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Transform moves are currently (v 1.7.0.238) absolute based on the rulers. It would be nice if moves could also be made RELATIVE to the current position of the object.

Yes, I know that one can do arithmetic in the Transform x,y values boxes, e.g. "+1.5" and end up in the place desired for the FIRST iteration of, say, a duplicate but the resultant duplicate then has a new absolute value in the x, y boxes. Instead of being "1.5", the relative move distance, it will be "2.5", a total of the original y location plus 1.5 . Any attempt to put a second duplicate the same distance away from the first duplicate as the first dupe is from the original (i.e. 1.5 ) results in an error.

Why is this of concern? You cannot then do a step-and-repeat numerically using the Transform dialogue and CTRL+J. You have to move the first duplicate manually. Only then is the movement recorded as relative and only then will the relocation of the subsequent duplicates be accurate.

I would say relative moves are done far more often than absolute moves anyway and should be an option in the Transform palette.

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The way I believe it is supposed to work (and does for me):

  1. Select the object (Object 1).
  2. Ctrl+J to duplicate the object, giving Object 2.
  3. In the Transform panel, move Object 2 (for example, put +1.5 in the x box).
  4. Ctrl+J to duplicate Object 2, giving Object 3. Object 3 is automatically located at Object 2 + 1.5 (that is, at Object 1 + 3).

I can't decide if that's what you want, or if you're wanting something else. But both steps 3 and 4 resulted in relative moves,  not absolute.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and 1.7.0.333 Beta       / Affinity Designer 1.6..5.123 and 1.7.0.333 Beta    / Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.337 Beta

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4 hours ago, SamSteele said:

Obviously image 2 is not what I wanted to include. How does one remove an uploaded image (i.e. UN-upload it?)

TKS.

The images are shown at the bottom of the post after you attach them, and each has a delete icon (trash can). It sounds be there if you edit the post, too.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo 1.6.5.123 and 1.7.0.333 Beta       / Affinity Designer 1.6..5.123 and 1.7.0.333 Beta    / Affinity Publisher 1.7.0.337 Beta

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