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Bug report: setting point positions

arataj
On 30 May 2005 10:42:08 -0700, George Williams <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Yes. Every point lives in its own gravity well.

I do not understand that. It neither resembles me of grid because zooming in
Fontforge causes less `jumping', not more, nor snapping to other
objects because I had many problems with getting vertical/horizontal
lines because the `jumping' was _preventing_ that.

The docs suggest that it is snapping:

 SnapDistance
    The maximum distance at which pointer motion in the glyph view will be
    snapped to an interesting object (ie. a point, baseline, width line,
    etc.). This is measured in pixels.

But to what then the point snaps in the example?

It might be very usable to get snapping to vertical/horizontal lines
in the case of some fonts. Is this possible in Fontforge?

> > If yes, can
> > the certain special area be turned off?
> Look at the preferences documentation: SnapDistance.

Thanks for the informationm.

Artur



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arataj
On 31 May 2005 08:47:23 -0700, George Williams <[hidden email]> wrote:

> > But to what then the point snaps in the example?
> Its original position.

It is still zoom-dependent. I do not recall a vector drawing program that
has zoom-dependent snapping. And I'd rather use undo for getting a point to
its original position. Setting snap distance to 0 made it impossible
to select a single point by clicking. FF has partially a strange ui to me,
and the docs did not help me much -- for example, I was not able to find any
of the snap intricates described in this paragraph in the docs.

Anyway, precise moving of points with arrows solved the problems with
snapping, so thanks for the info.

> >
> > It might be very usable to get snapping to vertical/horizontal lines
> > in the case of some fonts. Is this possible in Fontforge?
> Yes. Just draw them in the guide layer. This is all documented.
>
>

No, it is not what I meant. The docs say:

 The third layer is a set of guide lines/splines. These are common to all
 glyphs in the font. A
 few lines are provided for you (the x=0 line, the ascent, descent and
 baseline). Other handy
 lines might be the x-height of the font, the cap-height, ascender-height,
 descender-height, ...
 When you are working in any of the other layers, points will snap to
 splines in this layer
 (making it easy to force a consistent x-height for example).

What I meant was that for example pressing a modifier key while moving a
point will snap a line whose angle differs from, for example, the cursive
angle by less that 5, to the cursive angle.

Cheers,
Artur



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