Two new editing bars have been added to the main window in Antetype 1.3, both…
We have previously written about the new Style bar and this post focuses on the new features in the Text Bar.
The editing bars that have been added to Antetype in version 1.3 have been designed with two goals:
1. Provide designers with a quick method of browsing the properties of selected elements
2. Provide a quick method to edit common properties without the Style Inspector.
The Text bar is only displayed for cells that have text associated with them.
An element can be converted to show text in three ways:
The Text bar provides a designer with all the information about the text properties of a selected element.
From the example above the following information can be seen:
One important difference about using the Text bar from editing in the Style Inspector is that the font information is displayed in 3 separate controls.
Not only does this change mean that the information about selected fonts is displayed in a more standard way, this also means that changes to font attributes can be more rapidly made.
If you have 3 text elements that are using 3 different families it is now possible to edit their font size with a single change rather than having to change each element individually.
This is also works if you have 3 elements in the same font but using different font sizes you can now change the font family or style and preserve the various sizes.
When multiple blocks of text are selected the information about the different selections is displayed in the drop down lists for font family, font style, font size and line height.
The lists will have a blank entry but when the list is displayed it is possible to see which values are active in the current selection. The currently selected values all have a dash to their left to indicate the selection.
When rich text is selected the information in the text bar is reduced because we can not easily configure and control all of the formatting information that is held in rich text.
Read more about Antetype 1.3.
Read about the new navigation and selection possibilities with the Status bar in Antetype 1.3.
This post is part of a series of posts about Antetype 1.3.