With the help of the VectorFirstAid plug-in, you can automatically reduce and remove points that are unnecessary or that increase the file size and make editing complicated. In today's article, you'll learn about the functions that perform these actions.

 

The Super Smart Remove points on paths function is designed to reduce the number of points on the selected paths or all the paths of the current document. By removing points, the function preserves the shape of the path within the specified tolerance. There is a similar function in the other Astute Graphic's plug-ins: VectorScribe and InkScribe. In the case of VectorFirstAid, points removal is done automatically after clicking on the Super Smart Remove button in the VectorFirstAid panel (Window > VectorFirstAid > VectorFirstAid panel).

 

You can also launch this function by choosing Super Smart Remove Points in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel. In order to set the tolerance, choose VectorFirstAid Preferences in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel.

 

The higher the value, the greater the number of the deleted points, but the more likely it is that the path will become somewhat distorted.

 

Let’s take a look at the action of the Super Smart Remove Points feature using the example of working with a variable width path after the Outline Stroke command (Object > Path > Outline Stroke). This path includes 56 points.

 

After pressing the Super Smart Remove Points there are only 7 points left.

 

The Remove Unneeded Points feature is designed to remove the points that are close to each other, or those that are located on the straight-line segments.

 

Points removal occurs within the tolerance, which is set in the VectorFirstAid Preferences dialog box.

 

To start the function, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel or turn on the document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of unneeded points will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

 

The Remove Stray Points feature is designed to eliminate single points that may appear in the process of sloppy work with drawing tools, segment parts removal or certain processes, for example; as a result of working with the Pathfinder panel. To start the feature, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel, or turn on a document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of stray points will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

The Remove Redundant Points feature is designed to remove points that have the same coordinates. This means that instead of several overlapping points, there is only one. This action is done within the Redundant Point Tolerance, which is set in the VectorFirstAid Preferences dialog box.

 

To start this feature, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel or turn on a document checkup by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the amount of redundant points will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

The Retract Short Handles function is designed to convert corner or smooth points that have short handles into retracted points (points that have zero-length handles). This action is done within the Short Handle Tolerance, which is set in the VectorFirstAid Preferences dialog box.

 

To start this feature, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel, or turn on the document check by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of short handles will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

The Align Close Points function is designed to align closely located points on the same path or closely located points of a few paths. This action is done within the Coincident Point Tolerance, which is set in the VectorFirstAid Preferences dialog box.

 

To start the feature, select the appropriate command in the fly-out menu of the VectorFirstAid panel, or turn on the document check by clicking on the Check Document button in the panel. After that, the number of close points will be shown in the Checkups Results list. To remove them, click on the Fix Selected or Fix All buttons.

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