Contents - Style

The Style panel of the Contents pane controls formatting for an entire component, that is, an entire drawing, labels component, or images.   Style settings include choices of colors and symbology in drawings, fonts and sizes in labels layers and choices of channels and other display attributes within images.  

 

For drawings and labels, the style panel allows us to display characteristics in a fixed way or to specify how the values in a field can dynamically vary display characteristics for each record, a process known as thematic formatting in GIS.   Style overrides, found in the Style panel's Options tab for drawings and labels, provide controls that allow individual objects or labels to ignore the overall Style properties for the layer and instead to use their own, individual styles.

 

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Open the Style panel in the Contents pane by pulling down the panel menu and choosing Style.   A keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+5 also switches the Contents pane to the Style panel.

 

The appearance of the Style dialog varies depending on the component type, drawings or labels, or images, for which it was opened.   For step by step instructions and illustrations see the relevant Style topics:

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Example - For a detailed example, see the Example: Style Panel Quickstart topic, which provides a step-by-step, tutorial introduction to using the Style panel to apply color, symbology, size and rotation to areas, lines and points in drawings.

 

Selection commands - Many of the same keyboard shortcut selection commands that work in tables work in various Contents panes panels that show rows of items such as the Layers panel or interval rows in the Style panel when doing thematic formatting.

 

Ctrl-A selects all rows.

 

Ctrl-I inverts the selection, deselecting those rows that were selected and selecting those that were not selected.

 

Ctrl-click the row handle for a row to toggle selection for that the row.   Ctrl-click selects an unselected row, and deselects a selected row.

 

To Select None from the keyboard, do a Ctrl-A followed by a Ctrl-I.

 

See Also

Getting Started

 

User Interface Basics

 

Maps

 

Drawings

 

Editing Drawings

 

Images

 

Labels

 

Selection

 

Style

 

Project Pane

 

Assign Initial Coordinate System

 

Repair Initial Coordinate System

 

Change Coordinate System

 

Contents - Layers

 

Contents - Record

 

Layer Opacity

 

Example: Layers Tutorial - We take a tour of the Layers panel in the Contents pane, learning how to manage layer display order, select layers, turn several layers on and off at the same time, alter opacity settings for one or more layers and how to change background color.

 

Example: Style Panel Quickstart - A tutorial introduction to using the Style panel in the Contents pane to apply color, symbology, size and rotation to areas, lines and points in drawings.

 

Example: Format a Drawing using the Style Panel - In this example we provide a first, step by step look at how to format areas in a drawing using the Style panel.  We can specify the same formatting for all areas or use a field to automatically set formatting, a process usually known as thematic formatting.

 

Example: Format the Size of City Points by Population - A common GIS task is to format the size of points in a drawing based on some value.  For example, the size of points that represent cities might be formatted based on the value of the city's population, with cities that have larger populations being marked by larger point icons.  This is an example of thematic formatting and is easy to do using the Style dialog.

 

Example: Edit Coordinates While Creating an Object - When creating an object in a map using a tool such as Create Area, right in the middle of the process we can edit coordinates in the Contents - Record panel's Coordinates tab.   This example shows the step by step process.

 

Example: Edit Attributes and Move a Point - We look at the attributes for a point in a drawing layer and edit one of the attributes using a more expanded Edit dialog.  We then move the point to a new location. Easy!

 

Example: Edit Attributes, Larger Text, IME for Asian Languages - A tour showing how to edit attributes in a drawing using the Record panel Values tab and the expanded Edit dialog, including advanced Unicode facilities and use of the built in Input Method Editor (IME) to input text in Japanese language.

 

Example: Assign Initial Coordinate System - Use the Contents pane to manually assign an initial coordinate system when importing from a format that does not specify the coordinate system.

 

Example: Change Projection of an Image - Use the Change Coordinate System command to change the projection of an image, raster data showing terrain elevations in a region of Florida, from Latitude / Longitude to Orthographic centered on Florida.

 

Videos

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 1 - This video shows how to download and use a portable installation for Manifold Future.  The video also shows the Contents, pane, layers and layer opacity, one click use of data source favorites, using your own archival favorite and getting record values instantly.  If you are using Viewer or Radian Studio, download and use the Future version to get access to all these powerful new features.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 2 Editing - The video shows how to create new objects, how to add fields and vertices and move vertices around, how to edit existing objects and how to use simple selection methods to choose vertices to move together, including moving all objects.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 3 Editing - The editing tour continues with a look at how to create branched objects, including how to create areas with holes and islands, how to add branches to lines and how to add coordinates between vertices in existing objects.  We finish up by creating an area that traces over a pond in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris using a Google satellite view, and then we add a hole to that area and two additional islands.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 4 Edit Attributes, Move a Point - We use Manifold Future to see how to view attributes of objects in drawings, including use of the new Edit dialog to view long, multi-paragraph text fields.  We edit fields and see how easy it is to preview edits and either accept them or abandon them. We switch to editing the geometry of objects in a drawing, viewing the coordinate locations and using mouse moves to reposition points. We edit the location of a point to correct an error in a drawing, using Google Satellite view to provide context for the correction.  Fast and easy, with previews all the way!

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 5 Unicode Attributes and IME -  We take a tour through Manifold Future attribute editing, showing how to edit attributes in a drawing using the Record panel Values

tab and the expanded Edit dialog, including advanced Unicode facilities and use of the built in Input Method Editor (IME) to input text in Japanese language.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 6 Cell Context Menu - A short video showing a fast and easy way to copy between cells in tables using the context menu.  Also... one step undo of pending changes,  setting the value of a cell to NULL and more. The context menu on cells is such a simple thing but it makes repetitive editing of tables much faster and easier.

 

Manifold Future - 5 Minute Style Quickstart - A five minute, fast and easy introduction to the new Style and formatting capabilities in Manifold Future. In just five minutes learn how to rapidly change colors, symbology, sizes and rotations for area, line and point objects in drawings.

 

Manifold Future - Example: Style Panel Quickstart - A video that repeats the Example: Style Panel Quickstart topic.  The video shows how to format points using the Style panel, including simultaneous formatting of multiple style properties using the same thematic format setup. See how to use free meteorology symbols from a popular, free font, how to use letters and other symbols as point symbology and more.

 

Manifold Future - Example: City Sizes by Population - A video that repeats the Example: Format the Size of City Points by Population topic. The video shows how to vary the sizes and colors of points in a map by the populations of cities those points represent, a classic example of thematic formatting. See also what the percentage numbers in the intervals list mean and how interval methods are automatically calculated by Manifold based on the data in the drawing.