This past week one of our newest developers, Pauli, worked his magic with the editor by building us a brand new feature: alignment. While Pauli has been knee-deep in Tinkercad’s To-Do list, he was able to come up for air to share with you how this fantastic new feature functions. Take a read then give it go!
Hi, Pauli here! I’ve been working on an align tool this week and we just deployed it this morning, so I wanted to tell you more about it. Let us know what you think!
Here’s how it works…
- When you have multiple objects selected, a little menu button appears in the corner of the selection frame:
Click on the menu button to enter Align mode. In this mode, a group of lines and controls appear around the selection:
- When you move a mouse over a line, it is activated. A preview of the alignment is shown using “ghost copies” of the selected objects:
- It’s a bit trickier to show the aligment in the Z dimension, because we don’t want to have the grid lines obscuring the selection. Currently it looks like this — you get a preview of the alignment plane in red:
There is also an alternative interface to the Align tool. Shift-click on the Align button to open a popup that shows the alignment possibilities. The labels have mouseovers so that you get the preview of where the objects would end up:
- The direct UI is clearly preferable for most situations, though!