Help with the Status Line and Keyboard of the Magic Designer Windows
The status line is divided into 6 subfields (from left to
- Bx,y: The pixel position of the corner the
ellipse. Note that it could be the any of the 4 corners.
- Ex,y: The pixel position of the opposite to Bx,y corner of the ellipse. Remember that this
ellipse represents a virtual paper. These pixel positions can be
negative if you zoom. It is also possible to band an ellipse into
negative numbers. The point 0.0 is the upper left corner of the Drawing area. Unless you
resize the program, the bottom right corner is 575, 575. What is shown
in this image results when the user presses the Max circle button.
- This field is set whenever the mouse is in the drawing
window area. It is the current mouse position. When you leave the
drawing window the field is not updated. However, if holding down the
mouse button in the process of banding an ellipse, this field is
- This shows: 'selected of total' designs. It will show 0 of
0 is there is no designs. And unless one uses the Prev or Next buttons,
these two numbers will always be the same. When pressing the blue
circle button, the selected design can be seen.
- This is the size of the Undo stack. Every time you press
Undo it moves the design from the total just mentioned. Since the total
works like a queue and the Undo is a stack, it is possible to reorder
the sequence that the designs are drawn. When you press Redo, it draws
the last design which was Undo.
- This is a general message field. Here is a list of all the
- "Drawing..." - when painting the designs
- "Loaded file \"%s\" with %d lines" - When Loading button or when user clicks on MGS file.
- "Design session window copied to clipboard." ; "Failed to open clipboard." ; "Failed to copy to clipboard."
- "There is nothing to print." - PDF button
- "Paper size:(%d,%d). Designs size:(%d,%d)" - the Size button report
adjustments" ; "Ex,y adjustments" ; "Move Ellipse by center." ; "Must
Use Zoom sliders or F10,F11, arrow keys to Zoom." - on clicking the
radio set under the Ellipse button.
- "okay, start over" - New button.
- "The ellipse is too small." - Draw button, Slow button
- "Cannot draw multiple designs with no existing design." - Draw button
- "Note: Did not draw duplicate of %3d" - Draw button
- "Cannot draw multiple designs because of differing physical layouts(gear sizes)." - Draw button
- "Cannot draw multiple designs because of differing Prime Clip or Stroke." - Draw button
- "Error - Selected a design which could not be drawn" - Draw button, Slow button
- "%d designs drawn from desired %d." - Draw button only when > 1 design asked for
- "Nothing to Edit." - Edit button
- The parameters of the selected design - when Prev Curr or Next navigation
- "Nothing to Undo." - Undo button
- "%d designs undone from desired %d." - Undo button
- "There is nothing to save." - Save button
- "Saved file \"%s\"" - Save button
- "Nothing to Redo." - Redo button
- "%d designs ReDone from desired %d." - Redo button
Of the 18 buttons in the application, 13 of them have keyboard
shortcuts. Painted on these buttons is a hint to what these are. Here
is a list:
- F1 - Help
- F2 - Undo
- F3 - Redo
- F4 - Previous
- F5 - Current
- F6 - Next
- F7 - Max circle
- F8 - Circle
- F9 - Center
- F10 - Do the current ellipse mode with an up arrow key times 20 (Zoom shrink)
- F11 - Do the current ellipse mode with a down arrow key times 20 (Zoom expand)
- F12 - Go to the next ellipse mode (Begin -> End -> Center -> Zoom -> Begin)
- Ctrl+C - Copy to clipboard
- P - print to PDF
- Esc - toggle full screen for Drawing area.
keys - Up Left Down Right - Depends on Ellipse mode. With the exception
of Zoom, the arrow keys move the ellipse in that direction. Begin and
End stretch or compress and Center moves. With Zoom, Up and Left
are the same, and Down and Right same.
The main usefulness of giving these functions
above keyboard shortcuts, is so that you can use most of Magic Designer
in this full screen mode. The buttons that are not given keyboard
shortcuts are those which would not make sense. For example, Edit and
Draw rely upon seeing what is in the controls. And typically before
Edit, one would press Current. So if the design is only visible in full
screen mode, one can quickly toggle to it, and toggle back and do the
Editing and then Draw. And even though you may not see it being drawn,
when toggling back to full screen, it may be visible.