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I'm attempting to place the end of a line segment at the intersection of a circle and a guide in Adobe Illustrator:

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I'm expecting the end of the line to snap into place at the intersection, but with no luck. Smart Guides and Snap to Point are turned on.

Here is a short video of the problem: http://cl.ly/K3tr

I'm using this guide/tutorial in order to "...connect a tangent line to a curved segment in order to create a smooth geometrically correct transition from a curve to a straight line..." - Tangent Lines to Curved Segments

Is anyone familiar with this method that could shed some light on why it's not snapping?

Thank you!

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What's your snap to distance? Tried increasing it (in the pref)? Is Align to Pixel Grid turned on? –  Scott Oct 10 '12 at 21:35
    
@Scott I played with that. I settled on 8. The guide I mentioned in the question said the max is 10. Short clip of the problem: cl.ly/K3tr –  flackend Oct 10 '12 at 22:50
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I think it's just the poor performance of snapping. Heck, even smart guides are often "off" by a few pixels. If you click-drag on the end anchor point you'll have better luck with it snapping to the intersection. However, Smart Guides will never show that intersection. Honestly.... bug in Illustrator. Snapping/Smart Guides have been pretty bad the last few versions. –  Scott Oct 10 '12 at 23:14
    
@Scott That was it!! Thank you! I was click-dragging from the middle of the line instead of from the end anchor point. I see now that snapping is based on the point you have clicked. Reply as an answer so I can mark the question as answered. Thank you so much! –  flackend Oct 10 '12 at 23:59
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I think it's just the poor performance of snapping. Heck, even smart guides are often "off" by a few pixels.

If you click-drag on the end anchor point you'll have better luck with it snapping to the intersection. Snapping is often dependent upon the position of the cursor.

However, Smart Guides will never show that intersection. Honestly.... bug in Illustrator. Snapping/Smart Guides have been pretty bad the last few versions.

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