for the iPad


HELPFILE ver 1.1.3- MAIN TOOLBAR OPERATIONS

Introduction & FAQ

Draw mode

Type mode

Write mode

Select mode

Maps

Import documents

Insert images from photo album

Icons

Export - email, Photo Album or Facebook

Backgrounds

Settings

Files, folders and Dropbox

New - clear the screen

FAQ

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DRAW MODE


  1. Basics
  2. Pen Settings
  3. Eraser Settings

Basics

The DRAW MODE lets you draw directly on the screen with your finger or compatible stylus. You can draw simple illustrations or write as if using a pen or highlighter and quickly change colors and line widths.

A configurable eraser is also available.

The drawing and/or writing then becomes part of the screen image which can be re-arranged using the SELECT MODE.

Tap the DRAW button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR as shown in the image on the left. The DRAW TOOLBAR (2) appears. Choose a pen type (pen, highlighter or eraser) by tapping one of the buttons in (3).

You can also quickly choose a pen color (4) and a pre-set line width (5).

For more choices of colors and pen widths, tap the PEN SETTINGS button (6) where you can also adjust the eraser offset (see note below).

To hide the MAIN and DRAW Toolbars, push the TOOLBAR tab (7) to slide the toolbars off and back on to the screen.

You could also touch the tabs (7) to cycle the tool bar displays on and off the screen.

Additionally, tap the HIDE/SHOW TOOLBARS button (1) at the bottom of the screen to toggle all the toolbars on and off.

Note the UNDO button (2) and the REDO (3) button which apply to any changes made to the screen image.


Pen Settings

For more pen options, tap the PEN SETTINGS button (1).

The PEN SETTINGS popover (2) appears and you can use the sliders (3) to adjust pen thickness, opacity and size.

A sample of the PEN to be used is shown in (3).


Eraser Settings

The PEN SETTINGS popover also lets you modify the ERASER settings.

Tap the ERASER button (1) to display the ERASER settings in the popover.

Move the sliders (2) to adjust the ERASER offset (3), which positions the ERASER away from your finger (4).

If the SQUARE ERASER switch is set to ON, a square eraser box (6) is used.

Set the SQUARE ERASER switch (1) to off to change the ERASER shape to a round eraser (2).

TYPE MODE


  1. Basics
  2. Editing Text
  3. Re-sizing the TEXT BOX
  4. Changing fonts

Basics

The TYPE MODE lets you type a block of text in a TEXT BOX.

You can also paste in text from other apps into the TEXT BOX. For example, text copied from a web page opened in Safari.

Text in the TEXT BOX can be edited using the standard iPad text-editing functions and there are toolbar buttons for you to change fonts, colors and font size.

Adjust the size of the TEXT BOX to fit the text and re-position the TEXT BOX as needed.

Finally, when ready, you must PASTE the text from the TEXT BOX on to the screen, to build up the screen image.

When you tap the TYPE MODE button (1), the TYPE MODE TOOLBAR appears (2), as well as the TEXT BOX (3) and the iPad keyboard.

The TEXT BOX may be re-sized by dragging the ARROWHEAD handles (4) and re-positioned by dragging the DOT handles (5).

The TYPE MODE TOOLBAR has buttons for changing the text colors (6), TEXT BOX preset sizes (7), font sizes and fonts (8).

After typing text in the text box, remember to tap the PASTE button (9) to paste the text on to the screen.

You can tap (once) outside the TEXT BOX to suspend text editing and hide the keyboard. You can also hide the keyboard when you tap the HIDE KEYBOARD BUTTON (10).

When the keyboard is hidden, the TEXT BOX has a red tint, typing is disabled and you can drag TEXT BOX itself (instead of dragging the DOT handles)to move it. To re-enable editing and display the keyboard again, DOUBLE TAP inside the TEXT BOX, or tap the SHOW KEYBOARD BUTTON (10).

Note that after pasting, the TEXT BOX (3) is not automatically cleared, as you may wish to re-use or re-edit the typed text for pasting in another area. Tap the CLEAR button (11) if you wish to clear the TEXT BOX.

To hide the MAIN and TYPE Toolbars, push the TOOLBAR tab (12) to slide the toolbars off and back on to the screen.

You could also touch the tab (12) to cycle the tool bar displays on and off the screen.

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Editing Text

When editing text in the TEXT BOX, the standard iPad text editing functions operate. As in other iPad text editing apps, when you press and hold within the text area, a pop-up appears (1) with options to select the highlighted text or select all, the entire text block.

Note that this is only available when text editing is enabled, i.e. when the iPad keyboard is visible.

If you select text, then another pop up appears (1) with options to COPY, CUT, PASTE etc. These again are standard iPad text editing functions for you to select and copy text which may be pasted in other apps.

