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[[File:LineTextSymbols.PNG]]
  
[[File:LineTextSymbol.JPG|miniatur|350x350px|right|new line text symbol]]
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[[File:Pro40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Professional.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-cartography]][[File:Std40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]][[File:Sta40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Starter.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]][[File:CS40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]][[Category:Symbol]][[Category:Create a New Symbol]]
  
You can create line text symbols with OCAD. The following options are available:  
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You can create different line text symbols with OCAD.
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Choose the '''New''' command in the '''[[Symbol]]''' menu. Then, choose the '''Line Text Symbol''' option in the '''New Symbol''' dialog to create a new line text symbol.
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[[File:NewLineTextSymbolDialog.PNG]]
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The '''Line Text Symbol''' dialog appears. The following options are available:  
 
* '''General:''' Used to define the font color, type and size.
 
* '''General:''' Used to define the font color, type and size.
 
* '''Spacing:''' Used to define the letters, word spacing and text positioning.
 
* '''Spacing:''' Used to define the letters, word spacing and text positioning.
 
* '''Framing:''' Used to define the framing
 
* '''Framing:''' Used to define the framing
  
# Select '''New''' in the '''Symbol''' menu.
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==General==
# Select the symbol type '''Line Text''' Symbol. The Line Text Symbol dialog box appears.
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The '''General''' tab provides adjustment options for the font, color, size etc. of line text symbols. At the bottom of the dialog a preview of the text is shown.
# Enter a number between 0.001 and 999999.999 in the Symbol number field and a symbol description in the Description field.
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# Click '''Edit'''. The symbol editor appears.
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[[File:LineTextSymbolGeneral.PNG]]
# If required, configure the options 'general', 'spacing' and 'framing' for the text line symbol.
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# Once you have defined the line text symbol, select Icon in the dialog window. The Edit Icon dialog window appears.  
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[[File:Hint.jpg|hint]] For every text style, a separate symbol is required. If you modify the line text symbol, then all text written with that symbol will change.
# Draw the icon in the 22 x 22 pixel matrix field using the various drawing tools.
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[[File:Hint.jpg|hint]] The error message: "Font not found" appears if a font is chosen that is not installed on the PC. The font needs to be installed on the PC or another font must be chosen. Otherwise the font '''Arial''' is used.
# When you are finished, click '''OK''' twice. The new symbol appears in the symbol field.
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===Symbol Number===
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Type a symbol number between 0.001 and 999999.999 in this field.
  
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===Symbol Description===
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Enter a symbol description in this field (e.g. River Name).
  
'''General'''
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===Font===
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Choose a font for the text symbol. All TrueType fonts installed in Windows are listed in the dropdown box. You cannot use raster fonts or Adobe Type Manager fonts.
  
* '''Preferred tool:''' Choose here a drawing mode. Each time the symbol is selected, the drawing mode changes to this drawing mode. Choose None to switch off this feature.
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===Color===
* '''TrueType Font:''' Choose a font for the text symbol. All TrueType fonts installed in Windows are listed. You cannot use raster fonts or Adobe Type Manager fonts.
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Choose the color for the text. All colors from the '''[[Colors|Color Table]]''' are listed in the dropdown list.
* '''Color:''' Choose the color for the text.
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* '''Size:''' Choose the size in points for the text. Alternatively, you can enter the character height in millimeters in the box Character height.
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===Size===
* '''Character height:''' Enter here the height of the character 'B' in millimeters. Alternatively you can enter the size of the font in points in the box Size.
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Choose the size in points for the text. As an alternative you can enter the character height in millimeters in the '''Character height''' field.
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===Character Height===
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Enter here the height of the character 'B' in millimeters. Alternatively, you can enter the size of the font in points in the '''Size''' field.
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===Emphasis===
 
* '''Bold:''' Check this box for bold text.
 
* '''Bold:''' Check this box for bold text.
 
