How to equally distribute space between nodes in FL?

Eimantas Paškonis's picture

Well, the title says it all.
Illustrator has this function that equally distributes space between selected nodes.


And I can't seem to find one in FL5. Searched in the manual, in the internets - no luck.
That would save me lots of time without needing to measure space between nodes, divide it by 2 and then position third node in the middle manually.

ralf h.'s picture

All those alignment features are indeed missing. I just copy and paste it to Illustrator, make the adjustments there and copy it back again.
Make sure you have an Illustrator document that is compatible to your font metrics:
http://haikumonkey.net/2008/04/from-illustrator-to-fontlab/

blank's picture

Activate the ruler tool. Hold control, drag a ruler between the points, release the mouse button, and use the resulting pop-up window to create a guide 50% between the two points. Place the point on the guide and then delete the guide.

Or just write a robofab script that measures the selected path segment and inserts a point along the way.

Eimantas Paškonis's picture

Thats a good tip with a ruler - thanks!

Mel N. Collie's picture

Fog had the simplest and most flexible tool for this. Select one, two or x number of points, type cmmd-= and the reference point jumped to the middle of the selection.

To damn elegant for FL, I guess.

Karl Stange's picture

Fog = Fontographer
FL = FontLab

David, do you know if they retained that functionality in the latest version of Fontographer?

oldnick's picture

CorelDraw's solution is even more elegant: simply select a nodes with the Node Tool and hit the plus sign on the numeric keypad. CorelDraw inserts a perfectly centered node following the selected point based on contour rotation...

Mel N. Collie's picture

>David, do you know if they retained that functionality in the latest version of Fontographer?

Yes, cmmd-B.

Karl Stange's picture

Cool. Now, if only Adam would jump on and say that this had also been adopted for the no doubt imminent release of FL 5.05!

Mel N. Collie's picture

Why would they do that? How could they sell fog of FL does everything fog does?

hrant's picture

David:
1) Price difference.
2) People who never got comfy with FL and would like to go back home.

hhp

typerror's picture

#2 Yup!

oldnick's picture

3) There are simply some things FOG does better than FL.

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