Likewise, you can select text from other apps (for example Safari or Notes) to paste into the TEXT BOX.

When text editing is disabled (keyboard is hidden), the TEXT BOX has a red tint (1) and you can drag and reposition the TEXT BOX.

Text editing is disabled when you tap outside the TEXT BOX, or if you hide the keyboard (2), or if you touch one of the TEXT BOX handles (the ARROWHEAD or DOT), used to drag or resize the BOX.

If you inadvertedly disable text editing, and need to re-edit the text, double-tap inside the TEXT BOX, or unhide the keyboard by tapping the UNHIDE KEYBOARD button (2).


Re-sizing the TEXT BOX

If your text does not fit the TEXT BOX (for example if you paste in a large amount of text from another app), you can adjust the size of the TEXT BOX.

Drag one of the ARROW HEAD handles to adjust the size of the TEXT BOX. The handles at the side of the box stretches the box horizontally and vertically (width and height).

Drag the ARROWHEAD handles at the corners to adjust the TEXT BOX in any direction.

The text in the text box will adjust itself, word wrap and fit the TEXT BOX accordingly.

You could also change the TEXT BOX size by tapping one of the presets in (1).

Or, you could change the font size. Tap one of the buttons in (2) to adjust the fonts.

Remember to PASTE the text on to the screen image when done.


Changing fonts

You can quickly change the colors and size of the font in the TEXT BOX using the buttons in the TYPE MODE TOOLBAR. However for more choices and to change the font itself, tap the FONTS (1) button in the fonts toolbar. A popover (2) displaying the font settings appears.

A list of available fonts is displayed in a scrollable table (3). Scroll through the list and tap to select a font.

You can change the colors and size of the font to be used in the TEXT BOX by adjusting the sliders (4) and a sample will be displayed (5).

When done, tap the APPLY (6) button and your text in the TEXT BOX (7) will be updated.

WRITE MODE


  1. Basics
  2. WRITE BOX toolbar buttons
  3. Moving and re-sizing the WRITE and TARGET BOXES

Basics

Although you can write in the DRAW MODE, the WRITE MODE lets you "write small" and make full the use of the screen space for your notes. You write naturally in the WRITE BOX and the writing will be automatically scaled in a TARGET BOX.

The auto-advance feature lets you write continuously, for example when you are taking notes in a lecture.

Tap the WRITE MODE button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR.

A larger WRITE BOX (2) and TARGET BOX (3) appears. The WRITE BOX is where you write with your finger or stylus. The writing will be scaled automatically in the smaller TARGET BOX.

The TARGET BOX can be manually placed and its contents pasted on to the screen image, or automatically as described below.

As you write, a green AUTO ADVANCE HOT-ZONE (1) appears in the WRITE BOX. If you continue writing from this zone, the scaled writing in the TARGET BOX (2) is pasted on the screen and the TARGET BOX advances automatically.

Note that for the auto-advance to work correctly, you must touch-down in the green zone and continue to write from that point on.

As long as the green zone is visible you can use the auto-advance feature without having to write to the end of the WRITE BOX.

If the TARGET BOX is partially off the screen, (1), the off-screen area in the WRITE BOX is indicated by the yellow zone (2).

You can write until the edge of yellow zone, after which if you touch anywhere in the yellow zone, the contents of the TARGET BOX will be pasted, and the TARGET BOX will be advanced to the start of the next line.

Note that these instructions are reversed for "right to left" writing (see SETTINGS).


WRITE BOX toolbar buttons

The PEN SELECTION (1) buttons are similar to those in the DRAW MODE TOOLBAR but apply to the WRITE BOX. Pen types include pen, highlighter and eraser.

Tap one of the buttons in (2) to select a pen color, and from (3) a pen width.

Tap the PEN SETTINGS button (4) for more choices of pen colors and widths. You can also adjust the eraser offset here (see DRAW MODE).

The PASTE buttons (5) lets you paste the TARGET BOX and advance either forward, down or down and return to left.

The UNDO (6) and REDO (12) buttons affect the WRITE MODE only and are different from the UNDO and REDO buttons at the bottom of the screen which affect the screen image.

Tap one of the PRESET (7) buttons to adjust the TARGET BOX to a preset small or large size. You could also manually adjust the TARGET BOX size by dragging one of the ARROWHEAD handles around the TARGET BOX.

By default, the WRITE BOX has a translucent yellow tint. Tap (8) to switch to an opaque white background if you find the translucent background of the WRITE BOX to be distracting.

Tap the FLIP (9) button to reverse the positions of the WRITE BOX and the TARGET BOX.

The BOX ADVANCE buttons (10) advances the TARGET BOX without first pasting the contents.

The CLEAR (11) button clears the WRITE BOX (and correspondingly, the TARGET BOX)


Moving and re-sizing the WRITE and TARGET BOXES

Drag the DOT handles to move and re-position the TARGET BOX. Or drag the TARGET BOX itself if it is more convenient.

