Thanks for the clarification!
The updated version in XD from the July update sort of now supports this.
However it's functionality is not the same, and still lacking. When we "Paste Appearance" it will paste the image to that new shape, which is great. However it will also paste all attributes of that shape to the new one (ie: Border, Shadow, Color, etc.). Additionally there's no way to just cut the image or unmask from that shape?!?
So as of now, it's still multiple steps, clicks, image imports, etc. To do something you can do in InDesign fairly quickly.
That works when initially dragging images from a folder or the web into the shape.
However once you have images already being used in your canvas, or in used in a shape, you have to take multiple steps to re-use the image in a different shape.
As an example, I have a photo of a person masked in a rectangular shape and want to use it in a circular shape. Currently I would have to cut the image from the rectangular shape, select the circular shape and re-mask the image.
If you're familiar with InDesign you can just copy/cut & paste into the shape. In other words it eliminates the extra step of having to mask. In theory both XD and InDesign treat it as a mask of sorts.
I’ve updated the title and the description to reflect the feedback.
Yes the current distribute does distribute edges evenly based on pixel spacing. However it doesn't distribute them a specified "precise" pixel value that you can determine (ie: Like InDesign or Illustrator).
As an example if I have a few different items that I can't use the repeat grid for, and need to space them out evenly... say every 15pixels, it will take longer and more work, than just having that feature and doing it in one click.
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I think what Chase is referring to is how Photoshop handles zoom.
If I hold CTRL + Space Bar (Windows Shortcut), I can use my mouse by clicking and moving left and right to zoom smoothly, and fast to any zoom percentage.
Currently many users don't use a track pad. Using a marque selection is a slower multi-step process to zoom. Using the mouse wheel to zoom also isn't nowhere as fast as the Photoshop process mentioned above.
You can direct select elements by holding CMD when clicking on items that are part of groups. Marquee selecting anchor points is landing very soon, so that you could select parts of your rectangle. Do you expect a different behavior? Did I understand your request right? Thanks for your feedback.
The CMD clicking on an item isn't very well documented. I didn't even know that existed and was going to request a "Direct Selection" tool similar to InDesign & Illustrator.
I still feel that having an independent "Direct Selection" tool works better than one "Selection" tool. Also having the ability to directly select multiple bezier points of multiple shape is greatly needed.
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