I had to restart into Windows and install Paint.net just to align some objects. =(
See that should be called "Snap guides to object center/Snap guides to object edges" instead of "Show guides at object center/Show guides at object edges"
Thank-you Sebastiaan. Hopefully this thread will help people Goggling how to disable automatic snapping.
I just wanted to let you know, what you've actually experienced is the responsiveness of the community. Pixelmator's team does answer some questions. But, often, you will discover that Pixelmator's users support each other. Sebastiaan has achieved the ranking of grand high triclopse with the number of people he's helped out. I'm kidding about the ranking, but Sebastiaan is just one example of a user who gives a dam.. er darn.
Don't get me wrong, I love the app and the price but this feature is infuriating. (please mommy, make the bad man stop!)
I WOULD HAVE NEVER GUESSED in a million years that "show guides" means "snap to guide" Does "show relative spacing" mean "snap to relative spacing"? Does "show fonts" mean "snap to fonts"? Perhaps "show window" means "snap to window" and "show spelling and grammar" means "snap to spelling and grammar"? (need I go on?)
When you have to use Google to figure out an application, it means you are looking for someone else's trail of confusion and their solution. Pretty good sign that the interface needs to be changed. This was pretty clear 6 months ago on the original post when the poor fella had to go to a different app.
Thanks for the feedback! You are right and we'll see how we can implement some improvements here.
1) Resizing a shape: CMD disables all snapping for both grid and guides. It works also while pressing the SHIFT key.
2) Moving shapes: CMD works as expected
3) Selections: The CMD key is not working. The selection snaps to both grid and guides.
4) The polygonal lasso tool does NOT snap to grid, and the CMD key is used to complete the path.
5) Move layer works as expected, with CMD key disabling the snap to grid and guidelines.
Cerniuk was right and three years ago Ausra said they'd be looking at it.
So, it was looked at and decided that such a basic and expected feature should remain hidden due to other things taking priority? For three years. Really? :)
I have been using Pixelmator for years and have never been able to figure out how to turn off the Snapping function . I finally got fed up and googled "how to turn off snapping in Pixelmator" (it's a design-fail when you have to google to figure out how an app works)
When I "Show" a button bar, it does not denote pressing the buttons in that bar to execute the actions.
When I "Show" the sidebar in the finder, it does not denote clicking on the items in that sidebar.
When I "Show" rulers in any product, it does not mean that I put tabs in or did anything to make the document editing actions act differently.
When I "Show" gradients, it does not apply them to my selection or document.
When I "Show" fonts, it does not change the font I have selected nor modify the environment of my document in any way
When I "Show" File extensions in the Finder the Finder does not treat the document differently in any fundamental way.
When I "Show" Shapes, Gradients, Brushes, Photo Browser, Fonts, Colors, Effects, Layers, Infobar, All Tabs, Tabs, All in Pixelmator, it does not modify how the tools react.
Show != Snap
verb (used with object), showed, shown or showed, show·ing.
to cause or allow to be seen; exhibit; display.
to present or perform as a public entertainment or spectacle:
to show a movie.
to indicate; point out:
to show the way.
Snap (verb, used with objec), snapped, snap·ping.) <http://www.dictionary.com/browse/snap?s=t>
to seize with or take, buy, or obtain as with a quick bite or grab (followed by up or off):
The bargains were snapped up.
to secure, judge, vote, etc., hastily:
They snapped the bill through Congress.
to cause to make a sudden, sharp sound:
to snap one's fingers.
to crack (a whip).
to bring, strike, shut, open, operate, etc., with a sharp sound or movement:
to snap a lid down.
to address or interrupt (a person) quickly and sharply.
to say or utter (words, a command, a retort, etc.) in a quick, sharp manner:
to snap complaints.
to break suddenly, especially with a cracking sound:
to snap a stick in half.
Photography. to take a photograph of, especially quickly.
Digital Technology. to use a smartphone or other digital device to scan (a QR code or other source) in order to read the encoded text or URL and to browse the hyperlinked website or web page.
Building Trades. to transfer (a line) to a surface by means of a chalk line.
Football. to put (the ball) into play by tossing it back to the quarterback or other member of the offensive backfield, especially from between the legs when bent over double and facing the line of scrimmage; center.
Hunting. to fire (a shot) quickly, especially without raising the gun to aim from the eye.
And most importantly.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snap_(computer_graphics)
In computer graphics, snapping allows an object to be easily positioned in alignment with grid lines, guide lines or another object, by causing it to automatically jump to an exact position when the user drags it to the proximity of the desired location.
Some CAD software provides a "Snap" pull-down menu with diverse options as preferences for the practice of the operation.
In Windows with the option snap enabled, vertical positioning of a window against the top edge of the screen causes it to change into full screen.