Drag the ARROWHEAD handles to re-size the TARGET BOX.

Drag the side and top handles for horizontal and vertical stretching, or the corner handles to stretch and retain the proportions of the TARGET BOX.

You can also tap the PRESET buttons (1) to quickly adjust the size of the TARGET BOX.

The WRITE BOX can only be dragged and re-positioned in the vertical direction by dragging the DOT handles as shown on the left.

The default sizes of the WRITE and TARGET boxes can be changed in SETTINGS.

SELECT MODE


  1. Basics
  2. Examples
    1. Copy, Cut and Paste
    2. Importing and Cropping Photos to create a collage
    3. Export the image in the SELECT BOX - email, icon library and Facebook

Basics

Use the SELECT MODE to select an area of the screen which you intend to duplicate or move. The selected area can then be copied into the SELECT BOX using one of the COPY, CUT or CROP buttons.

Use the COPY button to duplicate the selected area. To move the selected area, use the CUT button. The CROP button lets you copy the selected area into the SELECT BOX and then clear the image from which it was taken. See below for examples of these operations.

The copied image in the SELECT BOX may then be re-sized, rotated and/or re-positioned before pasted back to the screen image.

Tap the SELECT MODE button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR.

The SELECT TOOLBAR (2) appears, as well as the SELECT BOX (3). The SELECT BOX is used to 'pick up' areas of the screen and either copy it or move it elsewhere.

The SELECT BOX (and its image content) may also be re-sized by dragging the ARROWHEAD HANDLES (4) or MOVED by dragging the DOT HANDLES (5). You can also move the SELECT BOX by dragging the box itself.

If the SELECT BOX has an image, additional SPIN handles (1) are available to spin or rotate the image in the SELECT BOX.

For fine control, use the buttons in (2) to rotate in single degree steps either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.


Examples

a. Copy, Cut and Paste

Start with an image on the screen (1).

The SELECT MODE lets you select an area of the image and copy or move that area into the SELECT BOX.

Tap the SELECT button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR.

Drag and resize the SELECT BOX (2) over the area to be copied and tap the COPY button (3).

A copy of the selected area is placed in the SELECT BOX. Drag the SELECT BOX to position the SELECT BOX in the desired location.

Tap the PASTE buton (1) when ready.

The image in the SELECT BOX is pasted (2) on to the screen image.

Note that the SELECT BOX is not automatically cleared (3) as you may re-use it elsewhere.

Tap the CLEAR button on the SELECT TOOLBAR to clear the SELECT BOX.

The copy in the SELECT BOX may be rotated using the SPIN HANDLES (1) or in steps using the ROTATE buttons (2) on the SELECT TOOLBAR.

If you had used the CUT button (1) instead of COPY, the original selected area of the screen is cleared (2).

Use CUT to move areas of the screen, rather than copy.

Use CUT also to clear large areas of the screen (Select the area, tap CUT and then CLEAR), instead of using the erase tool (in DRAW MODE).

If you had chosen the CROP button (1) after selecting an area, a pop up appears (2) where you can elect to "CROP AND CLEAR", or "CROP AND RESTORE".

If you select the "CROP AND CLEAR" option, the screen will be cleared and the selection placed in the SELECT BOX (1) which you can then re-size, rotate and/or re-locate before pasting.

REMEMBER TO PASTE the cropped selection back to the screen.

"CROP AND RESTORE" restores the last screen. This lets you paste in an image temporarily so that you can select and copy an area from that image, and subsequently remove it.

Select the "CROP AND UNDO LAST PASTE" if you wish to add the selected area to your work, say to build up a collage (see example below).


Importing and Cropping Photos to create a collage

Tap the IMAGES button (1) on the main toolbar.

A popover (2) appears which you can use to select a photo from the iPad album or camera roll. After selecting a photo, you will be prompted whether to open the selected photo to fit the screen (3) or opened as a resizable image

Select "Fit Screen" if you wish to crop the photo and only use a section of the photo in your screen image. The photo will be initially be pasted to fit the screen and you can make a selection in SELECT MODE and crop the area you require.

Select "Resizable image" if you wish to re-size, rotate and/or re-position the photo without cropping. The photo is then placed in the SELECT BOX which you can adjust.

Select "Fit Screen" (3) for this example as we are going to "crop" from it.

The photo will be pasted to fit the screen (1).

To crop the photo, tap the SELECT (2) button first and adjust the SELECT BOX (3) to fit over the area to be cropped.

Tap the CROP button (4).

You will be prompted (5) whether to "CROP AND CLEAR SCREEN" or "CROP AND RESTORE". Select CROP AND CLEAR SCREEN for this example.

