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The Text Tool Menu

To add text to your image

Tap one of the S, M or L text tools and either hold your stylus down for one second or make an upward stroke with your stylus, like making a shift stroke. Then tap on the screen, or place your stylus on the screen and draw out a box the size you think you want your text to be. You will see a series of dotted lines and a flashing cursor. This indicates how big your text box is. Now enter your text, either using Graffiti or using a keyboard.

If it turns out that your text takes up more space than the box you drew, the box will resize itself up to fit all the text. If you make more text than will fit on the screen scroll bars will appear. Similarly if your text takes up less space than the box, the box will also resize down to the right size.

Once you are done entering text, tap somewhere else on the screen and the text box will no longer be active. To reactivate the text box just tap on the text again with a text tool selected. If the text box is active and you select one of the selection tools the changes to your text will be committed and the text box will be deactivated and selected, whereas if the text box is active and you select any other tool the changes will be committed to your text and the text box will be deactivated but not selected.

To change the size of existing text

You can change the size of the text in your box at any time. If the text box is not active, tap on the tool appropriate to the size you want your text to be, then tap on the text. If the text box is active just tap a different tool and your text will all automagically change size.

To change the shape of the text box

Select the text using one of the selection tools. You will see four selection handles. Place your stylus on one of these handles and drag. The text box will be redrawn and you will see an outline that indicates the finished size and shape of the box. Once you are happy with the new shape lift your stylus. Your text will be redrawn and it will have wrapped to the size of the box.

To copy and paste text

To copy your entire text box use one of the selection tools to select the text box. Then either use the edit menu to copy and paste, or use the Graffiti gestures (command stroke C for copy, command stroke P for paste).

To copy some portion of the text in your text object, using the text tool activate your text box. You can then drag your stylus across whichever text you want to copy, it will be highlighted in yellow. Then use the Graffiti gestures to copy or paste the text. (command stroke C for copy, command stroke P for paste) You can also tap the menu button on the graffiti area to activate the edit menu.

Zooming text

The text sizes are absolute fixed sizes. i.e. if your text is small then it is always 10 pixels high. If you zoom out your text will not "shrink" and likewise if you zoom in it will not "enlarge".

The bounding box of text is always just big enough for the text to fit inside it at 1:1 view. When you zoom out your text will appear to truncate. The more you zoom out the less you will see. You will see as much of the text as will fit in the bounding box and you will see the start of the text. Thus if you start out with a text box that says "This is some amazing text and it is really long and goes on for ages." Once the text box is no longer active, at 1:1, the bounding box will be exactly the size it needs to be for the text to fit. If you zoom out once you will see something like "This is some amazing". This is because the text stays the same size when you zoom but the portion of the screen it occupies changes. If this were not the case then you could have text bounding boxes that were bigger than the area occupied by the text, and then you have a selection nightmare. You might be tapping on a space where you think there is nothing but there is really a text box there.


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The "NB" Tool

This feature was included with such uses as flow charts, diagrams and technical drawings in mind. Leonardo has the capability to allow a very large image indeed. It will allow you to create an image that is 65536 pixels square, which works out to 23.12 meters (75.86 feet) square at 72 dpi. 72 dpi will do, for all but the most pedantic among us, for the average DPI on a Palm. Considering this ability to make your image zoom in and out quite substantially, we decided it would be good if you could, say, create a box to represent a part of a diagram, and then have a large amount of text which is in that box, but which you might not want to see when looking at the big picture in order to eliminate clutter on the screen.

So, create a square (with a white background) which takes up about a quarter of the screen. You don't have to create a square in order for the NB tool to work. We have drawn the square to demonstrate how the tool looks in the context of a diagram.

Click on the large text tool and drag out a text box that fills the screen. Fill the text box with text.

When you are done entering text, tap the NB tool. Presto! The text is now represented by the "NB" icon (NB stands for "nota bene" in latin - "note well" is the English translation).

If you want to see/edit the text again, select the "NB" icon and tap the "NB" tool again. Ping! Big text again. You can have many different notes attached to the same box in your diagram if you want. If you are not editing text you need to select the text object before you tap the NB tool to activate the NB feature.

Live long and prosper.

The next exciting episode is The Selection Tool Menu.

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