On 7/31/05, Elwin Estle <chrysalis_reborn@...> wrote:
> Is there some way to turn off the "smooth" or "symmetrical" (I am thinkin=
g it is smooth),
> default which appears to occur when dragging a second handle out from a b=
Just convert it to cusp. Press Shift+C or a button in the toolbar.
> It is exasperating. I just get a curve positioned the way I want, and ne=
ed to do
> something on an adjacent curve, but when I drag out a handle..."sproinnng=
gggg" there goes
> my carefully positioned first curve, then I have to unlock the handles wi=
> corner", reposition my first curve (again), and then move on to the secon=
You can do it faster by using Undo :)
The reason for this behavior is simple: When a path is created e.g. by
freehand drawing, most of its nodes have collinear handles. I assume
that when editing, you want to preserve this collinearity more often
than not - that's my experience and the experience of several users I
know. Making a node a corner changes the character of the path in a
much more drastic way than just nudging or rotating that node, and
this is usually needed only for a few nodes, while the majority should
remain collinear. Because of that, I made the Node tool to treat all
nodes whose handles are collinear as smooth, i.e. to bind their
handles so that they are rotated together.
Before that change, I typically had to dp Ctrl+A in node tool (to
select all nodes) and Shift+S to make them all smooth before starting
to edit the path. Now, if you really need cusp nodes more often than
smooth, you can do the reverse: Ctrl+A, Shift+C. Both behaviors have
their problems, but I think my case is more common than yours :)
> Also, a few times I have mistakenly made a handle where I didn't want one=
. Is there a
> way to "return" the handle to the node?
> Why do things slow down so much when I zoom in on a curve? =20
Our renderer is particularly slow on stroked paths in zoom-in.
Hopefully this will be fixed when we switch to Cairo (a new renderer).
Inkscape. Draw Freely.