Oberon Fit Objects To Path is an add-on for CorelDRAW which allows you to arrange selected shapes along any curve path. This feature is somewhat similar to CorelDRAW's blend-on-path however it doesn't generate any objects as the blend does. Instead, the user selects several objects and they will be arranged along the selected path evenly.
There are several modes of how the objects are spaced on the path explained below.
To fit objects to a path, just select all the objects in the order you want them to appear on the path and then select the curve to fit the objects to. The curve must be selected last!
Note that in CorelDRAW 11, objects can be fitted not only to a curve but also to simple shapes such as rectangles, ellipses, polygons, etc. In CorelDRAW 10, though, only curve shape can be used as a target.
After launching the macro, you will see the following dialog box:
Select appropriate options and click Apply. The objects will be spaced evenly on the curve.
There are two different distribution modes: By Centers and By Spacing.
When distributing the objects by center positions, the objects are placed on the curve so that the object's centers are spaced equally:
Distributing objects by spacing places the objects so that the distance between object edges is equal:
The objects fitted to a curve can be placed and rotated along the curve simultaneously. When Rotate objects with curve is checked, the objects are automatically rotated according to the direction of the curve as in the above illustrations. When the checkbox is cleared, the object orientation doesn't change:
When the target curve has several subpaths, it can be treated as if each subpath were individual curves:
If Treat Subpaths As is set to Parts Of Continuous Curve, then objects are placed on the subpaths as if they were all connected to each other:
It is convenient to use Oberon Selection Manager with this program to save the selection and restore it later in case you want to modify the curve and then re-fit the objects to it.
Fit Objects To Path for CorelDRAW 11:
A retail version of CorelDRAW 11.633 or later is required.
You must ensure that Visual Basic for Applications is installed along with CorelDRAW 11. VBA is installed in CorelDRAW 11 by default but if you ran a custom setup and did not include VBA in the installation, you will need to install it before installing Oberon Fit Objects To Path.
Fit Objects To Path for CorelDRAW 10:
This program requires CorelDRAW 10 Service Pack 1 (10.427) or later. Correct functioning under the original release of CorelDRAW 10 (10.410) is not guaranteed. This program will not run under earlier versions of CorelDRAW.
If you don't have the latest version of CorelDRAW 10, download the service pack(s) from Corel web site: http://www.corel.com/support/ftpsite/pub/coreldraw/draw10suite/index.htm
You have to have Visual Basic for Applications installed to run this program. VBA is not installed by default with CorelDRAW 10 Graphics suite. You need to do a custom installation and choose to install VBA. You can run the VBA install manually by running the vba6.msi installation package from \Corel\Graphics10\Config\Redist\VBA6 folder of the CorelDRAW 10 CD#1.
Run the setup program and it should install all the files for you automatically. Make sure that you have VBA installed beforehand. The setup program also creates a new workspace that is automatically made active if so desired. You can revert to your previous workspace by just going to Tools>Options>Workspace in CorelDRAW and selecting the workspace that you want.
To launch the program, start CorelDRAW first. If, during installation, you specified that you wanted to activate Fit Objects To Path workspace in CorelDRAW, you will see a new toolbar:
You can launch the macros by just clicking the toolbar button.
If you didn't activate the workspace during installation, you still can use Oberon Fit Objects To Path by going to Tools>Visual Basic>Play... menu to bring up the VBA Macros dialog:
Select "FitObjectsToPath (FitObjects11.gms)" item (or "FitObjectsToPath (FitObjects10.gms)" if you use CorelDRAW 10) from Macros in list and start the corresponding macro by selecting it in Macro name list and clicking Run button.
Oberon Fit Objects To Path is a shareware product. It is fully functional in the downloaded version however it has an evaluation period of 7 days. You must register the program to continue using it. The registration fee is US$12.50.
The same registration number can be used to install Oberon Fit Objects To Path for CorelDRAW 10 and 11.
Register the software online:
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