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Choose reference / anchor point for transform origin and X, Y display

Being able to change the reference point from the upper-left to center or lower right or whathaveyou is so useful in other Adobe apps. Having to do everything with top-left x/y is a pain when trying to position objects by their center.

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  • Naranja Mecanica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Now exporting assets is available, it would be killer to be able to set the pivot point with each asset so we can use this information directly in our app.

  • Satomi Shishido commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


  • Melody commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like this to be available for artboards as well. Frequently top left is not the desire transform (for example adding or removing a header is painful for a long artboard, where all contents must be shifted upward, especially in a project with many artboards. Even dragging from the top of the artboard does not alter this behavior.

  • Hafez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, again I have to bring up, why didn't Adobe leverage their complete and total knowledge or palettes/tools from Illustrator or Photoshop or InDesign, which are amazing—and again I have to sound like a jerk because I can't help myself in writing about how bad of a start this is a to a product that Adobe should be amazing at building when you look at the rest of the products in their portfolio. Very sad indeed for me.

  • Sarah Mitterrutzner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem is, that some distances aren't visible.

    In Design Specs we would like to have a measuring tool, where we can measure the spaces between 2 elements manually.
    Would it be possible to insert any kind of ruler, to find out the distances (in px).

    In attachement you find an example of the related question.

  • Gary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Measurement Guide boxes should appear between adjacent objects. I'm tired of moving an object and having measurements spaces light up in areas no where near the object I'm moving

  • Karin Hagelstrom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be a huge improvement to have the reference keypoint tool, the same as in InDesign. The tool is very useful.

  • Souheil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ability to manually drag an object's anchor point. Sometimes you want to rotate or enlarge objects from a certain location, it is useful to be able to place that anchor point wherever you need it. Just like in Illustrator or InDesign.

  • Benjamin Watkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 When working in development environments with center center origins, this is critical. Thanks so much for this awesome tool! XD is the bomb.

  • Tomás commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 It's a must have. I currently have to spend extra time aligning elements properly because we lack this feature.

  • Dan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 This is essential. I don't really see any pro to leave this out, only cons. Lead's to very slow workflows manually re-aligning things by eye instead of using the numerics pad

  • Steve Holmes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When changing the size of an item numerically in the dialog box, we know that the ability to constrain proportions is something you're working on — but what I am finding frustrating is not being able to set the anchor point (top left, top center, top right, center left, center, center right, etc) like in the other Adobe apps. Going to the trouble of having to manually re-center elements each time they are resized numerically is time-consuming

  • Aaron Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In Illustrator you can select the axis upon which an object rotates. When designing metric visualizers and other tools I need dials and other elements to rotate around a specific point. Being able to select this rotation point would be extremely helpful.

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 for adding a reference point (origin for transformations). A major feature that Sketch overlooked. I use it constantly in Illustrator for manipulating objects, and it'd be really nice to see in XD.

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