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Possible improvement to the Offset Outline tool

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I've been trying the Voronoi shell tutorial with the  8.5 beta, and on running the Offset Outline tool on the voronoi faces, some faces end up with "crossed" lines, like you see in the attached image. Could you guys improve the code for this tool so that the close points converge into one instead of crossing by each other when the offset is done inwards, and we don't end up with bad geometry?

 

Or maybe I'm missing something – I'm a beginner.

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Hi Bogdan,

 

Yes, this can occur using the Offset tool in the "By Distance" mode.  If you encounter this issue, delete the offset with the crossing, and use the Dynamic option -- and the Distance Field in the Input Palette to generate it and it should be created properly.  Does that work for you?

 

Thanks for your report, we will get this corrected.

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Thanks for answering. OK, so I deleted some bad offsets and tried the Dynamic option – when it is applied individually (one face selected), it works without "crossing" lines, but if two or more faces are offset at the same time, the offset works like it should (no "crossing") only on the last selected face. An easy thing to fix in the code, I'm sure.

 

Also, since we're talking about individual vs. multiple faces, can we have a "Scale each line/face/item" tool or option, so we can scale multiple "unconnected" faces, each around its center? (See the attached image). Doing this one by one with three dozen (extruded) voronoi faces is very time consuming. And I can imagine a "Scale each" tool/option would come handy for many other situations.

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"The Dynamic option – when it is applied individually (one face selected), it works without "crossing" lines, but if two or more faces are offset at the same time, the offset works like it should (no "crossing") only on the last selected face".

 

Not fixed in Beta 4. Maybe there's another Beta planned before launching 8.5?

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No crossing should be at least the option. Also it is related to other tools too: Line with wall option, for instance.

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