Sometime around 19/5/08 (at 20:46 -0400) Tonsils said:
Is it possible to resize multiple item selections in FW Pro 5?
Basically have grouped rollovers and thought if I select the whole
group and wanted to increase the width for all selected items it
would work but no go.
You can do this in a couple of ways…
First, as Walter said, you can resize multiple items by simply
dragging the handle of one item while others are also selected.
Shift-click items to build up multiple selections.
BTW, Command-Option-clicking a stack of objects lets you select down
through the stack, and Command-Option-Shift-clicking, logically
enough, doesn’t deselect one item as you click through to select the
next. Damn useful, eh?
You don’t have to grab and drag - if you prefer, hold down the Shift
key and use the arrow keys to stretch the right or bottom sides out
or inwards. Also damn useful, what?
The problem you’re facing is being able to select the right items.
Selecting the group container item doesn’t select the items inside,
so resizing that items won’t resize the inner elements.
HOWEVER - you can set things up to work like that! You need to make
the items inside the group container object have their dimensions set
relative not to ‘left and width’ and ‘top and height’, but relative
to the left and right and the top and bottom of the containing item,
the group container. This is all done in the Dimensions part of the
Then, when you resize the group container, the inner items will
retain their left-right/top-bottom dimension relationship, following
the resizing of their parent.
This may well be overkill for your current need, but it is definitely
worth experimenting with so you understand and can expliot this
particular bit of sophistication. In the right circumstances it can
be an extraordinarily useful ability.
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