* '''Italic:''' Check this box for italic text.
 
* '''Italic:''' Check this box for italic text.
  
[[File:Hint.jpg|hint]] The error message: "Font not found" appears if a font is chosen that is not installed on the PC. The font needs to be installed on the PC or another font must be chosen. Otherwise the font Arial is used.
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==Spacing==
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Choose this page to define spacing and alignment for a '''line text''' symbol.
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===Character Spacing===
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Enter here a distance to be inserted between characters. If you enter 100%, a space character is inserted between characters. The default value is 0%. Negative values can be inserted, too.
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[[File:CharacterSpacing.PNG]]
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===Word Spacing===
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Enter here the distance between words. 100% means that a normal space character is used between words. The default value is 100%.
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[[File:WordSpacing.PNG]]
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===Alignment===
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Choose here how the text is aligned along the line. The '''All line''' options (Those three on the right side) mean that the text is distributed along the entire line. With this option the ''letter-spacing'' will be adapted to the length of the line text object. Choose the options from '''Bottom''' to '''Top''' and '''Left''' to '''Right''' for a normal alignment (not justified).
  
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==Framing==
  
Line text symbols are used for text along curved lines.
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Choose this page to set the parameters for text framing. Text framing is a method to make text more readable on maps. If - for instance - you have black text on a map, it may interfere with black line objects. Text framing can also be used for decorative effects - giving the text a shadow, for instance.  
Line text can be written along any line, including curved lines. To draw a line text object you must define a '''line text symbol''' and then:
 
# Select the line text symbol
 
# Draw a line in any drawing mode (curve, ellipse, circle etc.)
 
# After terminating the line, an insertion line appears and you can directly type the text on the keyboard.
 
# If the text goes in the wrong direction, click the '''Reverse line''' button.
 
  
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[[File:TxtWithout.PNG|without frame]] [[File:TxtFrame.PNG|framed text]]
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For text framing you need to understand the '''[[Colors|Color Table]]''' and you should have some experience in creating new colors and new symbols.
  
'''Spacing'''
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===Off===
Choose this page to define spacing and alignment for a '''line text''' symbol.
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Activate this box if you don't want to use text framing.
* '''Character spacing:''' Enter here a distance to be inserted between characters. If you enter 100% a space character is inserted between characters.
 
* '''Word spacing:''' Enter here the distance between words. 100% means that a normal space character is used between words.
 
* '''Alignment:''' Choose here how the text is aligned along the line. '''All line''' means that the text is distributed along the entire line. With this option the ''letter-spacing'' will be adapted to the length of the line text object.
 
  
==Create a New Rectangle Symbol [[File:Space.PNG]][[File:Pro40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD 11 Professional.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-cartography]][[File:Std40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD 11 Orienteering Standard.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]][[File:Sta40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD 11 Starter.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]][[File:CS40px.PNG|This function is available in OCAD 11 Course Setting.|link=https://www.ocad.com/en/products/ocad-for-orienteering]]==
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[[File:FramingModeOff.PNG]]
[[File:RectangleSymbol.JPG|miniatur|350x350px|right|new rectangle symbol]]
 
  
You can create rectangle symbols with OCAD.
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===Line===
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Enter here the '''Width''' (how much the framing extends outside the character) of the text framing as well as the '''Line style''' (how corners and line ends appear) and the '''Color''' at the bottom of the '''Mode''' part of the dialog (all colors from the '''[[Colors|Color Table]]''' are listed here). To get text framing, this color must be below the color of the main font in the '''[[Colors|Color Table]]''', but above the colors of any objects which you wish to cover.
  
# Select '''New''' in the '''Symbol''' menu.
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[[File:FramingModeLine.PNG]]
# Select the symbol type '''Rectangle''' Symbol. The Rectangle symbol dialog box appears.
 
# Enter a number between 0.001 and 999999.999 in the '''Symbol no.''' field and a symbol description in the '''Description''' field.
 
