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    Confusion re: Position of Objects


    One thing that took me a few minutes to get my head around was the two different means of the setting position of objects - one is animatable (via the Animation panel) the other is via the "Dimensions, Positions & Flow" panel where values entered here tend to move the object and related animations more as a layer group around the stage and are NOT animatable (even when checked).

    Perhaps relabelled "Dimensions, Position & Flow" to something less confusing (ie: "Layer", or even move these properties to the "Object Properties for {object}" panel... ) might help as technically you really interact with dimension and position properties via the "Animation" panel.

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    Bryan - this is probably the #1 UX issue in the application right now: helping people distinguish between the base object settings and the animatable settings. In most cases, you want to set initial properties via the dimension.position.flow panel, because the transform origin is set relative to these settings. However, there are some cases where you want to set initial position via initial keyframe. We're thinking through ways to do this better.

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    Not sure who your primary persona is (developer, animator, designer, other...?), and whether or not you expect them to understand CSS terminology when using Sencha Animator - but one way to make the 'Dimensions, Positions & Flow' properties more familiar to animators coming from tools such as Flash, AfterEffects, etc would be the following:

    - width, height pertain to the visible area (boundary) of a 'layer' (in-line with the metaphor used in the timeline)
    - top, left, bottom and right are 'anchor points' (or registration points) with the value being used as the offset
    - overflow tends to pertain to whether or not items that extend the 'layer boundary' are displayed or not

    All of these values tend pertain to the object over it's lifetime, rather than it's state at anyone time throughout it's lifetime (ie: they are not animatable) and should probably be presented as intrinsic to the object itself rather than variable (animatable) properties. This could be done by changing the position of the panel in the properties panel (ie: move to top) and further segment visually from the other panels.

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