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Global or Applied Settings in Adobe Edge Animate

Adobe Edge Animate CC has no shortage of settings when it comes to positioning and sizing. The Global and Applied settings don't modify any settings, instead, they provide a means to display the relative positioning between nested elements.

You may wonder about the difference is between Global and Applied settings. Here’s the essence:

  • Global settings coordinate elements relative to the Stage.

  • Applied settings use underlying property values to affect elements.

When you switch between Global and Applied, it affects all elements on the Stage. It isn't possible to have some elements configured as Global and some as Applied; it’s an all-or-nothing deal. However, switching between Global and Applied doesn't affect relative positioning applied to a specific element. For example, if you set an element with Top Right positioning, it remains in that setting whether you choose Global or Applied.

Using Global settings for position

When you use Global settings, the position coordinates always appear as x and y axis points (as shown in this figure). You can use keyframes with the position points, which means you can animate the position of an element; for example, you can have the element move from the left of the Stage to the right.

Global settings, the default, make coordinates appear as x and y axis points.
Global settings, the default, make coordinates appear as x and y axis points.

To get a better sense of how Global settings work, try the following:

  1. Draw four rectangles on the Stage and click Global.

  2. Set the first element using the top-left square as shown.

  3. Set the second element using the top-right square.

  4. Set the third element with the bottom-left square.

  5. Set the fourth element with the bottom right.

  6. Switch to the Stage by clicking an empty part of the Stage.

  7. Adjust the height and width of the Stage as shown.

    Notice how the four different elements are affected.

When you adjust the width of the Stage, elements set with the top-right and bottom-right positioning are affected. When you adjust the height of the Stage, elements set with the bottom-left and bottom-right positioning are affected. The element set with the top-left positioning isn't affected at all when you change the dimensions of the Stage.

Adjust the height and width of the Stage to see how that affects elements.
Adjust the height and width of the Stage to see how that affects elements.

Using Applied for position

The first difference you may notice between Global and Applied is in the Properties panel:

  • When you choose Global and then select an element, you see x and y axis points.

  • When you choose Applied, you see axis points based on the relative position if one element is nested inside another element.

You can nest certain types of elements into another element by dragging them over that other element.

This figure shows an element set with Applied Top Left positioning. Notice the axis points are shown with L (left) and T (top). If you choose Right Bottom positioning, then the axis points appear as R (right) and B (bottom). And so on for the other positions.

Applied settings with top-left positioning.
Applied settings with top-left positioning.

If your element is nested inside another, as shown in this figure, then the relative position is shown in relation to the parent item. For example, if you select an ellipse that is nested inside a rectangle, then you see the position of the ellipse from the rectangle. If you choose Global, then you see the relative position from the Stage.

Nesting items by dragging one over another.
Nesting items by dragging one over another.
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