The screen is cleared, and a copy of the selected area is placed in the SELECT BOX (1) which you can re-size, rotate and/or re-position.

Tap the PASTE button to paste the contents of the SELECT BOX back to the screen when ready.

REMEMBER TO TAP THE PASTE BUTTON!!

After pasting an image (1) you may want to add more images alongside, for example to create a collage.

Tap the IMAGES button (2) again to select another photo.

Select the "Fit screen" option as before.

The selected image (1) will be pasted on the the screen. Note that the original image will be pasted over and hidden.

To crop the photo, tap the SELECT button first and select the area of the photo to be cropped (2). Then tap the CROP button (3).

This time select the "CROP AND RESTORE" option when prompted, otherwise the screen would be cleared.

The screen image is restored with the image that was first pasted (1) and the cropped selection from the second image is placed in the SELECT BOX (2), where it can be scaled, rotated or moved.

Finally, when in position remember to paste the contents of the SELECT BOX back to the screen by tapping the PASTE button (1).

Repeat the process to add more images to build up the collage.


Export the image in the SELECT BOX - email, icon library and Facebook

In SELECT MODE, the SELECT BOX (1) is used to contain an image which may be re-sized, rotated and pasted onto the screen image.

You can also export the image in the SELECT BOX by using the EXPORT button (2) in the SELECT MODE toolbar.

This is similar the to the EXPORT button on the MAIN TOOLBAR which is used to email the entire screen image, or upload it to Facebook.

The EXPORT options are:

Email (3). You can email the image in the SELECT BOX as a jpg or png file. The png file format preserves transparency in the image. Note that the iPad email app is launched and your iPad email account has to be correctly set up.

Save as icon (4). Select this option to save the image in the SELECT BOX as an icon which you can re-use. The icon appears under the "MyIcons category" when you tap the ICON button in the MAIN TOOLBAR.

Save to Photo Album (5). This option returns the image in the SELECT BOX to the Photo Album and places it in the camera roll. Useful for cropping images in the Photo Album without overwriting the original image.

Upload to FACEBOOK (6). Sends the image in the SELECT BOX to your FACEBOOK wall. A Facebook account is required with appropriate permissions granted. Connect to Facebook first (10).

If you choose to export and save the SELECT BOX image as an icon, the popover (1) appears where you can verify the icon image (2) and type in an icon name (3).

Tap (4) to save to the icon library. The icon will appear in the "My Icons" category when you tap the ICONS button on the main toolbar (5).

Tap the ICONS button (5) on the main toolbar also to manage and delete icons which are no longer required.

Similarly, you choose to upload to Facebook, a dialog box appears where you can type in a description (1) before sending it to Facebook (2).

INSERT A MAP


  1. Basics
  2. Pan and zoom

Basics

The MAPS feature lets you use the built-in mapping functionality on your iPad to generate a map and paste it into your screen image.

You can adjust the size of the map, it's magnification in the MAP BOX and position on screen prior to pasting.

Tap the MAPS button (1) and the MAPS TOOLBAR (2) appears, along with a MAP BOX (6).

You can type in an address (3) and tap the GO button (4) and a map is generated in the MAP BOX (6).

Or you could tap the FIND ME button (5) to generate a map of your vicinity. The iPad location services must be enabled (pin iPad Settings) to use this feature.

Note that the MAP BOX (6) can be resized by dragging the ARROWHEAD HANDLES (7) or moved by dragging the DOT HANDLES (8)

See note on "Pan and zoom" the map below, to adjust the magnification of the map and scrolling within the MAP BOX.


PRESET MAP BOX SIZES AND POSITION
Although you can resize and position the MAP BOX using one of the ARROWHEAD or DOT handles, you can select a preset size as indicated by the buttons in (1). Tap any of these and the MAP BOX will be resized as indicated below.

Once you have generated a map, re-sized and positioned as required on your screen, remember to PASTE the map to add it to your screen image by tapping the PASTE button (2).

To roll up the MAPS TOOLBAR and hide the MAIN TOOLBAR tap (3).

While open in the DOCS BOX, you can pan or zoom the document in the box (see note below on panning and zooming).

When you have the section of the document you wish to use visible in the DOCS BOX, and the DOCS BOX has been sized and positioned accordingly, remember to PASTE the map to add it to your screen image by tapping the PASTE button (3).

To roll up the MAPS TOOLBAR and hide the MAIN TOOLBAR tap (3).

Examples of selecting the MAP BOX PRESET SIZES.
From the left the buttons are LARGE (1), STANDARD (2), LEFT (3) and RIGHT (4), corresponding to the buttons in the MAPS TOOLBAR described above.


Pan and zoom

Panning
When a map is first generated in the MAP BOX, you can "pan" the map within the box. Simply drag with your finger in the MAP BOX.

