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Hi guys After a little info about a certain technique here. I have a group of objects, and want a thcker line just on the outer. Traditionally I would create a copy, unite all the paths, and expand the outer stroke, before adding to the back of the original to get the effect. I opened up FH on a mac today and wow.... what a completely different program it is. Us poor PC chumps miss out.. Anyway, I noted that FH can do group strokes on a Mac. Is there a similar function on the PC version, otherwise what is ...

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    Hi guys

    After a little info about a certain technique here. I have a group of objects,
    and want a thcker line just on the outer. Traditionally I would create a copy,
    unite all the paths, and expand the outer stroke, before adding to the back of
    the original to get the effect.

    I opened up FH on a mac today and wow.... what a completely different program
    it is. Us poor PC chumps miss out..

    Anyway, I noted that FH can do group strokes on a Mac. Is there a similar
    function on the PC version, otherwise what is a good alternate method?

    Cheers guys

    Oli-G Guest

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    Oli-G wrote:
     

    Are you comparing two different version of FH? FHMX on both platforms has
    identical group-level attributes.

    You do have to group the objects first, if you want a group-level stroke.

    Just a word of caution about group-level attributes. If you have a large
    number of objects in a group, FHMX does a sometimes sloppy auto-trace before
    applying the attribute. It can get really ugly on text converted to paths,
    for example.

    I still prefer the traditional method of clone/union/apply stroke for
    superior control and no loss of attributes if the objects need to be
    ungrouped.

    Judy Arndt

    Judy Guest

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    Thanks for the fast reply Judy.

    Yeah FHMX on both platforms, but on PC anything I apply to a group is
    automatically applied to each individual path within. I noticed the mac version
    has infinetly better control over fills also, wondering why the PC port missed
    much of this?

    Anyway, might stick with the ole faithful method, cheers!

    Oli-G Guest

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    Default Re: Group stroke

    I have not seen group attributes applied to all sub objects on my FHMX/PC.

    How does the mac version have better control over fills? In what way does it differ?

    --
    Bill
    FHMXa/WinXP/Athlon2500+/1GB

    On Wed, 25 May 2005 08:13:45 -0700, Oli-G <com> wrote:
     

    Bill Guest

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    Default Re: Group stroke

    Ah, you got in too quick. I negated to check that Freehand MX wasn't included
    in Studio MX (which I have) for some reason, but instead an earlier version.
    The fills I was referring to were the dynamic direction handles over the
    artwork, cones, contours displaying much much better, multiple fills etc.

    Oli-G Guest

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