-- I have been using your align handles branch, and just had a few thoughts. Firstly -- AWESOME! having align handles on the canvas are so useful!
My first thought however was that the new handles made things pretty cluttered. Do you think it would work if the handles were a sort of third select mode. For example, select the objects, click once to enter rotate mode (as per normal), and then click again to enter the Align mode?
Secondly, do you think keyboard modifiers might work so i could specify what to align against? I regularly align relative to the page, and not sure how to do it with the new handles. (i hate going back to the dialog these days after using your new handles for about a week :) )