What is Position Relative To?


#1

What is “Position Relative To…” (in pre-5 versions) supposed to do? I haven’t got it working in any reasonable manner.


#2

What do you mean with “Position Relative To…”?

Do you mean the dx and dy output in the status bar?
It works similar to the v5 output. But space-bar does not use the grid so it is harder to set the “user origin”(*) exactly where you want it. And in v5 the output does always give you the distance between nearest grid point to your cursor relative to the “user origin” grid point.

* i think this is what you called it in another thread


#3

Sorry about being inexact. It’s in an board item’s context menu, next to “Move Exactly”. It opens a dialog which I have tried to use but it moves items in strange places and I haven’t found any logic.


#4

I believe it lets you move relative to the object’s current location.

In v5 you can select what it is relative to (page origin, grid origin, aux origin, or current location).


#5

Those can be done with Move Exactly tool, but this one lets you select some point (actually an item) in the board. However, I haven’t found any logic in that with my experiments.


#6

It does seem to move the center of the selection to the coordinate relative to the reference point.
It would be a bit more useful if one could control the second reference point as well. Or if it would at least take the footprint origin for when you selected a single footprint.