having used CS3 before, I've recently bought the CS6 package. I set all Preference settings they way they were in CS3 but I'm having difficulties moving a selected object in precise orthogonal (or diagonal) orientation. I'm used to seeing an "origin" alignment aid when I drag the object, usually at 0, 45, 90 or 180 degrees to its original position. This doesn't happen anymore in CS6, instead I get a myrad of alignment options to any other objects of anchors in sight, but not the important "origin" one. The same problem exists with the rotation tool - when I want to rotate an object quickly by 90 or 180 degrees, in CS3 I could just use the rotation tool and it would "click" into origin positions at 90 or 180 degrees. In CS6 I get an small window showing me the exact rotation degree, but to me it's pretty useless to know that I've just rotated the object by 179.6 degrees, but I can't get to the exact 180.
I am aware that I couold always use the Transformation option and enter a precise value of either moveemnt or rotation, but for simple actions it was much quicker to use a select and drag or select and rotate tool.
The pen tool is slightly better with the "origin" alignment aid, but still I get a lot more unwanted alignment options than before in CS3, distracting from quick and precise positioning of anchor points.
I do a lot of quite technical drawing, more akin to CAD than "free" illustration, but never had such a problem with Illustrator in CS3.
Is there a way to set up CS6 so it behaves the way I'm used to?
Thanks, and bugger! I had no idea Smart Guides were changed that much - if it ain't broke, why fix it?
I've now read somthing about pressing teh shift key will bring up movement alignment in 45 degree increments. Pretty clumsy, as I often have the Alt key pressed as well when copying objects accross severy layers. I have Shift and Alt as the two buttons on the pen of my Intuos pad - I don't think I can press both at the same time (and even if I could it just makes things really awkward)...
Oh and btw. when I asked the question I wasn't aware that I was on a user forum - I thought I was writing to Adobe's customer service team! They did really well at disguising the path of getting in touch with them and thus making you guys do the work for them!
So sorry for not having much of a forum ettiquette in my very first posting.
Just a general comment: Smart guides were changed and considerably improved. I don't think it's appropriate to say they "were wrecked".
There is much room for further improvements, but if one really thinks the new smart guides were wrecked, then please do compare (all) the capabilities of the old and the new smart guides.
Pressing Ctrl does absolutely nothing...but the Shift key operation is working quite well, even though I still think it is a bit cumbersom having to press an extra button when doing the operation.
One thing this hasn't resolved though is that when moving an object other paths and anchor points don't flash up when I move my "grip point" over them. It used to be easy to move object A with one of its corner/anchor points precisely onto a path of anchor point of object B, but not so anymore. Is there a way to get CS6 to still do that?
Thanks a lot for your help!