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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:32 am 
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I posted a Feature Request for there to be the option to draw perfect circles and squares as a subset of ellipses and rectangles.
As an interim solution, this works ..... I will use a square as the basis for explaining.

(1) Draw your 'square' (probably best to use the outline rectangle icon). Unless you are very lucky, it won't be a perfect shape with all four sides being equal.
(2) Check it's actual dimensions by using the SIZE data under the appropriate thumbnail in the OBJECTS column on the right of the screen.
(3) Highlight the thumbnail and use the TRANSLATION tool to push or pull to 'handles' for the shape in the editor.
(4) Watch what happens to the SIZE DATA. Depending upon what direction you are pushing or pulling, one of the figures will change. When they are BOTH THE SAME, you know that your shape is exactly the same width and height.
(5) Make sure you are watching the SIZE data and NOT the POSITION data

The above tip is very useful if, say, you want to draw perfectly symmetrical wheels which will be rotated about their centre.
As Youri has explained, there are keypresses to find this point, but for me, by far the fastest way to find the centre of any chosen and highlighted shape or group of shapes is to quickly dab D and then T.


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