Auto Layout Text
This option automatically sizes a block of text to fit inside the boundary box (width and height limits) of a selected vector or vectors. If no vectors are selected the text is scaled to fit the size of the material.
The procedure for Drawing Text in the 2D Window is:
- Select the vector inside which the text is to be fitted
- Click the Draw Text icon
- Enter the required text content
- Select the font either True Type or Single Line as required and alignment options
The button opens a larger text entry window that makes it easier to enter text that needs to run on longer line lengths.
Fonts that start with the @ character are drawn vertically downwards and are always left justified
The Single Line Radio Button changes the Fonts list to show a selection of fonts that are very quick to engrave.
This example shows text (in an Engraving Font) drawn in an ellipse. The bounding box of the ellipse is used for the layout:
Positions text relative to the selected bounding box or material size with options for left, center and right aligned.
Bounding Box Dimensions
These are the actual size of the box into which the text will be fitted. If the text is scaled interactively (by left clicking twice on the text) or precisely using the scale tool, the new bounding box is updated and displayed as a light gray rectangle.
The distance between the text and the bounding box where:
- None - Scales text to fit the rectangle width or height of the bounding box
- Normal - Scales text to fit within 80% of the bounding leaving a 10% border to the left and right.
- Wide - Reduces the size to 60% of the rectangle width leaving a 20% border to the left and right.
When the text fits the width of the box and there is space above and below it, the text can be made to fill that vertical space using one these methods:
When the text fits the height of the box and there is space at the sides, the text can be made to fill that horizontal space using one these methods:
To edit text properties or content of previously created text:
If the Create Text form is open, click the text you wish to edit or
If the Create Text form is closed, click the left mouse button on the text in the 2D View to select it before opening this form. The form will now allow you to edit the properties of the selected text.