ScreenGenius Tip: Placing & aligning items
Although ScreenFlow 2.1 does not currently allow you to set XY coordinates, or ‘nudge’ media on the canvas (though this has been logged as a feature request) here are some ideas to help you place or move media around on your canvas and make sure it’s positioned exactly where you want it:
Turn Snapping on
Firstly, make sure you have “snapping” on. From the “View” menu, select “Snapping” or hit control-N.
When snapping is enabled, you’ll see yellow guidelines that you can use to help align items as you move your media around on the canvas.
As a second idea, one of our fabulous users, Chris Fenwick, suggests a great way to use layers to line up items, in a blog post he did recently.
With text, copy and paste
Thirdly, if you’re trying to place text boxes in a consistent location in your screencast, then “copy & paste” is your friend. I use this a lot.
- Create a text box & type in the text you want
- Copy & paste that text box and move it to another location on your timeline (so that it appears later in the presentation.) The text box will remain at the same XY coordinates on your canvas.
- Simply type your new text into your new textbox.
This way, you have your text appearing in the same location each time it appears in your presentation. Here’s a quick demo of how to do this:
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Do you have a clever way of aligning or placing your media on your ScreenFlow canvas? Please share!