> It seems like a little misunderstanding between us. I've only tried to
> discover whether I really overlooked a way to transform a path from its center
> without grouping it before and ungrouping it next.
> Because after some playing with FH and reading its manual I figured that the
> only way to transform something from its very center is 1) to make sure the
> object is grouped (if not, just group it alone with nothing else); 2) drag any
> corner handle with Alt pressed (thus scaling from the center, not from the
> opposite corner; Shift as always could be used to constraints proportions); 3)
> ungroup the path.
> It doesn't work with other ways of scaling because the pressed Alt key tells
> Freehand to make a scaled copy of the object rather then to scale the original
> itself from its center. Seems like an minor inconsistency ;-) BTW the Control
> key does nothing when scaling.
> I assume that there was an intention to keep the functions of modifier keys
> the same for every operation, and thus the Shift should constrain (and it
> always does), Alt should duplicate (and it does nearly always ;-) ), and
> Control should select whether to apply an operation from corner/edge or from
> the center (and it never does). May be a bug? Or am I wrong?
> Anyway I'm greatly appreciate your attention to my thorough investigations ;-)
> netdiver wrote:
>>> May be I should read the manual again, but I still didn't discover an easy
>> to scale any object from its center.
> I was going to tell you that yes, you should read the manual. You know what,
> I just went to FHMX Help files and can't find the information you need.
>> Suppose I have an arbitrary path, not a basic shape such as ellipse or
>> rectangle. To scale it from its center I first group it, then drag one of the
>> appeared corner handles with the Alt pressed, then ungroup it again. I know
>> that it's possible to do with the Scale tool avoiding the group/ungroup
>> but it requires me first to click to set the center of transformation, and
>> what if I need to scale exactly from center of the object?
> No, no. Don't drag from corners of groups.
> 1. Select your group.
> 2. Scale tool. Press Control-Shift (Mac), probably Alt-Shift (Win), and
> drag. The Control key tells the scale tool to scale from center.
> Judy Arndt