"Sorry I'm a bit late jumping into this discussion.
InkScape also provides grids for objects to jump to, objects can also jump to one another in various ways, and you can write your own plugins for additional functionality, such as Veronika…"
"Loretta, Veronika and Scott -- thanks for your suggestions. I think I need to download the free test versions and see how they work, before I spend any money. Free is good, but industry standard is better, depending on how much I'm going to use…"
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I will contact the ning people again. In the meantime the problem does have another solution.