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    Default How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    Help -- the image 'handles' on newer versions of Xara are driving me nuts, like the resize handle only on the lower-right corner, and the 'rotate' handle at top-right.
    Is there a way to revert the handles back to just the little black squares that were used on older Xara versions?
    Thanks in advance, Jon
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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    If you're using Designer Pro + not that I know of.

    In Designer Pro X click on the Show Selection Bounds Handles.

    One of the things that has always appealed to me from the time I first started using Xara in the middle 90s was the simplicity of the UI and tools.

    But over the years Xara has become less simple. Things reached the pinnacle of usefulness (IMO) when the inside of the bounding box handles resized, and the outside of the handles you could skew and on the corners rotate.

    It is not so much the extra functions that I mind now as the fact the extra options often cover up the object I am trying to modify.
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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    Here's an example of what I am complaining about above.

    I select the two eye shapes and Designer Pro+ adds a rectangular bounding box which covers the edges of the eyeballs and makes it very difficult to reposition. Selecting a line is even worse.

    In Designer Pro X the bounding box handles are out of the way and I can see what I am doing.
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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    Jon - I have moved this to the Xara Cloud forum.
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    Info Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    Eva-K replied on this earlier: https://www.talkgraphics.com/showthr...436#post628436.

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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    I can see merit in both options - perhaps if there was an option to apply transparency to the handles that might help ?
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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    Back again on this. The pain continues. Got Photo and Graphic Designer a month ago, and can't reset the image handles as I was able to do before with your help, see fixes below. Doesn't seem to be a Regedit entry for P&GD...
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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    Your example is interesting to me. The box line assists me in edge-to-edge alignment. Their absence, for me, seems imprecise. I am not an artist so I "engineer" my art. Interesting.

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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    @Dan

    interesting indeed as I would say the opposite

    if I want precise edge to edge alignment i use snap

    if I am aligning one object to another the blue/white box just gets in the way visually

    @jon404


    worth checking you are looking at the correct xara version tree in regetit ?
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    no,of couse not - we used to, but since then we have taken a great step forward...
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    Default Re: How to reset image 'handles' to older, simpler version?

    assuming photo and graphic designer 18, then registry entry for P&G should be in:

    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Xara\Xtreme x64\18\Options\Selector Tool
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    is it true that we stand on the very edge of an abyss?
    no,of couse not - we used to, but since then we have taken a great step forward...
    Wyrd bi ful ard

 

 

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