"Snap to" function for type objects in Illustrator CS

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Yves Peters's picture
Joined: 7 Nov 2002 - 11:00am
"Snap to" function for type objects in Illustrator CS

There’s something in Adobe Illustrator CS that drives me
absolutely freakin’ NUTS and that’s the fact that text anchor
points seem to have lost their “snap to” ability. I hope this is just
a setting and not due to the completely reworked type engine.

I often have short bits of text as independent units (without text
box) and used to snap the anchor point to corner or center
points of objects. Now this doesn’t seem to work anymore.
Anyone knows what happened? I’ve looked in the preferences
and couldn’t find any setting that might be responsible for this.

Chris Rugen's picture
Joined: 19 Aug 2003 - 11:00am

Doesn’t turning on ‘Smart Guides’ allow you to select the point directly? I use them all the time, because they tell you what you’ll select and snap to (point, line, intersection, etc.).

Cmnd + U should turn them on. Although, I admit I use AI 10 at work more than CS at home, so this may not be the solution.

Armin Vit's picture
Joined: 1 Jul 2003 - 12:41pm

Adobe should have stopped at Illustrator 8.0 and simply add the transparency and the wrap envelope features. Everything else has completely mocked up the program.

At work I still use OS 9.2 with Illustrator 8, at home I have Illustrator 10 only because I have OS X only. I de-installed all CS applications (except InDesign) because they suck.

Sorry, end of rant.

Nick Shinn's picture
Joined: 8 Jul 2003 - 11:00am

>At work I still use OS 9.2 with Illustrator 8,

Likewise, but I’m a cranky old fart — it’s tragic that upgrade burnout should strike one so young and vigorous as Armin.

Kyle Hildebrant's picture
Joined: 7 Jan 2003 - 11:00am

Well, I find the glyph pallette in CS indespensible.


Armin Vit's picture
Joined: 1 Jul 2003 - 12:41pm

Just like some people are young at heart, I’m a cranky old fart at heart.

Yves Peters's picture
Joined: 7 Nov 2002 - 11:00am

Well bugger me senseless! When I click in the near vicinity of an
anchor point, I want that precize anchor point to be selected and
“magnetized”, not the near vicinity. What kind of reasoning went
into that daft decision?!

Yves Peters's picture
Joined: 7 Nov 2002 - 11:00am

I have the impression I haven’t made myself entirely clear about
what exactly I meant, so please bear with me while I try to explain
it in a better way. From the Illustrator Help File:

When dragging objects, the Snap to Point command helps you
align your cursor with anchor points and guides in the document
window. Snapping occurs when the cursor is within 2 pixels of
the point or guide.
Important: Snapping alignment depends on the position of the
cursor, not the edges of the dragged object.

To snap to anchor points and guides:

1. Choose View > Snap to Point. A check mark indicates that
snapping is turned on.

2. Select the object you want to move.

3. Position your cursor on the exact point you want to align with
anchor points and guides, and hold down the mouse button.
For example, if you want to align the corner point of a rectangle
with a guide, click down exactly on the corner point.

4. Drag the object to the desired location. When your cursor
comes within 2 pixels of an anchor point or guide, it snaps to
the point.
The pointer changes from a filled arrowhead to a hollow arrowhead
when a snap occurs.

Yves Peters's picture
Joined: 7 Nov 2002 - 11:00am

Now point 3 is utter bollocks when it comes to text anchor points.
When I want to have the anchor point of the text snapping to an
anchor point of an object, I click the text object anchor point,
drag it till it snaps to that anchor point. One would assume that
both text anchor point and “snap-to point” are then positioned
perfectly on top of each other. BUT when I enlarge it appears
that this is never the case, even if I try at 6400%!

If I try it the other way round and drag an object by its anchor
towards the anchor point of the independent text object, it does
not snap. So this means text anchor points have completely lost
their “magnetic” abilities! For what reason? It worked fine and it
was a really helpful feature. :-(

David Maloney's picture
Joined: 9 Sep 2003 - 11:00am

I did some reading on this in Adobe’s forums.
Other people are pretty upset about it too and
it doesn’t seem like there is much of a fix yet.

The way it works is that the arbitrary place in
which you click your cursor inside an object is
the spot that snaps to guides, not the outside
bounds of the object itself. So, short of
grabbing as close to the edge of an object or
text unit as you can, there isn’t much you can
do with Snap to Guides.

Try turning on the Snap to Grid. That is the only
way I could get what you are attempting to work.

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