Re: [nbos] [FM] FM8 z-order features?
Wed Apr 4th, 2007
For work around see the "Layer Order" threads on this list.

On 4/4/07, Hans Dykstra <> wrote:
> 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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