Posted by Kevin Matthews on November 05, 1998 at 17:06:28:
In Reply to: Grabbing mid-edge handles posted by David Thom on November 05, 1998 at 14:38:45:
I guess the basic challenge is in the way computer screens work, with limited resolution. You've already mentioned one reasonable trick for grabbing a handle when other handles are too close - make the object thicker, so the handles aren't too close anymore.
The opposite can also work - zoom way in on the handles, by choosing the 2D Zoom In tool (the very bottom right tool in the tool palette), and dragging a small rectangle around the handles you need. This zooms you way in in one shot, so the handles will be farther apart on the screen, even though they are "really" still close together. (And after working in high zoom, you can get back to 100% zoom instantly by just clicking on the zoom percentge field of the tool palette. )
Another alternative, depending on what you're trying to do, is just to use the handle you get. If you hold down the Control key (command key on Mac) while dragging on a corner handle, just that handle moves. So by moving first the top corner handle and then the bottom corner handle, you get the same effect of once moving the mid-edge handle in-between. It sounds a bit crazy, but it is very quick and precise once you get used to it, so it does make sense in some cases.
So that's three ways to get around the limited resolution of the computer screen, for working with mid-edge handles on thin slab-like objects. Anyone else have another trick for this?
Thanks for the good question,