Create Magnet Target Or Center Marker (SMR)

Important! To function, Magnet Targets must always be placed on a layer called Magnet Target(s). If users need to tween an MT, there can be multiple Magnet Target(s) layers, each containing a single MT.
Animate CC 2019 and newer only: To conform to Adobe's strict layer naming model MT layers are called MagnetTargets and CM layers are called CenterMarker

Functionality

Creates two types of invisible objects (and layers for them), necessary for the functioning of Smart Magnet Joint (SMR), Smart Transform (SMR) and Clean Up (SMR). These invisible objects appear in the Library inside a folder called EDAPT objects.

  • Magnet Target (MT) – a red invisible circle with cross indicating its center. Has to be placed inside parent Symbols. Works as a magnet anchor for children's Reg point to snap to.
  • Center Marker (CM) – a blue invisible diamond with cross indicating its center. Automatically placed at the Reg point of current (usually child) Symbol. Visual aid to easily and precisely place Magnet Target(s) in parent Symbol.

Suggested use

The presence of Magnet Target(s) is a prerequisite for the functioning of Smart Magnet Joint (SMR), Smart Transform (SMR) and Clean Up (SMR).

Example: Upper arm needs to snap back to shoulder area in torso. Torso Symbol must contain a Magnet Target which indicates where the upper arm's registration point will snap to. Lower arm needs to snap back to elbow area in upper arm. Upper arm Symbol must contain a Magnet Target which indicates where the lower arm's registration point will snap to.

Where does it work?

Stage, Inside Symbol

EDAP Tools v.4 shortcut

Shift+`(tilda/~ key) (creates MT); Alt+`(tilda/~ key) (creates CM)

Notes

Visibility upon creation of Magnet Target and Center Marker layers can be chosen in EDAPT Control Panel or Quick Settings F12.
MTs can be magnetically snapped to the nearest CM by executing Smart Magnet Joint (SMR) `(tilda/~ key to the left of 1/! and below Esc).

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