Note that if you have tapped OUTSIDE the MAP BOX (or touched any screen area OUTSIDE the MAP BOX), the map is "frozen" in the MAP BOX and if you drag with your finger, you would be dragging the MAP BOX rather than panning the map in the MAP BOX. If you wish to restore panning, DOUBLE TAP IN the MAP BOX.

Remember!
Tap OUTSIDE the MAP BOX to freeze the map and disable panning. DOUBLE TAP INSIDE the MAP BOX to restore panning (and zooming).

Zooming
As described above, if you drag the map with your finger (assuming panning is enabled), you would be panning the map within the MAP BOX. if you use your thumb and forefinger and apply a pinching action INSIDE the MAP BOX, the map would zoom accordingly.

If you find that you are unable to pan or zoom as described here, you may have indadvertedly touched the screen outside the MAP BOX. This would have "frozen" the map. DOUBLE TAP INSIDE the MAP BOX to re-enable panning and zooming.

Remember to PASTE the map to add it to your screen image by tapping the PASTE button (2).

IMPORT DOCUMENTS


  1. Basics
  2. Pan and zoom
  3. Examples
    1. Marking up a document
    2. Marking up an email attachment
  4. Transfer docs using iTunes File Sharing

Basics

The DOCS feature lets you read in various (.pdf, .doc,. xls and .ppt) document files. You can transfer these document files to your iPad using iTunes (see note below on how to transfer using iTunes) and open them here.

Or you could open the Documents from other apps, through the iPad "Open in .." function found in many apps.

The document file is opened in a DOCS BOX which can be re-sized and re-positioned anywhere on the screen. Within the DOCS BOX, you can scroll scroll or pan the document to the required section and paste it on to the screen image.

You can then MARK UP the screen image. Note that the original document files are not affected.

Tap the DOCS button (1) and the DOCS SELECTION popover (2) appears where you can select a document type (3) or a document from the list (4).

Document files which have been transferred to your iPad using iTunes will appear according to the document type chosen.

Once you have selected a document, the DOCS TOOLBAR (1) appears and the document will be read into the DOCS BOX (5).

The DOCS BOX (5) can be resized by dragging the ARROWHEAD HANDLES (7) or moved by dragging the DOT HANDLES (6). Or use one of the PRESET BOXSIZE buttons (2). See below for samples of the preset box sizes.

After panning and zooming (see below) to get to the required section of the document, and after you have re-sized and positioned the DOCS BOX on the screen as necessary, tap the PASTE button(3) to paste the section of the document in the DOCS BOX to the screen image.

It is important that you remember to PASTE the contents of the DOCS BOX, otherwise you will not be able to continue to work with it on the screen image.

Tap (4) to hide/unhide the MAIN TOOLBAR.

TIP
Use the screen image with the pasted document as a BACKGROUND before marking it up.

This would allow you to keep your mark up and highlighting edits separate. You can MERGE the background with the screen image when you have finished with the mark up or highlighting.

Tap here for more information on backgrounds.


Examples of selecting the MAP BOX PRESET SIZES.
From the left the buttons are LARGE (1), STANDARD (2), LEFT (3) and RIGHT (4), corresponding to the buttons in the MAPS TOOLBAR described above.


Pan and zoom

Panning
When a document is first opened in the DOCS BOX, you can "pan (or scroll)" the document within the box. Simply drag with your finger in the DOCS BOX.

Note that if you have tapped OUTSIDE the DOCS BOX (or touched any screen area OUTSIDE the DOCS BOX), the document is "frozen" in the DOCS BOX and if you drag with your finger, you would be dragging the DOCS BOX rather than panning the document. If you wish to restore panning, DOUBLE TAP inside the DOCS BOX.

TIP
Tap outside the DOCS BOX to freeze the map and disable panning. DOUBLE TAP inside the DOCS BOX to restore panning (and zooming).

Zooming
As described above, if you drag the map with your finger (assuming panning is enabled), you would be panning the document within the DOCS BOX. However, if you use your thumb and forefinger and apply a pinching action inside the DOCS BOX, the document would zoom accordingly.

If you find that you are unable to pan or zoom as described here, you may have indadvertedly touched the screen outside the DOCS BOX. This would have "frozen" the document. DOUBLE TAP inside the DOCS BOX to re-enable panning and zooming.

Again, remember to PASTE the document to add it to your screen image by tapping the PASTE button (2).


Examples

Marking up a document

First, import a document using DOCS, for example a .pdf file that you wish to mark up or annotate.

After you have scrolled and zoomed to the section you require, paste it on to the screen (1). Use the CROP feature in the SELECT MODE to trim, tidy up and position the section as convenient for your work (for example at the side of the screen leaving a space for your notes as shown in the image on the left).

Tap the BACKGRD (4) button and send the screen image to the background.

