I'd like to be able to have the global directions, ((views (top, right, left) as well as transformations (location, scale)), match the orientation of a selected object or face.
I have this cube that is rotated.
I know how to make the orientation local, but that seems to be only useful when using the handles to make adjustments. When I use G,S,R,E, ...they follow the global plane.
Yes, there are addons and scripts to do that, but I'd like to do it on the fly, by switching orthographic views, relative to the rotation of my original object.
If I use G,S,R to transform that cylinder, the transformations always revert to the default global axis. Is there something that I'm missing?
I guess I've asked two questions in one mess. Sorry if I didn't know the right terminology to google a simple answer. I tried many times.
Another example of my issue. I'm working on this twisted object, with the new faces set to normal orientation. The transform arrows are going in the direction I need, but if I use the regular (G,S,R) controls, it still reverts to global directions. I can view the selected faces properly now, by holding Shift-numpad.
Now that I'm in the right view, relative to the selected faces, I would like to be able to flatten them by keying S,Z,0. I think I understand why this doesn't work, but I'm hoping for a workaround. (This image is after I scaled all of the faces to zero)