|VCS Hints: Template Browser Panel|
Access: via Template Panel -> Attribute Set Name
The Template Browser Panel lists subattributes of nine picture template categories: text, format, x-tick marks, y-tick marks, x-labels, y-labels, box/lines, legend space, and display space. These are designated in the Template Browser Panel scroll window by asterisks that precede and follow each category name. The corresponding subattributes also appear in the scroll window below the category name.
How to Use the Template Browser Panel
Displaying the Template Rulers:
To display the temlplate rulers, move the pointer over the yellow 'View' menu button, and press and hold the left mouse button. A menu of options will appear, with the 'tear-off' selection as the first menu element. (The tear-off appears as a dashed line and retains the menu selections on the display.) Then move the pointer over the 'Rulers' menu option and release the left mouse button; rulers will appear above and to the left of the VCS Canvas, which represents the size of a page: 8.5 x 11 inch (21.59 x 27.94 cm) for 'landscape' setting or 11 x 8.5 inch (27.94 x 21.59 cm) for 'portrait' setting.
Displaying the Template Grid:
To display the template grid, move the pointer over the yellow 'View' menu button, and press and hold the left mouse button. Then move the pointer over the 'Grid' menu option and release the left mouse button. Grids lines will appear on the VCS Canvas at intervals of inches or centimeters (see also Specifying the Template Measurement Units).
Specifying the Template Measurement Units (Inches
To specify the template measurement units, first move the pointer over the yellow 'View' menu button, and press and hold the left mouse button. Then, to specify measurement units of inches, move the pointer and release the left mouse button on the 'Inch' menu item; to specify measurement units of centimeters, release the left mouse button on the 'Cm' menu item.
Specifying 'Snap to Grid':
To specify 'snap to grid', move the pointer over the yellow 'View' menu button, and press and hold the left mouse button. Then move the pointer over the 'Snap' menu item and release the left mouse button. When the 'Snap' option is on, the user can move graphics objects on the screen by increments of 1/16 inch or 1/10 centimeter. If the 'Snap' option is off, graphics objects can be moved at more precise increments of one pixel length.
Modifying the Overall Template:
All the subattributes can be scaled or translated at once by selecting the yellow `Modify Overall Template' button. The subpanel labeled `Overall Modification of (template name)' then will appear below the Template Browser Panel. Scale and/or translate the template by modifying the desired input text window, then select the red `Apply' button to register changes. When the `Overall Modification of (template name)' subpanel is brought up, eight red buttons and an interconnecting box also appear on the VCS Canvas. (The box represents the outermost edges of the template and the buttons signify a box corner or edge: 'TL', top left; 'TC', top center; 'TR', top right; 'CR', center right; 'BR', bottom right; 'BC', bottom center; 'BL', bottom left; and 'CL', center left.) By moving the pointer over one of the red buttons and pressing and holding the left mouse button, the box size can be altered, thereby scaling the template: when the left mouse button is released, the template scales to match the new box size. By moving the pointer within the box and pressing and holding the left mouse button, the box can be translated to a different location on the screen: when the left mouse button is released, the template translates to these new coordinates.
Modifying a Subattribute:
Move the pointer over the desired subattribute name and click the left mouse button. A subpanel then appears below the Template Browser Panel to allow editing of the subattribute--select the red `Apply' button to register changes. When the subpanel is accessed, one, two, or four red boxes also appear on the VCS Canvas representing the subattribute's screen coordinates. To change these coordinates, move the red button to the desired location, and release the left mouse button. The position of the subattribute on the VCS Canvas also can be altered by changing the values of the input text windows labeled `x', `y', `x1', `y1',`x2', or `y2'. Note, the position values are either expressed in inches or in centimeters (see Specifying the Template Measurement Units).
Changing the Priority of a Subattribute:
To change the priority of a subattribute, enter a new integer value in the `p' input text window in its editing panel. The subattribute with the highest priority number is displayed on top of all others on the VCS Canvas, while a subattribute with priority 0 is not displayed. The priority also can be changed by use of the 'up-down' arrow associated with the subattribute's input text window.
Changing a Secondary Element of a Subattribute:
If a subattribute uses one of the eight secondary elements (e.g., line, marker, text, etc.), then the corresponding input text window is labeled (e.g., `Tl' for line, `Tm' for marker, `Tt' for text, etc.) and colored (e.g., cyan for line, brown for marker, magenta for text, etc.) accordingly. To change a secondary element of a subattribute, copy and drop the desired secondary element attribute name in the input text window of the appropriate secondary element panel. (See Hints associated with the secondary element panels for copy and drop procedures.)