# Choose a '''Line color''' and '''Line width''', a '''Drawing mode''' and set the '''Grid''' and '''Numbering''' options.
 
# Once you have defined the rectangle symbol, click '''Icon''' to open the '''Edit Icon''' dialog box.
 
# Draw the icon in the 22 x 22 pixel matrix field using the various drawing tools.
 
# When you are finished, click '''OK''' twice. The new symbol appears in the symbol box.
 
  
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===Shadow===
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Choose this option if a shadow to the text shall be rendered. Enter the '''Horizontal''' and '''Vertical offset''' of the shadow. Choose a '''Color''' at the bottom of the '''Mode''' part of the dialog (all colors from the '''[[Colors|Color Table]]''' are listed here). To get text framing, this color must be below the color of the main font in the '''[[Colors|Color Table]]''', but above the colors of any objects which you wish to cover.
  
'''Rectangle symbols'''
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[[File:FramingModeShadow.PNG]]
Rectangle symbols are used to draw rectangular frames (around the entire map or around parts of the map). A special use for Rectangle symbols is punch boxes for orienteering maps.
 
* '''Symbol no.:''' Enter here a number between 0.001 and 999'999.999 for the symbol. Each symbol requires a unique number.
 
* '''Description:''' Enter here a description for the symbol. The description is displayed when selecting the symbol or when selecting an object with that symbol.
 
* '''Line Color:''' Choose a color for the frame.
 
* '''Line width:''' Enter a line width for the frame.
 
* '''Corner radius:''' If you want the frame to have round corners, enter the corner radius here (measured to the center of the line), otherwise enter 0 here.
 
  
  
'''Drawing mode'''
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==Drawing a Line Text Symbol==
* '''Horizontal rectangle:''' Activate this option if you want to draw only horizontal rectangles.
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Line text symbols are used for text along curved lines.
* '''Rotated rectangle:''' Activate this option if you want to draw rotate rectangles.
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Line text can be written along any line, including curved lines. To draw a line text object you must define a '''line text symbol''' and do the following steps:
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# Select the line text symbol.
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# Draw a line in any drawing mode (curve, ellipse, circle etc.).
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# After terminating the line, an insertion line appears and you can directly type the text on the keyboard.
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# If the text goes in the wrong direction, click the [[File:Icon_ReverseObject.PNG]] '''[[Edit_Object#Reverse_Object_Direction|Reverse Object]]''' icon in the '''Edit Functions''' toolbar.
  
  
'''Grid'''
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==Icon==
* '''On:''' Activate this field if you want to draw punch boxes for orienteering maps.
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Click the '''Icon''' button in the dialog to create an icon for the symbol. The '''Icon Editor''' appears. Read more about this editor in the '''[[Create a New Symbol#Icon Editor|Icon Editor]]''' article.
* '''Cell width / Cell height:''' Enter the desired width and height for the cells.
 
  
  
'''Numbering'''
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* '''On:''' Activate this field if you want numbers for the grid.
 
* '''Numbered from the bottom:''' Normally the cells are numbered starting from the top row. Check this box to start numbering from the bottom row.
 
* '''Text size:''' Choose the size in points for the text.
 
* '''Unnumbered Cells'''
 
: '''Number:''' Enter here the number of cells used as reserved fields.
 
: '''Text:''' Enter here up to 3 characters which appear instead of the number in the reserved fields. If you want all cells numbered enter here 0.
 
  
[[Category:Create a New Symbol]]
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Back to the '''[[Create a New Symbol]]''' page.

Latest revision as of 08:57, 6 August 2015

LineTextSymbols.PNG

This function is available in OCAD Professional.This function is available in OCAD Orienteering.This function is available in OCAD Starter.This function is available in OCAD Course Setting.

You can create different line text symbols with OCAD.

Choose the New command in the Symbol menu. Then, choose the Line Text Symbol option in the New Symbol dialog to create a new line text symbol.

