How to fix global ruler origins?

Explorer ,
Jul 24, 2022 Jul 24, 2022

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My illustration is a graph with x and y coordinates. I want to set the (0, 0) point to be where the axes intersect.

This used to be extremely easy (by sliding the top left corner to where the given line intersects the ruler).

When I try it now, I can momentarily fix one coordinate (say x), but then the other one changes from where I "fixed" it a moment earlier.

How do I make the intersection of these line remain (0, 0)?

Another question is why Adobe breaks their own software? Used to work, now it's broken. (Works differently: less intuitively, more cumbersome and time-consuming. For DECADES it worked fine. Now broken.)

Please answer at least first question. Thanks.

 

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Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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I am not sure if I read correctly, do you drag from the place where the rulers intersect to the intersection of your graph axis?

If that does not stick, restarting your machine may help and if that does not help, try resetting the Preferences:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/setting-preferences.html

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Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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Thank you Ton and Monika.

 

Dragging from the upper left corner, where the vertical and horizontal rulers intersect, to the intersection point in the artwork (in this case my graph) appears to be the solution. It does appear to be sticking.

 

The method has changed since CS2. Dragging from the upper left corner used to be required once for each axis. Dragging into the drawing then used to cause the drawing to slide out of view. So the change is actually a good one. 

 

The frustration expressed in my original post was due to not knowing about the change and having found various discussions about two sets of rulers (Global and Artboard) that only added to my confusion.

 

Thanks again.

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Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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Can you please tell us step by step what you are doing?

Are yoiu dragging the origin point once or repeatedly?

Please show a screenshot of what exactly you drag.

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Guide ,
Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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Right click on the ruler origin and change to artboard rulers.

If you only have one artboard, in theory they should act exactly the same - in practice I find they don't and artboard rulers are more reliable.

Also, see renél80416020's script here:  community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/how-to-set-ruler-0-point-to-canvas/m-p/13067575, very useful (Global Ruler mode)

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Jul 25, 2022 Jul 25, 2022

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Thanks Met1.

 

However, your link with discussion about Javascript with all its lines of code is exactly the kind of thing that caused frustration and confusion. I like to make pictures. I do not like to wrestle with software and computer code. Something so simple as setting coordinate origins should always be doable with a small set of steps using a user-friendly interface, in my humble opinion. Thankfully, the method provided earlier does this.

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Guide ,
Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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It's a fully functioning script, you don't have to know anything about coding to use it.

Once loaded it's one menu pull, couldn't be simpler (you could even shortcut it for a single key action).

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Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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Met1,

 

OK, so now I'm curious.

 

"Once loaded" is the unknown. I've never consciously used any "scripts" before.

 

Is there a step-by-step set of instructions to get the thing onto one of my menus?

 

Thanks.

 

Richard Benish

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Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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Copy the script text in it's entirety, paste it into a text doc, save as text (not rtf), change the suffix to .jsx, place that file in your scripts folder. [C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 2022\Presets\en_US\Scripts for PeeCee, you'll have to look up the Mac one]. You'll have to quit and relaunch Illy to see it in the scripts menu or use File→Script→Other Scripts, if you don't / until you do (also, ctrl F12).

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