On 01/02/14 17:48, Joao S. O. Bueno wrote:

> Ok-  that was unfair of me -
> it is actually easy to do this with the align tool once one grasps one or
> two concepts of its operation. Took me less than 2 minutes.
> a) select the align tool on the toolbox.
> b) click on one of your layers
> c) Verify that alginement is related to "image" in the tool options
> d) click on the left arrow and on the up arrow, in the upper halff of
> the tool options dialog to have it positioned at the upper left corner
> of the canvas
> e) repeat b - d 3 more times for the other layers, replacing the arrow
> buttons as desired

This would be great, but...
I must be missing something; running 2.8.10 on fbsd.
When I click on the alignment buttons, nothing happens, and they don't change 
appearance on mouse-down or mouse-up.
I can't quite tell from the glyphs, but they look like they may be greyed out; 
least they are overall a lot lighter than most of the toolbox glyphs; they look 
like the bucket-fill tool.  The "Offset" text box is active and allows changes,
and the reset options does its thing.
No error messages that I can see.

Any ideas what would cause them to be inactive?
All other tools seem to work.

>> On 2 January 2014 21:38, Gary Aitken <g...@dreamchaser.org> wrote:
>>> Hi folks,
>>> Either I am blind or incompetent, maybe both... a hint would be much 
>>> appreciated:
>>> I wanted to set up a template for dealing with printing four images on a 
>>> sheet.
>>> I created an image the size of the sheet and then added four layers, each 
>>> of the
>>> desired image size which needed to be positioned appropriately.
>>> When I went to position the images, I could not find any reasonable way 
>>> with the
>>> move command or with any of the layer operations to position each layer 
>>> precisely.
>>> By that I mean simply type in the coordinates of the upper left corner, or 
>>> move
>>> with the mouse where I see a text version of the upper left coordinate of 
>>> the new
>>> layer position as I move.
>>> If trying to position using the mouse, the lower left of the status line 
>>> shows
>>> the position of the pointer itself, so that is useless in positioning the 
>>> layer
>>> as a whole; and the numbers to the right of the per-cent size display show 
>>> how
>>> much the layer has moved relative to its starting position, not the absolute
>>> position of the upper left corner.  (I'll grant that the latter is useful, 
>>> but
>>> in this case one needs something else, particularly if a layer has been 
>>> moved
>>> and needs to be repositioned to a fixed location.)
>>> The only way I could get what I wanted was to expand to 800%, and at that
>>> magnification I could grab the upper left corner with the mouse so the mouse
>>> position was itself the upper left corner position.
>>> Surely there's a better way?
>>> Layer/Layer to Boundary Size... does not appear to work as advertised.  The 
>>> offset appears
>>> to be relative to the original size of the layer, not the original size of 
>>> the image.
>>> The panner image is limited to the size of the layer, not the image.
>>> When you first bring up the dialog, you are unable to reposition the layer 
>>> unless you change
>>> the layer size to make the layer smaller.  If you make the layer half the 
>>> size of its original
>>> size and then click "Center", the offset is set to - 1/2 the size of the 
>>> original image,
>>> not + 1/2, which seems bizarre.  The layer is scaled properly, and ends up 
>>> where you
>>> would expect (based on the center command given, but not based on the 
>>> offsets indicated),
>>> but the values in the Offset boxes seem to have the wrong sign.  It works by
>>> moving the original layer relative to the desired new layer, rather than 
>>> position the new
>>> layer size relative to the image.  Which means you can't move the layer 
>>> relative to the image
>>> if the layer is smaller than the image, and the graphic panner doesn't show 
>>> you the layer
>>> position relative to the image as a whole.  It is not at all intuitive and 
>>> is not useful
>>> for quite a few common cases.
>>> Layer/Transform/Offset shifts the contents, but not the layer itself.  
>>> Which is what it
>>> is supposed to do, so that's ok; it's just not usable for this operation.

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