NewLineTextSymbolDialog.PNG

The Line Text Symbol dialog appears. The following options are available:

  • General: Used to define the font color, type and size.
  • Spacing: Used to define the letters, word spacing and text positioning.
  • Framing: Used to define the framing

General

The General tab provides adjustment options for the font, color, size etc. of line text symbols. At the bottom of the dialog a preview of the text is shown.

LineTextSymbolGeneral.PNG

hint For every text style, a separate symbol is required. If you modify the line text symbol, then all text written with that symbol will change. hint The error message: "Font not found" appears if a font is chosen that is not installed on the PC. The font needs to be installed on the PC or another font must be chosen. Otherwise the font Arial is used.

Symbol Number

Type a symbol number between 0.001 and 999999.999 in this field.

Symbol Description

Enter a symbol description in this field (e.g. River Name).

Font

Choose a font for the text symbol. All TrueType fonts installed in Windows are listed in the dropdown box. You cannot use raster fonts or Adobe Type Manager fonts.

Color

Choose the color for the text. All colors from the Color Table are listed in the dropdown list.

Size

Choose the size in points for the text. As an alternative you can enter the character height in millimeters in the Character height field.

Character Height

Enter here the height of the character 'B' in millimeters. Alternatively, you can enter the size of the font in points in the Size field.

Emphasis

  • Bold: Check this box for bold text.
  • Italic: Check this box for italic text.

Spacing

Choose this page to define spacing and alignment for a line text symbol.

Character Spacing

Enter here a distance to be inserted between characters. If you enter 100%, a space character is inserted between characters. The default value is 0%. Negative values can be inserted, too.

CharacterSpacing.PNG

Word Spacing

Enter here the distance between words. 100% means that a normal space character is used between words. The default value is 100%.

WordSpacing.PNG

Alignment

Choose here how the text is aligned along the line. The All line options (Those three on the right side) mean that the text is distributed along the entire line. With this option the letter-spacing will be adapted to the length of the line text object. Choose the options from Bottom to Top and Left to Right for a normal alignment (not justified).

Framing

Choose this page to set the parameters for text framing. Text framing is a method to make text more readable on maps. If - for instance - you have black text on a map, it may interfere with black line objects. Text framing can also be used for decorative effects - giving the text a shadow, for instance.

without frame framed text

For text framing you need to understand the Color Table and you should have some experience in creating new colors and new symbols.

Off

Activate this box if you don't want to use text framing.

FramingModeOff.PNG

Line

Enter here the Width (how much the framing extends outside the character) of the text framing as well as the Line style (how corners and line ends appear) and the Color at the bottom of the Mode part of the dialog (all colors from the Color Table are listed here). To get text framing, this color must be below the color of the main font in the Color Table, but above the colors of any objects which you wish to cover.

FramingModeLine.PNG

Shadow

Choose this option if a shadow to the text shall be rendered. Enter the Horizontal and Vertical offset of the shadow. Choose a Color at the bottom of the Mode part of the dialog (all colors from the Color Table are listed here). To get text framing, this color must be below the color of the main font in the Color Table, but above the colors of any objects which you wish to cover.

FramingModeShadow.PNG


Drawing a Line Text Symbol

Line text symbols are used for text along curved lines. Line text can be written along any line, including curved lines. To draw a line text object you must define a line text symbol and do the following steps:

  1. Select the line text symbol.
  2. Draw a line in any drawing mode (curve, ellipse, circle etc.).
  3. After terminating the line, an insertion line appears and you can directly type the text on the keyboard.
  4. If the text goes in the wrong direction, click the Icon ReverseObject.PNG Reverse Object icon in the Edit Functions toolbar.


Icon

Click the Icon button in the dialog to create an icon for the symbol. The Icon Editor appears. Read more about this editor in the Icon Editor article.



Back to the Create a New Symbol page.