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Understanding the Anchor (main) Shape Function

Nevron Draw is a powerful diagram designer with a large set of functionalities that allows you to arrange your shapes any way you like. To make this kind of operations even easier the developers of Nevron Draw have created a differentiation between the shape, marked as Anchor (main) Shape and the rest of the selected shapes.

What does the Anchor (main) Shape do?

The Anchor (main) Shape’s position and size are used as a source of information by Nevron Draw and when you request an action (such as align or resize) to be completed, it is all done based on the Anchor (main) Shape.

How to understand which one of all the shapes you have selected is considered the Anchor (main) Shape?

This will be the shape surrounded by pink squares (all other shapes will have green squares when selected.

Why do you want to know which is the Anchor (main) Shape?

The Anchor (main) Shape is not a constant shape – it is simply the last shape you have chosen. Knowing and being able to choose which one to be your Anchor (main) Shape could be really handy when applying several functionalities while creating your diagrams. It can also make the process of working with Nevron Draw way easier and quicker. Here is the list of those functionalities:

When grouping shapes

Let’s say you have several shapes one on top of the other. If you would like to group them, you need to make sure the order you select them in, is exactly the order you would like them to. First select the shape you would like at the back and then while holding the “Ctrl” key work your way up. Last one selected should be the shape which will be on top. If you have made a mistake selecting them or simply selected them all together at once by dragging the mouse, you might not get the desired result and some shapes might be sent behind the others.

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Group shapes


When subtracting shapes

To apply this functionality you should make sure the shape you will be subtracting from is selected as a Anchor (main) Shape. If you don’t see pink squares around the desired shape, simply hold the Ctrl key and deselect it once and then select it again. If you try to subtract one shape from another and not have the correct Anchor (main) Shape selected, you’ll either get a wrong result or no result at all (depends on shape positioning).

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Subtract shapes


When aligning shapes

The Anchor (main) Shape functionality comes particularly handy when you try to align several shapes either horizontally or vertically. If you’re happy with the position of one specific shape in your diagram and you’d like to align all the rest of the shapes to this specific one, simply select it last (this will make it the Anchor (main) Shape).

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Align shapes


When resizing shapes

If you happen to have several shapes with different sizes and would like to make them all equal the Anchor (main) Shape functionality is a real life saver. Simply select the shape with the size you consider perfect last – this will make it the Anchor (main) Shape and all other shapes will convert to its size.

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Resize shapes