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Chapter 7. More Production Tools > Director's tidying tools

Director's tidying tools

Director has a number of features that provide greater control over the display and placement of graphic elements on the Stage. Since they all add up to a cleaner, more consistent look, I call them the tidying tools.

The Guides and Grid submenus

If you've worked with page layout programs such as PageMaker or QuarkXPress, you're familiar with guides and grids. A grid is a set of squares (usually invisible) that keep things tidy by exerting a sort of gravitational field: Things near the grid tend to snap to its lines, thereby making items adhere to an underlying order. Guides, new to Director 8, allow you to set specific locations for horizontal and vertical guide lines. As with the grid, you can have sprites snap to the lines.


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