Info Pane: Style

The Style tab appears in the Info pane when an object in a drawing, a label in a labels layer, or a frame in a layout is picked with an Alt-click.  It provides style controls to format the appearance of the picked item, such as changing the style of a frame in a layout, and including altering the individual style of objects in drawings when Style overrides are enabled.

Drawings and Labels

Alt-click an object or a label to pick it, and then click the Style tab to see style applied to the picked object or label.    

 

 

The Style tab shows the Style properties of the picked object or label.  We can edit the style properties if style overrides have been enabled for that drawing or labels component.    If style overrides have not been enabled, the style buttons will show the current style applied to that object or label but cannot be changed.   See a discussion of style overrides and how to enable them in the Style: Overrides topic.

 

When style overrides are enabled, controls operate the same as they do in the Style dialog for drawings and for labels.  The Update Record button applies any changes.

Layouts

Alt-clicking a frame in a layout opens the Info pane to the Style tab.   All frames will show Background, Border and Padding controls.   Text frames in addition will have additional controls to format text, and sample frames as used in legends will have additional controls to format the sample.

 

Controls

Background

The fill color to use as the background for the frame.

Border

The stroke color to use for the border, and the thickness of the border line.

Padding

The width of a transparent margin between the contents of the frame and the edge of the frame.  Often used to provide room for a wider border that has no overlap with the contents of the frame.

Sample frame controls

When a sample frame has been picked, style controls for the sample will appear.  Style controls are the same as style controls for drawings.

Sample width / position

The size of the sample glyph and the position (left or right) within the frame.

Sample shape

The shape of the glyph used for the sample

Total Style

A button showing the combined effect of the other properties to create the illustrated Style for the sample glyph.

Stroke Color

The primary color applied in borders for area glyphs, for line glyphs and outlines for point glyphs.

 

Important:  Setting Stroke color to transparent makes the glyph disappear completely.  To render text symbology without using Stroke color, use the Symbol button to drill into the Symbol menu and set the Stroke width parameter to a very small width, such as 0.01.  

Fill Color

The fill or secondary color.  Applied to the interior of area glyphs.  Also applied as the secondary color in point glyphs.

Size

The size of points, thickness of lines, and the spacing of hash patterns in areas.

Symbol

Choose symbology for the glyph.

Text frame controls

When a sample frame has been picked, style controls and a pane containing text will appear to enable formatting of the text part of the sample frame. Except for the text pane, controls are the same as style controls for labels.

Total Style

A button showing the combined effect of the other properties to create the illustrated Style for text.

Stroke Color

The primary color applied in fonts, as well as in label options and point styles that use a single color.  

 

Important:  Setting Stroke color to transparent makes text disappear completely.  To render text symbology without using Stroke color, use the Symbol button to drill into the Symbol menu and set the Stroke width parameter to a very small width, such as 0.01.  

Fill Color

The fill or secondary color.  Applied to the interior of text options.  Also applied as the secondary color in point styles used in label symbology.

Size

The font size of text.  May be fractions such as a size of 0.1 or 2.8.  The drop down menu provides a range of default choices.  Enter a specific value into the box to specify a Size other than one of the default choices.

Font

Choose the font.   The initial list provides fonts immediately available and used as standard fonts in most Windows editions.  Choose Custom to pick a font from any font installed in the system using the standard Windows dialog.  The font size setting from the Windows dialog is ignored in favor of using the Style pane's Size property button.

Symbol

Choose symbology for text.  The drop down menu provides a range of default symbols, with a toolbar that allows configuration of the drop down menu.  Press the More... button at the bottom of the drop down menu for the full Symbol dialog that provides more options.

(text pane)

Enter text that will appear in the frame.

 

 

See Also

Info Pane

 

Info Pane: Component

 

Info Pane: Values

 

Info Pane: Coordinates

 

Info Pane: Related

 

Info Pane: Pixels

 

Info Pane: Position

 

Info Pane and Images

 

Getting Started

 

User Interface Basics

 

Project Pane

 

Layers Pane

 

Style Pane

 

Transform Pane

 

Traverses

 

Maps

 

Drawings

 

Images

 

Labels

 

Layouts

 

Legends

 

Style

 

Assign Initial Coordinate System

 

Repair Initial Coordinate System

 

Reproject Component

 

Traverses

 

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 Info pane 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 Info pane 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 Info 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 Reproject Component 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.

 

Example: Create Parcels from Traverse Files - Traverse files using ESRI traverse file format are widely used by surveyors and government organizations in the US to define parcels and lines by describing a sequence of directions, distances and curves from a starting point.  Manifold automatically handles both tangent and non-tangent curves in ESRI traverse file format as well as the full variety of options used to specify angles, distances and curves.  This video shows how it's easy to create a parcel from a traverse file.