Fill Frame Proportionally

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Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby ben nevis » 20 Aug 2015, 04:14

There seem to be limited ways of altering the size of a photo in a picture box.

One glaring omission from Quark is the 'Fill Frame Proportionally' option of your rival.

Very often the size/proportions of a picture box are determined by the layout, so 'Scale Picture To Box' is no good because unless the photo and the picture box have the same proportions two sides of the box will not be filled. 'Stretch Picture to Fit Box' is no good either because this distorts the photos. There can't be many situations where it is desirable to distort photos. So, as far as I'm concerned, the only useful option is the one that is missing - 'Fill Frame Proportionally'. Call it 'Stretch Picture to Fill Box' or 'Fill Box Proportionally' if you must.

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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby omegaman » 20 Aug 2015, 20:35

Yeah, I find this annoying as well.
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby inflector » 22 Aug 2015, 09:16

There is an AppleScript to do this.
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby PetarMakedonecot » 25 Aug 2015, 07:54

What about "Scale Picture to Box" (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F) ? ;)
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby Johannes » 25 Aug 2015, 10:23

As Ben said in the first post:
“Very often the size/proportions of a picture box are determined by the layout, so 'Scale Picture To Box' is no good because unless the photo and the picture box have the same proportions two sides of the box will not be filled.”

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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby max.peter » 26 Aug 2015, 07:07

If I need a quick solution, I use some consecutive shortcuts (I'm on Win, so look for the corresponding shortcuts on Mac, see the attachement):

1. Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F for adjust the picture to the size of the picture box.
2. Alt+S, then B for fitting the box to picture.
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby PetarMakedonecot » 27 Aug 2015, 10:09

Maybe it is quicker and better to import picture by Ctrl+E, without previously selecting frame, and then adjust it as you wish.
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby Jean-Marie Schwartz » 28 Aug 2015, 07:37

I don't really get what you're after. If I get it right, then what I do in such cases is Shift-Option-Cmd-F to fit the picture to the box and get it centered. Then, Shift-Option-Cmd-drag the handles of the pic to maximize it so the whole box is filled. There is also a chain besides W and H in the measurement palette so that proportions of the box are constrained. If you drag a handle then it grows up proportionaly. Another chain constrains pic props. I think what you're after is really one shortcut away and very quick and easy to do. Unless I'm missing sth?
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby inflector » 28 Aug 2015, 09:34

I adapted an old AppleScript that worked fine until QXP9 to work with 10 and 11. I know almost nothing about AppleScript so there should be a lot of room for improvement.

That should at least make clear what exactly OP is trying to achieve ;-)

Nevertheless, I would really appreciate a native QXP command to do the same thing.
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Re: Fill Frame Proportionally

Postby Johannes » 28 Aug 2015, 11:07

Hi inflector,

Thank you a lot for updating and sharing this script!
I think, it will be useful until Quark implements this function.

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