|As you know the single click-and-drag method of creating graduated fill and transparencies remains a key benefit of Xara Xtreme. We've now added the ability to push the fill (retaining the relative positions of the end points) within the shape. You can either just drag anywhere on the fill arrow - the whole arrow moves, or hold Shift while dragging. So now with a single click-drag you can set the start, end and angle, and another click re-position the fill as required.|
|||When dragging on the ends of the fill arrows (or transparency fill arrows) it now preserves the aspect ratio of the fill. Hold Shift to squash or skew the fill.|
|||It's now easier to find fill handles. In other words we've increased the hit radius when dragging near the ends of the fill arrows, making it less fiddly to adjust the ends.|
|This release is now fully operational under Windows Vista e.g. it can be used from non-Admin accounts (on both Windows XP and Vista).|
|||Holding down space bar now does a temporary switch into the Push tool.|
|||Plain numeric 1, 2, 3, 4 set the zoom to be 100% to 400%. Number 5 key sets it to be 50%.|
|||Ctrl+W closes the current document, as is becoming an industry standard.|
|Copying objects on your page is a very common operation when creating graphics, and Xtreme now makes this easier than ever before. In the Selector tool if you right-drag, then the object will not be moved but copied instead.
What's more, while dragging (with the right mouse button held down), each time you click the left button a copy of the dragged object is dropped at each click.
|To accompany the new easy ways of copying objects there's now an easier way to rotate objects without having to go into Rotate mode.
Whereas before, you had to click on an object with the Selector tool to toggle between resize mode and rotate mode, now if you're in resize mode (the normal mode) if you hold the mouse-pointer just inside the corner selection handles (see illustration) then the pointer changes to indicate that dragging will now rotate instead of resize.
So now you can resize and rotate all objects on the page without having to toggle between rotate and resize mode.
|Rounded corner rectangles can now be resized in the rectangle tool (including aspect ratio changes) while maintaining circular corners (resizing in the Selector tool will still permanently transform the corners so they are not circular, as before).|
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