Create Magnet Target Or Center Marker (SMR)

Important! To function, Magnet Targets must always be placed on a layer called MagnetTargets. If users need to tween an MT, there can be multiple MagnetTargets layers, each containing a single MT.
Center Marker layer must be called CenterMarker.


Creates two types of invisible EDAPT 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.

Alternatively Magnet Targets and Center Markers can also be created via the dedicated buttons in SMR Helpers panel and .

Suggested use

The presence of Magnet Target(s) is a prerequisite for the functioning of Smart Magnet Joint (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.

As of EDAP Tools v.6 using the FreeStyle Rigging Tool is considered to be the primary rigging method, which should comfortably cover more than 90% of the situations and should be more intuitive and easier to use, than placing MTs and CMs manually inside symbols. Classic Full Manual rigging via the Smart Magnet Rig panel is still a perfectly valid option, esp. in situations where there are many heavily overlapping elements.

Where does it work?

Stage, Inside Symbol

EDAP Tools shortcut

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


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).

An in-depth article about EDAPT Objects is available at this link.

Known issues

System Clipboard interference
A known issue with all versions of Flash and Animate is that data stored temporarily in the System Clipboard can be exposed to interference by other programs running at the same time as Flash/Animate. This can cause an error during EDAPT Object creation or insertion.

If you see any error messages or if you experience problems with creation or insertion of Center Markers or Magnet Targets, please, follow this link.

Video demonstration

This command is part of the Flanimate Power Tools package. Get the latest version from Downloads.

This tool is amazing and useful

Santhoshkumar M

Create center marker not working in my animate CC pl help me, While clicking the [Alt+`] didn't generate diamond shape CM

Hi mate,
Make sure you have EDAPT Shortcuts activated.
If the shortcut does not work for some reason, try to hold down ALT and choose the command from the menu while you are holding the ALT key down.
This should result in the creation of a Center Marker.


I have some problem since my centre marker is not like a blue square , it becomes a white dot, what did I do wrong?


Hi Stan,
I already suggested to you to try FreeStyle Rigging instead of manual.
I've no idea how the Center Marker can turn into a white dot.
If you like, record a video (screen capture) to show us what you are doing and how things are not working as expected, and post the link here.

My center marker not moving please any suggestion

You are not supposed to ever move the Center Markers, that is why they are unmovable.
Their only function is to show where the Registration Point of the symbol is.

If you need to re-register your symbols, use Set Reg Point To Transform Point or Make Edaptable.

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