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I want to move a set of objects towards a central point. Think moving objects that are outlining a circle towards the middle. I know you can do this through the bounding box, but that results in the objects being resized and I don't want them resized.

The effect that I have in mind is like the Symbol Scruncher tool except that I want to move the objects at a specific distance.

I also won't be able to use the Scruncher because I didn't spray my symbols randomly.

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This might work:

  1. Turn each object independently into a symbol.
  2. Select them all (the bounding box
  3. Re-size them all together so they are closer to the center point (as you indicated, each object will get re-sized)
  4. With all the symbols still selected, right click and select "Reset Transformation". The symbols will recover their original size but stay in the new spot.
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If you wish to move a group of all objects to a center pint, without resizing them, you'll have to do it manually or in specific groups (left, top objects - right, bottom objects, etc).

There is no method to concentrate objects around a given point without resizing.

Scripting may be able to do this. But I'm not certain.

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How about bounding box and then offset path to restore the size?

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Would you mind fleshing out your answer a little more to add some clarity for people who don't know how to do that? –  JohnB Apr 14 '13 at 1:25

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