Help get this topic noticed by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Text Box Boundary

When I place and subsequently click on an image, the 'image box' is the same size as the image - FINE.
When I place text, the 'text box' is the size of the full preview window - BAD. Why? If the 'text box' was the same size as the text it would be a LOT easier to move it around and resize it. Sometimes the available font sizes are not the right size for what I want so I use the 'stretch' points on the 'text box', but as they are already at the edge of the preview window, they immediately 'go out of view'.
Also, by being the window size, you have less flexibility to position the text without going off-screen, AND clicking just about anywhere on the window selects the 'text box' not the actual image that I am clicking on.
1 person has
this question
+1
Reply
  • Hi Laurie-

    Do you have the whole screen maximized?

    You can resize the preview window by placing your cursor on either the right side or bottom (below the controls) of the window until you see a double arrow symbol and then clicking and dragging.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • Here is a screen grab.I have highlighted a text box and you can see that its grab points are in the corner of the preview screen and bear no relationship to the actual size of the 'text' itself
    Also note that the bottom 2 grab points are off-screen and so it is effectively impossible to use them. If the box was the same size as the text (like when selecting an image) there would be no issue at all
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • You can hover your mouse over one of the corners until you see the diagonal symbol and then click and hold to move it to resize the text window. You can click and hold on the text window and move it wherever you want it.

    Also, if you have the red positioning line on the effect and the Effect Palette open, you will see the properties of the effect. You can set the size of the box in the Scale options, set it's Position, etc. I prefer to use the mouse.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • I think you have missed the point here.
    In the above image, if I hover over either of the top two grab points, then yes I can resize from the edge of the image, but I CAN'T get to the bottom two grab points because the (excessivley large) 'text box' is outside the preview window (which it wouldn't be if the text box was the same size as the actual text). The only way to resize from the bottom is to move the 'text box' up... but if you have resize the 'text box' to be larger than the window (ie so that the font is a big bigger) then you have to downsize the 'text box' first.
    None of this would be an issue if the 'text box' was the same size as the actual text. I just don't understand why the 'text box' has to be so large and consequently not practical.

    With regards the red line. If one has zoomed in, then positioning the line is not an issue. The problem starts when looking at the bigger picture with a full timeline (of say 5 or more minutes and images of second duration) then the initial positioning becomes an issue. This is obviously a case where I will have to pre-zoom first then position the timeline. Just a bit annoying because the zoom button doesn't centre on the timeline pointer
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • As I mentioned, you can click and hold on any part of the text box and move it. Doesn't matter whether or not you resized it.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • Laurie,

    Your comments have reminded me of the difficulty of determining the proper font size since the scaling of the text changes when the "Done" button is clicked as shown here:



    The font size was set so that the text is as wide as the purple rectangle. When the "Done" button was clicked, the text shrinks!
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • Yeah, I was going to mention that then thought 'not now, too many whinges already', but that is an annoying aspect and makes the simple task of adding/editing text to fit in a defined area any annoying task. I try to pick a font size that reasonably fills the area (based on previous guesswork) and then often use the 'text box' resize grab points to get it to fit properly. Hence the original complaint about the 'text box' bearing no physical relationship to the actual text and so just making the whole task more painful .
    Once again, fundamental flaws in the program that have been there forever (AFAIK) yet new fandangled features override making the program 'perfect' :(
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned