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  • License: Shareware
  • Last update: 6 years ago
  • Total downloads: 477
  • Price: 19.00 to buy | | BUY the full version
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
  • Publisher: Nineblock Software
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If you work with curves in Illustrator, you need BetterHandles

If you work with curves in Illustrator, you need BetterHandles:

* Select multiple handles, and collectively move, extend, rotate, or retract them
* Extend or retract handles without changing their angles
* Copy and paste handles
* Edit points numerically: anchor, in handle, out handle
* Convert multiple points from corner to smooth or vice versa
* Automatically extend new handles on multiple points
* Intuitively reshape path segments, optionally constraining handle directions
* Use slow-drag to divide the cursor movement for extremely precise moves
* Equalize a point's handles
* Add points to multiple curves at their horizontal and/or vertical tangencies
* Split multiple paths at one or more points
* Close multiple open paths, retaining endpoint handles or not
* Remove one or more points, keeping the curve as close to the original as possible
* Work with connector points (transitions between straight and curved segments)
* Remove all redundant points on multiple paths
* Snap to handles, points, or paths clearly and easily — without having to use Smart Guides

What's New in This Release:

* Now fully compatible with Illustrator CS5 on both platforms
* New feature: Smart Remove points will attempt to keep the shape of the curve as close as possible to the original after removing one or more points from the path
* New feature: You can now add automatically add points to the currently selected path(s) at their horizontal and vertical tangencies
* New feature: Connector points (points between straight segments and curved segments) can be recognized and their handles automatically kept in alignment
* New feature: You can now automatically close all selected open paths, optionally honoring any existing endpoint handles
* Improvement: With Smart Guides off, the snap radius for anchor points and handles now matches the value set in Illustrator Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display > Selection > Tolerance
* Improvement: After entering a new value in one of the single point fields on the palette, the tab key will automatically highlight the next field
* Improvement: When hovering over a path with the snapping ring enabled, a small arrow shows you the path's direction
* Improvement: The annotation text next to the red snapping ring now ghosts the background for better visibility
* Improvement: You can now use smaller, boxed-style annotation text
* Improvement: You can Command/Ctrl-click on the "Set Length" button (in Multi-Handle Mode) to remove the handles (make them length zero)
* Improvement: In CS3 and higher, the right bracket key is a shortcut for Smart Remove points (when anchor points are selected) or retracting handles (in Multi-Handle Mode)
* Improvement: A selection change with the BetterHandles tool no longer counts as an Undo
* Improvement: When dragging a point, both handles on adjacent points are shown instead of just the handles nearest the point
* Improvement: When mousing down on an unselected point or path, or adding a point to any path, the surrounding handles immediately become visible
* Improvement: A button now lets you select the first point of a path when none, or more than one, of its points are selected
* Improvement: When adding a point to a path, you can highlight and snap to the path's horizontal, vertical or diagonal tangencies
* Improvement: When docked and collapsed, the BetterHandles palette now displays a custom icon
* Improvement: When reporting selected path types, single-point paths are now listed separately from open and closed paths
* Improvement: The native Info palette now displays the cursor position when the BetterHandles tool is selected
* Improvement: When moving a single handle or anchor point, the handles on adjacent points (if any) are now shown
* Improvement: When a smooth point is selected, a "link" icon now appears in the BetterHandles palette between the "in handle" and "out handle" icons
* Improvement: Illustrator CS3 and higher's anchor point and direction handle size preferences are now respected when using the BetterHandles tool
* Improvement: When moving a handle and constraining its angle with the Option/Alt key or Shift key, the point can now be moved freely (instead of in a constrained manner) with the space bar
* Improvement: When "Allow anchor point dragging" is enabled, and Option/Alt-dragging a point has extended new handles, you can now release Option/Alt and continue to freely drag the handles
* Improvement: When shift-dragging points or handles, Illustrator's constrain angle is now honored
* Improvement: You can now select the handles on up to 4000 points simultaneously
* Improvement: Option/Alt-dragging over a path segment (when no points are selected) selects all of a path's segments
* Improvement: When extending a new handle from a point that has no handles, or from a corner point that has only one handle, the new handle will be initially constrained to the tangent direction of the path at that point rather than horizontally
* Improvement: The redundant point indicator is now bolder for better visibility
* Improvement: With Smart Guides on, dragged handles and anchor points now snap to automatically generated guidelines
* Bug fix: The redundant point indicator now shows up properly all the time (Windows versions)
* Bug fix: Shift-clicking on an anchor point (with the "Equalize handles" preference off) no longer selects/unselects points that lie directly under it

System Requirements:

В· Adobe Illustrator 10, CS, CS2 or CS3
. Mac OS 9 or later
Program Release Status: New Release
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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