You can then mark it up (2) with the HIGHLIGHTER in DRAW MODE or annotate and write notes (3) alongside. You can also insert icons as shown in the image on the left to enhance your notes.

Using a background allows you to erase just the annotations which are over the background if needed, leaving the background intact. When done, you can merge in the background.


Marking up an email attachment

You can open a document which has been sent as an email attachment, for example a .pdf file.

First, open the email in your iPad mail app and tap the ATTACHMENT (1) as shown on the left.

The document (2) is opened and you can view it on the screen. Tap the Export button (3) to open the document to another compatible app.

A popover (4) appears showing available apps which can handle the document type.

Select Page Composer.

Page Composer is then launched and the email attacment is opened in a DOCS BOX (5), with the DOCS TOOLBAR (6) available.

As usual, you can resize the DOCS BOX, pan and scroll the document in the BOX, reposition the DOCS BOX and when ready, paste (7) the visible contents of the DOCS BOX on to the screen image.

You can then mark up the screen image (or send it to background first, if preferred. See above) as required using the DRAW tools, WRITE MODE, ICONS, etc.

You can then email back the screen image or save the screen image.


Transfer docs using iTunes File Sharing

Run iTunes on the PC or Mac which you normally connect your iPad for synchronization. The iTunes screen will be similar to that shown on the left (1).

Locate your iPad device under Devices (2) in the panel on the left and click to select.

Click on the Apps tab (3) and then scroll the right panel until File Sharing (4) and the corresponding apps appear below.

Locate the Page Composer app (5) and click on it. The documents for Page Composer will appear in the Documents panel on the right (6). Drag any of your documents from your PC or Mac into this Documents panel and sync the iPad.

Note that the document files must have the correct extensions, i.e. .pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt

INSERT IMAGES FROM THE PHOTO ALBUM


  1. Basics
  2. Get picture to fit screen
  3. Get picture as resizable image

Basics

The IMAGES feature lets you access the photos in the iPad photo album, including the Camera Roll (where photos taken with the iPad camera are placed) and other albums created and sync'd using iTunes.

You can also save your screen image back to the Photo Album.

Tap the IMAGES button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR and a popover appears. You can select "Get from Photo Album" (2) if you wish to import a photo, or "Camera" (3) to use the iPad Camera and capture a new image (not available on all iPads).

If you select "Get from Photo Album", a popover (1) appears and you can select the album from which to choose your photo.

Select a photo. You can then choose to open the photo to "Fit screen" (2) or as a "Resizable image" in the SELECT BOX (3).

If you had selected the CAMERA option to obtain a new image, the iPad Camera preview (1) is launched. Both from and rear cameras (2) are available (except for early iPad models).

Tap the camera button (3) to take a photo and open the captured image in Page Composer.

As with obtaining an image from the Photo Album, you can use the captured image as "full screen" or in a resizable SELECT BOX.


Get picture to fit screen

If you had selected "Fit screen", the photo will be pasted to fit the screen (1), keeping its original proportions. The photo then becomes part of the screen image.


Get picture as resizable image

If you had chosen to open the photo as a "Resizable image" ", the photo will be opened in SELECT MODE and placed in the SELECT BOX which may be re-sized and positioned as necessary.

The SELECT MODE TOOLBAR (1) is displayed.

You can drag the image in the SELECT BOX to re-position it.

Drag one of the ARROWHEAD HANDLES to re-size the image. If you drag one of the corner handles, the image proportions will be kept.

Drag a DOT handle instead of an ARROWHEAD to reposition the image. This is sometimes more convenient and accurate than dragging the box itself. Further, the side and top handles constrain the re-positioning in the horizontal and vertical directions respectively.

You can rotate the image in the SELECT BOX by adjusting one of the rotation controls in (1).

The rotated image is displayed (2).

Finally, remember to tap the PASTE button (3) to paste the image to the screen

ICONS


  1. Basics
  2. Installing the free icons

Basics

The ICONS feature lets you use and maintain a library of icons to use with your screen image.

You can create your own icons from an existing screen image using the EXPORT function in SELECT MODE.

Or, you can also create your own icons using any graphics package and transfer them to your iPad using iTunes (see installation instructions below).

A free set of icons is available from www.daydex.com which you can install using iTunes.

Tap the ICONS button (1) to access the ICON library.

If you have icons installed, the ICON CATEGORY popover appears (2). Categories are groups of icons, for example arrows, or speech bubbles. If you create your own icons using the SELECT MODE, your icons will be placed in the "My Icons" (3) category.

The free set of icons have some monochrome icons (4) which you can customize and add color.

A list of icons in the selected category appears (1) from which you can select an icon.

You can delete icons by tapping the CLEANUP (2) button which allows you to select icons for deletion.

The selected icon appears in a SELECT BOX (1) and the SELECT MODE TOOLBAR (2) appears.

