What is the secret to getting the "move" dialog box in AI CS6 to move objects the distance and direction entered in the box?
I'm having that problem this very moment. When I change a value in one box, the values in the other boxes usually *don't* update. Then when I click preview, my object moves a semi-random disance in some semi-random direction. Occasionally it works right, but more often, it doesn't. Which makes this tool essentially unusable to me.
See screen capture below.
Using Illustrator CS6 (v16.0.0 64bit) on Win7-64 SP1.
I wanted to move a particular object 3" in a direction 30 degrees clockwise from right (330 degrees counterclockwise from right). I selected that object, opened the move menu, entered 3" and 330, hit tab. Then clicked the preview box on and off. Toggling preview showed that the object moved, but not in the way I had specified. Also note that the horizontal and vertical boxes do not reflect the distance/direction that I entered.
It's a group of vector polygons, with effects attached. I think rulers, transformation center, and preferences are similar to defaults. I'm not a skilled enough user to change much. I like inches, so I changed that. But otherwise, it's fairly bland. How do you reset the preferences?
I should also have mentioned that I'm using the 30-day trial version of Illustrator.
Just now, I opened up a new file, created a single rectangle, and was able to reproduce the problem. You can download the file through this link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0Hoxcl5zTEtT1dvR0RjMkFyRTQ/edit?usp=s haring
Recipe for problem:
- Open file
- Left click the black rectangle.
- Right click the rectangle, choose tansform->move
- Tab. Tab. 1. Tab. 30. Tab. (note that h/v boxes fail to update, and remain 0)
- Click preview
It seems to me that if you enter values in the horizontal and vertical boxes, the distance/direction boxes update appropriately, and the move works fine. However, if you enter values in the distance/direction boxes, the horizontal and vertical boxes generally do not update at all, then sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, the first set of distance/direction numbers work fine, but if you leave the move box open, then change those numbers, the h/v boxes then fail to update, and clicking preview just causes the object to move as for the previous settings, or to not move at all.