Postscript Editor part 1

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6.1 Save PS file

Selecting Save PS launches the Save Postscript File pop-up menu. The filename to which the postscript output is to be written can be specified here.

6.2 Properties

The Page Properties pop-up menu contains various options for selecting how the PostScript file is to be defined (and printed).

Print Mode whether the plot is to printed in colour or monochrome depends on which of the radio buttons is selected here. Default is to print colour.

allows the user to select between Landscape and Portrait plot orientations. The default is landscape.

the plot can either be centred at the page origin position, or in the centre of the page. The default option is in the centre of the page.

the size of the plot can be scaled. Use Page Preview to determine the required size for the page.

In addition there is a toggle switch (EPSF) which makes the postscript output encapsulated or not. The default option is for the encapsulated postscript option to be on.

6.3 Preview

The Page Preview pop-up allows the user to view their plot as it would appear on paper. The text is actually replaced with dotted lines as the text itself is not infinitely scalable.

Select Done to end Page Preview.

6.4 Customizing Tools

There are a number of options available to the user for customizing the plot before producing the final postscript output. These are essentially collected in the Customizing Tools box.

The arrow symbol represents the tool available for selecting objects on the plot. This is used in conjunction with the Group and Single buttons to select groups of like items (e.g. all grid lines, all plot objects, all analysis text) or single items (e.g. just one word in the analysis summary) respectively.

Selected items display their "handles" and can be de-selected by clicking on them for a second time. This is useful for removing individual selections, but if wholesale de-selection is required then this can be acheived by clicking on the Clear Selections button.

Currenty selected items will remain selected even when new items are chosen, and subsequent modifications will be performed on all selected items in the display.

Selected items can be coloured (by chosing any of the colours available in the Paint Box), moved (using the Nudge Control functions) or deleted (by selecting the Delete button).

Text can be edited using the middle of the three Customizing Tools buttons. Once this option is chosen the panel at the bottom of the window prompts the user to select the text phrase to be edited. Clicking on any text item will cause the Edit Text pop-up to appear. This menu allows the user to edit the text, alter the text size, and adjust both the horizontal and vertical justifications. The text size range is 40-150 pixels and up to 80 characters are allowed.

Text can also be added by using the last of the Customizing Tool buttons, denoted by an a. If this option is chosen the user is prompted at the bottom of the window to select a point on the display where the new text will appear. The Add Text pop-up will then appear. This contains an empty buffer in which the user can input text, and also allows the user to stipulate text size and horizontal and vertical justification. The text size range is 10-150 pixels and up to 80 characters are allowed.

Restore Original will remove all edits done to the plot and return to the raw view as first encountered upon selecting Postscript from the Plot menu (see section 2.11).

6.5 Set Grid

This option allows the user to define the invisible grid size upon which plot objects and text are positioned. This is done by changing the number of pixels, with large values (up to 250) resulting in a well-spaced grid, and small values (down to 1) giving a very fine grid.

The user is also given the option of toggling the Snap grid on or off.

6.6 Reverse Video

Inverts the colour scheme for the entire display including the background.

6.7 Miscellaneous

Help launches the Help window. See section 7 for more details.

Refresh refreshes the current window.

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