Is anyone else having trouble moving objects between layers by simply dragging the right-hand dot to a new layer? CS6 won't let me drag the dot on any kind of selected art from any kind of file I've tried.....and I've found no forum question about it yet (which seems odd...I do this all the time!)
But method #2 doesn't work at all for me. In fact, the cursor doesn't even change when I mouse over the selected-art indicator dot.
Oh, yes, I should have mentioned I'm on Windows 7.
...I just moved from Windows CS4 to CS6, and I seem to remember in that version, the cursor changed from an arrow to a pointing hand cursor when you moused over the selected-art dot....I could be imagining that...
I see....But, the main point of the question is still that, as far as I know, Windows 7 users of CS6 are not able to drag the layer dot of selected artwork to move it to a new layer. Right now, I'm having to select artwork and change its layer either by cutting it and pasting in place to a new target layer or collecting it to a new layer....a relatively minor annoyance...
Oh, No you can drag from a different part of the layer or object item in the layers panel it is not necessary to grab the dot look: You just start dragging and then it chages to a Hand tool with a lyer icon (dotted rectangle) next to it.
Does show up on a screenshot looik at the video
Aha! I see now what's going on........thanks for the video. But, the issue seems to be that Adobe has changed the behavior of that selected-art dot in the Layers panel since CS4 depending on the display preferences of the Layers panel.
I almost always work with a compact display showing only small Layers in the panel and hiding thumbnails, groups, and objects.
In CS4, when you selected artwork, its dot appeared next to its current layer, but even with a compact display, you could drag the dot.
In CS6, you can change the Layer Panel Options' Row Size to small, but you cannot check the box labeled "Show Layers Only" if you want to drag the dot to move artwork among layers.......
One of the new features in Illustrator CS 6 is that you can change the name of a layer by double clicking the name in tha layers panel and change the name without a dialog opening up the name can be changed in the layers panel directly so that might be part of the issue but if you noticed in my video I can drag the selection square to another layer and i can drag a layer to a different position as well by dragtging the selection square. In CS 4 the cursor was a hand but now it is an arrow, that might be a bug but it for me on a mac still behaves the same and can still drag the objects and layers.
The option to show only layers is still there
I'm having a similar issue. I can drag the colored square to a new layer as long as the object I'm moving is selected with the black selection arrow. But if I use the white direct selection arrow on a part of a compound shape I cannot move the dot. This is one of my favorite maneuvers in CS5 so I'm annoyed it won't work in 6.
I am able to move layers or layer content between layers by moving the "selected-art indicator" (the meatball) in Windows 7 running AI CS6 on a 64-bit computer. The only time I ran into a problem like this was when I'd accidental locked the "move-to" layer. I this isn't your problem, could you provide more info?
Good suggestion, but the layer I want to drag to is unlocked. In this attached image the triangle is part of a compound shape. It's the "counter" in the bigger shape around it. Like the hole of a donut. In cs5 I could select it with the direct selection tool and drag it to a new layer. In CS6 the little blue square won't budge.
If I use the regular selection tool, the black arrow, I can move the whole compound shape to the layer below with the blue square no problem.
My issue is very niche I understand. I may just have to find a workaround.
I'm on an iMac running Os 10.6.8
It seems to have something to do with "compound paths". If I select multiple items within a layer and drag the dot it works, but if I select anything that is part of a larger compound path, it doesn't work. I'm no Illustrator expert, so I'm not sure what is going on here, but it definately is hampering my productivity quite a bit. Adobe can you address this??
OK, I struggled with this for days... and then after realizing that it WAS working for a coworker who transfered her preferences when updating the software, I went back and tried a bunch of things and this worked for me:
Turn OFF Show Layers Only
Under the Thumbnails options check Layers, Groups and Objects in the Layers Panel Options window.
Unfortunetly you have to look at all the objects as well as the layers... but it worked!
Opene the New Document Profile that you use most often and make the changes in that document, then save. Do you know where these are located and an idea of the OS and version of Ai would be helpful.
Sorry, I'm running CS6, on Mac OSX 10.7.5. And no, if you could point me to that New Document Profile, I'd appreciate it. Now, in doing this, will this work for files that are sent to me from other people? Or will that just work for new documents that I create?
It will only work for those documents you create. The New Document Profiles are located in two places. First is HD/Users/<yourname>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS6/en_US/New Document Profiles. On OSX 10.7.5 this is a hidden folder so look here for instructions to make it visible
There are also copies in HD/Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS6/Adobe Illustrator CS6.app. Right Click and choose Show Package contents. In the Required folder is another copy of the New Document Profiles which are used to replace the ones in the Users folder if you do a reset of the Preferences. Make the changes to that document and save.
Thanks, Larry, but that doesn't really help. My personal files are already set so that I can move objects around between layers. I was hoping there would be a way to have any new file that is supplied to me set the same way. We are a prepress house so we don't usually build our own files. Oh well, maybe someday there will be a way! Thanks again!
Thanks for the various suggestions, but I am still haveing dishdesigner's orginal problem. Super frustrating as I use the "moving" the dot technique a lot in the work I do. Changing my layer panel options has not helped.
I also have the added issue that the icons for new layer, delete layer, etc at the bottom of the layers pallet come and go intermitently. Sometimes they are all there. More often, none of them are there until I mouse over. Sometimes, I just see the "new layer" icon, but not the "trashcan" icon, etc.
Any other ideas?
I'm on a Mac (10.8.2) and CS6 16.0.4
Just found this thread and it fixed my issues. THought it might help some of you, too if you haven't already found it:
Basically, there seems to be a relationship between how the layers pallet works and whether or not some specific fonts are activated. I did not beleive it but after activationg Verdana. all my layers palett issues went away
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