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'Resizeable' text?

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 6:47 am    Post subject: 'Resizeable' text? Reply with quote

Can OOo do what CorelDraw does (or at least id did when i used it lastsome years ago) and allow text to be resized 'on the fly'?

If I use 'fit text to frame' and drag out a frame the text may not have it's correct proportions whereas if I use the plain text tool I have to manually fiddle with the font size to get it to look right.

Put simply, what I want to do is drop some text on a drawing and stretch it until it reaches the correct width AND maintains its true proportion (and remains editable!).


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fit text to frame seems to be the only way, but it's not too hard to get the proprtions right anyway.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using Draw to design press advertisements so text/fonts need to be precise. There must be a way.....
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, on the popup menu > Size & Position is there not a checkbox to maintain aspect ratio?
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish there were a "Keep Aspect Ratio" button, but there is not.

Perhaps you can make due with this....

1. Click the T (text) tool.
2. Click once in the drawing area and then release. (click-release. You get a blinking insertion point surrounded by a bounding box that just fits around it.)
3. Type in some text on a single line. (text shape boundary expands to fit text)
(with the insertion point still blinking....)
4. Format --> Text, then pick Text tab.
5. Uncheck
[_] Fit width to text
[_] Fit height to text
6. Check
[x] Fit to frame
7. Pick the center Text anchor button. (This may not be a necessary step, but I did it.)
8. Click OK. (dialog box is dismissed)

Now while holding down the SHIFT key to constrain the aspect ratio, resize the text by any of the handles. Continue holding SHIFT, and keep making resize adjustments to the text shape.

You can resize the height of the text, but since you're holding SHIFT, the width will resize accordingly.

You can resize the width of the text, but since you're holding SHIFT, the height will resize accordingly.

A checkbox to preserve the aspect ratio would be a nice enhancement.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny

Thank you that certainly does what I need - I just need to memorise that sequence. As you say, a button would be great...

Thanks again

Paul
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