Blue ghost lines in FL5, how to kill? How did they arrive?

dezcom's picture

In FL5 (Mac Version for me), one of the fonts I am working on has developed a strange habit. A light blue line ghost suddenly appears when I move a line segment. I find it annoying. I assume it is a "feature" that some people like. I have never purposely turned it on and would like to know how to turn it of before it drives me crazy. I tried preferences but can't seem to find it or figure out what it might be called--perhaps "The Blue Shadow of Christmas Past"?

Any help would be appreciated.

ChrisL

Mark Simonson's picture

In Preferences > Glyph Window > Outline Drawing, uncheck "Leave echo while editing". Personally, I like this feature, but it's nice that you can turn it off if you want to.

dezcom's picture

Mark, I thought I had tried that. As I recall, it just removes the grey line under the segment you are moving temporarally. The blue line I am talking about is always there.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

I wish I were home so I could post a screen shot :-(

ChrisL

vinceconnare's picture

are you talking about editing layers/mask?

like above? I uncheck the mask or delete it.

dezcom's picture

No, that is not it. I wonder if is just a wierd bug on my file? All my other fonontLab files are fine and don't have it.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

I like the Mask layer. What bothers me about the blue line is that it gets in the way. There are three layers of lines to look at, the mask layer, the glyph layer, and this blue line that plagues you like a street pedlar in New York.

ChrisL

paul d hunt's picture

is it the global mask layer?
are you working using MM? is it your other master?

dezcom's picture

No, it is not an MM, I know what that looks like. This blue line appears to be the original position an object was in when pasted or drawn. When you move the object, this blue ghost remains even after you deselect. If I try to select the blue line by double-clicking on it, the original path jumps back to become the blue line and the blue line then moves to where the original was after editing! If I delete the blue line, my original path also gets deleted. Making me crazy.

ChrisL

William Berkson's picture

Could you have accidentally put a copy of the whole font into some kind mask?

Have you already tried the different options under tools/masks to remove the unwanted mask?

Wiewauters's picture

try Ctrl, Shift, A
Or is this something else?

dezcom's picture

William and Wiewauters,

It is neither of those. Thanks for trying though!

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Multiple Master is part of the story. See my screen-dump below:

ChrisL

david h's picture

See Selecting a Master -- p.791 manual

"Different masters of the Multiple Master font appear as outlines of
different colors. One master appears in black and it is the only editable
master, called the active master...

dezcom's picture

My problem is that this was an accidental "Master" and not intended to be. It only had one master instead of the requisite 2. I don't know how I even did it, it must have been one of those blurry eyed late-night screwups I am so fond of making :-)

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Thank you all for indulging me in this. Sorry to put you through my show of ignorance :-/
Paul, you are the man! David, thanks too--now I know chapter and verse :-)

ChrisL

paul d hunt's picture

glad you got it figgered out! FLS5 can be an adventure sometimes!

dezcom's picture

Thanks Paul. There is alot of hidden stuff in there which sometimes masks a feature as a bug or maybe that is just my tired old eyes again.

ChrisL

Linda Cunningham's picture

Oh, yeah, use being over 50 as an excuse!

(Works for me too.)

L.

dezcom's picture

I use being over 60 as an excuse instead, it means you are really braindead :-)

ChrisL

William Berkson's picture

"Age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing; youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing."

Made me think.

...haven't figured it out yet. Hmmm. Maybe it's my age.

dezcom's picture

I figured it out a minute ago William but now I forget what it meant :-)

ChrisL

Linda Cunningham's picture

Memory is the second thing to go, and I can't remember the first....

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