You can then resize, rotate and/or re-position the icon as needed.

All the SELECT MODE operations are applicable and there is an additional COLOR button (3) for adjusting the color of the icon.

Don't forget to PASTE your icon to your screen image.


Installing the free icons

First download free icons from www.daydex.com and save them on your desktop (PC or Mac). You will need a desktop or laptop computer running iTunes to install icons.

Run iTunes (1) on your PC and make sure your iPad is connected using the USB cable.

Locate your iPad (2) under Devices in iTunes and select it.

Click on Apps (3) and scroll down to the File Sharing section.

Locate the app in the apps list (4) and click to select it. The documents panel (5) appears on the right.

Drag the downloaded icon file from your PC and drop it in the documents panel.

The installed icons should now appear in the drop down list when you tap the ICONS button.

EXPORT - EMAIL OR FACEBOOK


  1. Basics
  2. Exporting a selected area

Basics

The EXPORT feature lets you send your entire screen image by email, save it to the Photo Album or upload it directly to Facebook.

Tap the EXPORT button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR.

If the screen is blank (ie. there is no image to export), an alert appears.

Otherwise a popover appears showing the options to email (3), save to Photo Album (4) or upload the screen image (2) to Facebook (5).

Note that if you wish to upload to Facebook, you have to connect first by tapping (6).

Images saved to the Photo Album are placed in the Camera Roll.

If you select the EMAIL option (1), you will be prompted whether to send the screen image as a jpg (2) or png (3) file.

Select png if you wish to preserve transparency for use in other graphics packages.

The iPad MAIL app is used to send the image. Make sure that your iPad is set up correctly to send emails.

If you choose to upload to Facebook, you have to connect first with your account (1) and if uploading for the first time, you will be prompted to allow Page Composer to access your Facebook wall (2).

A popover (1) appears where you can verify your image (2) to be uploaded and type in a description (3).

Tap (4) when ready to upload and Facebook will confirm a successful upload.

Check your Facebook account for further confirmation and if you wish to move or share the image elsewhere.


Exporting a selected area

Note that in SELECT MODE (1) you can export the image in the SELECT BOX (2).

There is an EXPORT button (3) on the SELECT MODE TOOLBAR, similar to the EXPORT button (4) on the MAIN TOOLBAR (3).

Use the EXPORT button on the SELECT MODE TOOLBAR (3) to export just the selected area (2) instead of the whole screen. A visual check is available from the thumbnails.

Note also that there is an additional option here to export the SELECT BOX image as an icon (5). See the SELECT MODE help screens for more information.

Use the EXPORT function in SELECT MODE to effectively export a cropped image of your screen.

BACKGROUNDS


  1. Basics
  2. Examples
    1. Forms
    2. Marking up a document

Basics

A BACKGROUND is a visible underlay which is unaffected as you create and edit your screen image. For example a background could display ruled lines, grid dots or grid lines under your screen image.

You can also open any file as a background. You could for example take a photo of a form, open it from the CAMERA ROLL using IMAGES and subsequently use it as a background form to be filled in. Or, you could open a .pdf document and use it as a background to mark up or annotate with your notes.

Or you could quickly send the screen image you are working on to the background and continue drawing and wriing over it.

Finally, when done you must MERGE the background before saving or exporting, for it to become part of your screen image.

Tap the BACKGRD button (1) and a popover (2) appears displaying the background options.

The standard backgrounds included are ruled lines, grid dots and grid lines (3). The line, dot and grid spacings on these standard backgrounds are adjustable in SETTINGS.

You can also specify a custom background (4) in SETTINGS. Use this option if there is a particular file you frequently use as a background.

The MERGE BACKGROUND TO SCREEN (5) option merges or "flattens" the background with the screen image, and it becomes part of the screen image. Otherwise, when you save the screen image the background is not saved with it. The background is cleared after the merge operation.

The SEND SCREEN TO BACKGROUND (6) option sends the existing screen image to the background. This is convenient when you have just pasted a document or image and wish to quickly use it as a background. The screen image is cleared after sending it to the background.

There is also an option to CLEAR (7) the background. You can also clear the background when you tap the NEW button on the MAIN TOOLBAR, but in that case, the screen image is also cleared.


Examples

Forms

First, you would need a form (1) to fill in and there are a few ways to create or obtain a form. You could, for example

  1. Take a photo with your iPad camera, import from the CAMERA ROLL, crop as necessary.
  2. Create a form from scratch, using the TEXT MODE to create the labels.
  3. Open a form which has been saved as a pdf, doc or xls file. Import the file using DOCS, size and position it, paste and crop as necessary.
  4. Get a form from the internet, using Safari for example. Do a screen capture (press the iPad HOME and STANDBY (ON/OFF) buttons simultaneously) and locate the saved screen image from the CAMERA ROLL.

