[nbos] [FM] FM8 z-order features?Hans Dykstra Wed Apr 4th, 2007
I've probably missed this, or maybe I'm just missing stuff in the current version, but I'd really like to see better tools for manipulating z-order. The only things I've been able to find are the Send to Back/Front (and equivalent in the API), which is a rather crude tool to use if all I want to do is switch the order of two objects without affecting their order relative to everything else.
I understand that the "layers" in FM are not intended for this purpose, but there is some overlap here too. Certain objects, like coastlines and terrain, need to be behind other objects, like cities and roads.
So here are some features I'd like to see. Not all are necessary, but they'd be nice. Some may be implementable with the current API, but it might be nice to have a shortcut menu item for them.
Forward/Back One: Move the selected object forward or back one in the z-order. Probably only enabled if there is only one selected object.
Bring Together At Top/Bottom: If multiple objects are selected, make them appear together in the z-order, without changing their relative order. For example, if I'm making a mountain range with symbols, and the symbols aren't all added at the same time, they become scattered in z-order, which makes manipulating their z-order harder. At Top means the topmost item retains its z-order, and the others are moved in order behind it. At Bottom means the bottommost item retains its z-order, and the rest of them are moved in order in front.
Layer To Front/Back: Moves all items on the currently selected layer to the front/back. This could probably already be done by selecting everything on the layer, but a shortcut that does this without affecting the current selection could be helpful.
Layer Together At Top/Bottom: Similar to Bring Together, but it operates on the current layer without having to affect the current selection.
Select Topmost/Bottommost: If there are multiple objects selected, find the topmost/bottommost item, clear the selection and the reselect only the topmost/bottommost. You could then use Forward/Back to move that item where you want it, reselect the desired items, and use Bring Together or Layer Together to move the whole set.
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