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Cross (diagonal lines) inside of a rectangle?

Oct 19, 2010 1:55 AM

In my wireframes, images are usually represented with a rectangle with a cross inside of it. Doing this manually for every image consumes a lot of time.

 

Is there a quick and clean way of doing this in Fireworks?

 

Thank you!

 
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:14 AM   in reply to firstklaas\\

    Draw first a rectangle, and then the diagonal lines on top of it to create a rectangle with a cross in it. With both the rectangle and cross selected choose Modify > Combine Paths > Join. Once the paths are joined, and with the new joined object selected, choose Modify > Symbol > Convert to Symbol. Choose the Graphic symbol option, and check the Save to Common Library option. The object will dissappear from the document window, but appear in the Common Library panel. Whenever you need a rectangle with a cross in it, you'll be able to drag one from the Common Library panel. Because it's still a vector object, you can resize/scale it at will.

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 3:58 AM   in reply to Linda Nicholls

    John Dunning just released a 'Placeholder' SmartShape a few days ago that will accomplish exactly what your looking for.

     

    Download here - http://www.johndunning.com/fireworks/about/Placeholder

     

    Nice details Linda

     

     

    h

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:09 AM   in reply to heathrowe

    Awesome! Why doesn't anyone tell me these things? :-)


     
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:26 AM   in reply to firstklaas\\

    Try just grouping them instead of joining them.


     
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:50 AM   in reply to Linda Nicholls

    ~Linda :twitter is handy to keep up to date

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 5:04 AM   in reply to heathrowe

    I don't like twitter. :-( One of the challanges of living in Australia is that most messages from friends in the US are gone by the time I wake up, and vice versa.

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 5:38 AM   in reply to Linda Nicholls

    Your welcome, firstklass.

     

    I'm the same way Linda, it could be days between logging into twitter (I use Tweetdeck) but the search feature allows you to see the 'past' items. Thats how I keep up to date.

     

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    Oct 19, 2010 5:54 AM   in reply to firstklaas\\

    Make a symbol and save it to the common Library. Then just drag and drop it whenever you need it.

     

    Jim Babbage

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:01 AM   in reply to Jim_Babbage

    Jim_Babbage wrote:

     

    Make a symbol and save it to the common Library. Then just drag and drop it whenever you need it.

     

    Jim Babbage

    I learned that from one of Jim's video's @ lynda.com

     

    Very easy to do.

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:05 AM   in reply to heathrowe

    Oops, I totally forgot about that one. It is great!

     

    Jim Babbage

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:58 AM   in reply to Nando Vieira

    Thanks John. John Dunning's placement  shape is much more elegant and will no doubt be getting face-time in my next training release.

     

    Jim Babbage

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:29 AM   in reply to Linda Nicholls

    Linda, you can also track the latest extension releases via my RSS feed: http://johndunning.com/fireworks/feed

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 8:33 AM   in reply to Jim_Babbage

    Jim_Babbage wrote:

     

    John Dunning's placement  shape is much more elegant and will no doubt be getting face-time in my next training release.

     

    The Placeholder auto shape is excited about being in a video, but also worried it needs to lose a few pounds before its big debut.

     
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:38 PM   in reply to John Dunning

    LOL well not to worry - there will be plenty of time. As long as you're ok with medoing this. :-)

     
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