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Martin Wynne
West Of The Severn, United Kingdom



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I thought we might have a topic to mention some of the lesser-known functions and options in Templot. :)

This one was introduced in version 206b:


If you save a .box file called start.box in your \BOX-FILES\ folder, and don't choose to reload your previous session, the start.box file will be loaded automatically on start-up.

This can contain whatever you want -- custom templates, library templates, a default track plan of some sort, default settings for the control template, gauge and scale, etc.

It's an ordinary .box file, so you can reload it or modify it at any time.

If you don't want to use this feature it's very simple -- don't save a file called start.box . :)


The same applies to background shapes if you save a file called start.bgs in your \SHAPE-FILES\ folder. In this case however, it loads every time on start-up as there is no "reload previous" function for .bgs files.

This option is especially useful for the background shapes, because once defined they tend to remain unchanged while working on the track plan through several sessions.

If you don't want to use this feature it's very simple -- don't save a file called start.bgs . :)


These functions are independent of your saved program preferences and are based solely on the existence or otherwise of files called "start".

regards,

Martin.

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Adding an arc of a circle or part of an ellipse on the sketchboard. Combining sketchboard items.



You can do that by overlapping sketchboard items. Start with a full circle or ellipse and blank off the part(s) you don't want. Set the overlap item to infill only and the same infill colour as the background. Here I am overlapping an ellipse with a white rectangle:



After which the rectangle becomes invisible and looks like this:



You can then combine the two items into one for convenience. Drag a selection rectangle around both of them* and then edit > combine items menu item:



*or SHIFT-click on them one at a time.

After which you can adjust them as a single item:




To break a combined item back into the component items, select it and then edit > split items menu item.

You can combine as many items as you like, add items to combined items, combine several previously combined items, etc.

You can copy them to the copyboard, from where you can save them as individual SK9 files for re-use in other designs (or post them here as attachments for others to use). Reload the file on to the copyboard and then copy and paste them onto the sketchboard.

regards,

Martin.

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Thanks for that info Martin, that looks like a very useful tool.

Phil
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If you normally use the mouse wheel to zoom the trackpad, you may have forgotten that you can also zoom by mouse action. This provides a much smoother response with more control, and a precise setting if you need it. That's on CTRL+F1 spot zoom mouse action or just press the 1 key.

As a reminder of this option, I have now added a button for it on the zoom/pan dialog:



In the next program update shortly.

Martin.

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