I am working on a 34 page document which identical. I need to edit transparency on on a curve on page 1, 7, 14, 21, 28 - then the same on different curve on 2, 8. 15, 22, 29 and so on. Yes I know about layers but in this situation working with 32 layers in Coreldraw....... shoot me first!! Shame Coreldraw doesn't have a simple drop down menu for layers like AutoCAD.
Its neon that has sections fading in and out.
Just so I understand...
Are you working with ~12 shapes on a page, on 34 pages - and so you need to edit the transparency of ~12 x 34 = ~408 shapes?
Hi Eskimo.....so sorry for the late reply, we've been very busy. I went ahead an edited each object one by one.
I am spoiled by AutoCAD. If I was doing this in AutoCAD I would create as many layers as I want as I mentioned layers are a simple dropdown menu, and view and hide them easily. AutoCAD is not a graphics program and CorelDraw is not a CAD program...alas.
I wish CorelDRAW had an easy way to measure point to point without using the dimension tool.
Oh well... one can dream, yes?
Thanks again for your reply and sorry I didn't get back sooner!
For the specific task you initially described, I think that there could be some ways to do it programmatically, e.g., using VBA macro subs.
I'm thinking of something where you would assign names to the different objects, and then use macros to set the transparency by object name and page. So, something like, "For Shape 1, set the transparency to 90% on Page 1, 80% on Page 2, 70% on Page 3, 60% on Page 4,..."
Even if it took 408 lines of code to do that, it might be faster to set up - and easier to plan things out - than doing it all manually in CorelDRAW.
One could also imagine a macro that would import a text file with that information, with each line of the text file containing all of the transparency information for a given object. So, the line for "Shape 1" might look like:
Shape 1, 90, 80, 70, 60, ...
With that approach, you could build different versions just by editing a text file and running the macro again. The text file could come from a spreadsheet, too, and so give you spreadsheet tools for editing it.
Just an idea; it's not a type of work that I have ever tried to do.
For measurement, I have a macro that can measure the distance between two parallel guidelines: #17: Macro - "Guides Distance".
That doesn't measure point-to-point distances, but something like that could certainly be done. There may already be macros available to do that; I've never looked.
Thanks for that, this sounds logical however I'm not that adept with coding. If I ever need to do this again it seems to me that CorelDRAW is not the answer. I will look for animation software, or as I use AutoCAD I can do solid fills and set transparencies which might be easier with AutoCAD's layer management.