How to edit in groups

Hi,

Is it possible to edit text within a group without having to ungroup?

I have an effect on the group and want to change the text in the group without
deleting the effect.

In other programs you typically you can select items in a group by double clicking or
shift clicking but I didn’t find a working shortcut for easy web animator?

Greetings,

Lorenz


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Hi Lorenz,
Unfortunately not. What you can try is to make a movie clip from your
combined items and then use this in your main animation. If you need
to edit the text then you simply change the text in the clip and all
of the instances of the clip in the movie will get updated.

Try this;

  1. Select all of the items you want to group and group them (Items/
    Group)
  2. In the properties panel make a note of the combined size of the group
  3. Ungroup all of the items again
  4. Select the items again (the selection is lost for some reason) and
    Edit/ Cut
  5. In the library panel click on the small ‘new movie clip’ icon in
    the top right of the panel
  6. When prompted give the movie clip a suitable name and the
    dimensions you noted from step 2
  7. Paste and position the group in the new movie clip window
  8. Drag the movie clip to the main animation window

Now when you want to edit the text for the movie clip you can edit the
clip rather than the grouped item. The other benefit is that a clip
acts like a self contained group that can be used again and again in
an animation. This is a great way to have an item animate (for
example) constantly while the rest of the animation is halted.
Regards,
Tim.

On 25 Oct 2010, at 13:09, Lorenz wrote:

Hi,

Is it possible to edit text within a group without having to ungroup?

I have an effect on the group and want to change the text in the
group without
deleting the effect.

In other programs you typically you can select items in a group by
double clicking or
shift clicking but I didn’t find a working shortcut for easy web
animator?

Greetings,

Lorenz


Tim Plumb
Creative Director
Softpress Systems

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