Feature Request: Specify x,y coordinates for an object's ending motion path location

I did submit an official feature request, but I wanted to see if anyone here had similar ideas about this type of thing.

Just like how I can specify an exact x,y coordinate for an object, and adjust its height and width with the "size and position" window, it would be nice if there was a similar way to at least reposition the end of a line motion path for an object/group.

So many times I am specifying the end location of an object, after its line motion path animation and the only means by which I have to decide on its end location, is by dragging the little red dot around on the screen. This situation is made even worse still when I have a line motion path on a group of objects, as there is no onion-skin by which I could at least eyeball where I want that group to end up.

Anyone else have this problem? Any workarounds?

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Shalom Mangalindan

Hi Daniel,

That's a good idea for a feature request. It would be great to have some anchor on the destination of the object in animation, so you'd instantly see the end-result layout of an animated slide.

For the meanwhile, maybe you could try a couple of workaround that I do when adding a motion path on a group of objects.

  •  Adding line motion paths to a group of objects
  1.  Select all the items you want to animate (by holding shift key);
  2. Click on 'Add Motion Path', select 'Lines', and then further define the path  using 'Path Options' button;
  3. If you move the red button while pressing the shift key, all the destination preview (onion-skin object) will appear on your screen. It would look something like this, you can see all the destination objects on the left: Adding line motion paths to a group of objects

  • When motion paths are not uniform (i.e., draw a mock-up for the destination object)
  1. Select the object you wish to animate, on the Home tab, click on 'Duplicate';
  2. Rename the duplicate and drag it to the position where you want the animation to go (end position of the motion path);
  3. Do the same for all objects you want to add a motion path on, this serves as your mock-up destination object;
  4. When formatting the motion path, just position the red button until the onion-skin object fits right into the 'duplicate';
  5. Delete or hide the duplicates when you're done formatting the motion paths.