Object stretch and squeeze - sadly still missing... Why?

Rick-Harpenau wrote on 4/9/2023, 6:01 AM

Back about 5 or 6 versions, you were able to stretch and squeeze items. I've always been super bummed they took that option away.

I now have Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and I can still not able to stretch an object. Super bummed. Why was it taken away. it was so useful... ;-(

Seem like others are sad it is gone as well.



johnebaker wrote on 4/9/2023, 8:28 AM



Assuming you mean an image rather than an object - which has not changed in the way you can stretch/compress it, click the image a second time, not a double click, to switch to AR/Rotation mode.

@browj2 linked to the solution in response to your post here back in 2021.

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Rick-Harpenau wrote on 4/11/2023, 7:33 AM

Thankyou John, it looks awesome in your video but it did not work for me. Here is my screenshot vid. Please help. thanks so much.

Rick-Harpenau wrote on 4/11/2023, 7:43 AM

woe, I just read this tip. and it worked for me. sorry and thanks for your help.


If you right click on the “aspect ratio” lock, you’ll see a small menu. On which, you’ll see the item "smart transform". Deselect that.

Also, to distort the aspect ratio, make sure that the “Show Rotation Handles” is enabled.