Text bar – Antetype 1.3

Two new editing bars have been added to Antetype 1.3, the Style bar and Text bar.

We have previously written about the new Style bar and this post focuses on the new features in the Text Bar.

Text bar - Antetype 1.3

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.

Enabling the Text bar

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:

  • Select the element and press ⌘+⏎, which starts text editing mode
  • Double click the element to enter text editing mode
  • Using the Style Inspector, find the Text input area in the Text section and enter some text

At-a-glance information

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:

  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The font family of the text in the selected elements is Lucida Grande
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The font style of the text in the selected elements is Bold
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The font size of the text in the selected elements is 12
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The color of the text in the selected elements is black
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The text of the selected elements is left aligned
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The text of the selected elements has no text shadow
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The line height of the selected elements is set to Auto
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The text is top aligned
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ Text wrapping is switched off for the selected text
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The selected elements do not use Rich Text

3 separate type face controls

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.

Multi select

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.

Rich Text

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.

Further Reading

Read more about Antetype 1.3.

Find some hidden secrets in the new Style bar in Antetype 1.3 or the new Style Editors.

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.

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