me question my sanity. I would swear that many times in the past I have been able to have multiple objects and using the spacing put them in a line evenly spaced between the first and last object. Any idea how I would have accomplished that in the past? It sure isn't working now. Now whichever is the highest stays the highest and whichever is the lowest stays the lowest, etc. I think I'm cracking up! Mike
  12. I am using AD 1.10.0 and in my drawing I created one object. Then using a ctrl C and ctrl V replicated the first object and positioned it about where I wanted, then copied that object and placed it, etc. I then selected the 6 objects and using the alignment icon I did a Space vertically. But they didn't. What's stopping these from being spaced vertically? I tried the spacing and distributing from the menu and got the same results. I tried copying the 6 objects to a new drawing and got the same results. I have done this same process before in this same drawing and it worked as it is supposed to. Test1.afdesign
  13. Select both (all) objects you want resized. Then in the move tool's context toolbar there is an icon Transform Objects Separately, click this. The bounding box will only show on one object but if you use it to change the one object they all will change.
  14. Assuming the upper and lower are each a single curve, not a curves. In this case the easiest way is to click on both layers in the layer panel, click on Join curves and then on Close curves. The Join curves will select the node from each that is the closest. In this case that is obvious that either the right 2 or the left 2 will be selected and it doesn't matter which. If there is ambiguity or you only want a specified set connected then select the 2 nodes you want joined. The Close curves will close the start node with the end node on a curve. So no selection other than the layer is required.
  15. I find a unicode 1f668 that is called a Hollow Quilt Square Ornament but that's not too common a name either.
  16. @Chillr2021Have you thought about using a COG shape as in the attached? Using a COG.afdesign
  17. What are you seeing in the File menu? I see what you are asking about. Or, maybe you can explain your question better.
  18. @ZepIf you move a copy to something not on the network does it work? I'd guess it was a permissions thing. Or, someone else has the file open on the shared drive? Those are my thoughts at least. Good luck.
  19. I haven't imported to Tinkercad but in the More menu of the export try Flatten Transforms. And possibly Rasterize: Nothing. Good luck.
  20. I'm assuming seeing as you are using AD you want to do this completely with vectors. Yes, your suggested action sounds correct. I think you'll want to draw each surface, then start with the bigger area, green. Then yellow, then red. Attached is a quick example of the issue I'd attack it. Good luck. racecar.afdesign
  21. If you do a convert to curves (cmd return on a mac) each letter is converted to a separate curve or compound curve depending on the structure of the letter. If you want all letters in one compound curve, do the convert to curve, then select all letters and do an add or a Layer > Geometry> Merge curves.
  22. I just installed 1.10.0.5 and used it to open a document I created in 1.10.0.3. I was surprised to see it come back saying "Opening non-Beta document" then suggesting a copy be made. I'm used to having such when opening a 1.9... document which is not being compatible with beta 1.10.0.5. But usually a document made in 1.10.0.3 would be compatible with 1.10.0.5 and vice versa. Unfortunately I do not still have version 1.10.0.3 to see if it actually is compatible.
  23. Off the top of my head I can't think of any place that that wouldn't take care of it. One of the biggest problems I have with the bounding box is when woking with a gradient trying to match colors adjacent to another area. The blue line does not let me visualize the actual difference/sameness of the two areas. But hiding the bounding box would hide the gradient's handles and these must be seen to use them. The handles can be easily moved out of the area so they don't really affect the view. But the blue line (of the bounding box) can't be removed during any adjustment. If the spacebar is pressed before grabbing the handle then the handle can not be grabbed. If the spacebar is pressed after grabbing the handle then it is ignored. I don't think any of the workarounds work for this except creating a New View. If as you suggest above, the bounding box were made invisible during adjustment that would be great. But the handles should be kept visible so their placement can be seen during the adjustment. Actually this would be true frequently for any handle of any bounding box being adjusted.
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