You could save the form using FILES (for re-use later) and re-open as a background, or you could send the screen image which now contains the form to the background.

You can then fill in the form using finger writing or typing. You can also sign the form.

The image on the left shows the form being filled in using WRITE MODE.

Place the TARGET BOX (2) over the appropriate field, write in the WRITE BOX (3) and PASTE in the TARGET BOX (manually or automatically with the AUTO-ADVANCE feature).

This is a good example of using the WRITE MODE to hand-write (or finger-write) with precision on your iPad.

You can also paste an image or photo (4).

When done, remember to MERGE in the form before sending it off by email.


Marking up a document

You can import a document using DOCS, for example a .pdf file (See the DOCS MODE help screens) that you wish to mark up or annotate.

After you have scrolled and zoomed to the section you require, paste it on to the screen (1). Use the CROP feature in the SELECT MODE to tidy up and position the section as convenient for your work (for example at the side of the screen leaving a space for your notes as shown in the image on the left).

Tap the BACKGRD button and send the screen image to the background.

You can then mark it up (2) with the HIGHLIGHTER in DRAW MODE or annotate and write notes (3) alongside. You can also insert icons as shown in the image on the left to enhance your notes.

Using a background allows you to erase just the annotations which are over the background if needed, leaving the background intact. When done, you can merge in the background.

SETTINGS


In SETTINGS, you can customize the app according to your personal preference.

Tap the SETTINGS button (1) to configure preferences. A pop-over (2) appears where you can make your changes.

  • Show stretch arrows. Set to OFF to hide the ARROWHEAD and DOT handles used to re-size and re-position the BOX when dragged.
  • Tint boxes Set to OFF to disable the red tint in the SELECT BOX when it contains a copy to be pasted.
  • File operations confirmation. Set to off if you want to disable the confirmation alert.
  • Writing left to right. Set to off for languages where you write right to left, in WRITE MODE.
  • Use HTML in email. Set to off to disable HTML in email.
  • Box heights. Optimal values listed, change as necessary to suit your work.
  • Number of trash files. Specify the number of files to be kept in the trash folder.
  • Background. Specify spacing between lines, dots and grids in the standard backgrounds, as well as an optional background file.

SETTINGS TOOLBAR BUTTONS

Closes this pop-over.
Restore from SETTINGS. Tap this button if you have made changes but wish to revert to the saved settings.
Restore from DEFAULTS. Tap this button if you have made changes but wish to revert to the recommended settings when first installed (factory settings).
Apply changes. If you have made changes, tap this button to apply those changes. The changes will be applied but not saved. Tap SAVE SETTINGS to save the changes.
Save settings. Save changes so that the new settings will be applied the next time the app is restarted.

FILES


  1. Basics
  2. Other File Operations

a. Basics

Use the FILES feature to save your screen image as a png file.

Saved files may be opened for editing or you could open it as a background.

There are utilities to rename and delete files, and files may be transferred to your PC using iTunes.

These are explained more in detail below.

Tap the FILES button (1) to display to FILE options popover (2).

If you have a blank screen image (nothing to save), the options displayed allow you to open a file for editing (3), or access the file utilities (4) to rename and delete files.

You can also open a file as a background using the FILE utilities option (4).

If you are working on a new screen image, you can save it to a new file and have the file name generated automatically for you. Or, you can specify your own file name or overwrite an existing file with your screen image.

Tap (1) to quick save to a new file using a time stamp to name the file automatically. You can rename the file later.

Tap (2) if you wish to specify a file name or overwrite an existing file with your screen image.

Tap (3) to list and and select a file to open for editing. If you open a file for editing, the file replaces your current screen image. If this was not inteded, you can tap the UNDO button to recover your work.

Tap (4) for the file utilities to rename and delete a file. You can also open a file as a background with this option.

If you have recently opened a file and currently editing it, there are additions options in the popover.

Tap (1) to quick save to a new file using a time stamp to name the file automatically. In this case you are saving an edited copy of the file you have opened. The original file remains unchanged.

Tap (2) to quickly overwrite the existing file which you have opened. The existing file is overwritten with the current screen image.

Tap (3) if you wish to specify a file name or overwrite a different file with your screen image.

Tap (4) for the file utilities to rename and delete a file. You can also open a file as a background with this option.

Tap (5) for the file utilities to rename and delete a file. You can also open a file as a background with this option.

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Other File Operations

Select the FILE MANAGEMENT option in the above to obtain a list of files which you can select to:

  1. Rename
  2. Open for editing
  3. Open as a background
  4. Delete

A popover (1) appears with the list of files and options at the top.

Select a file from the list (2) and then either

  1. Tap (3) to rename the file
  2. Tap (4) to open the file either for editing or as a background
  3. Tap (5) to delete the file.
  4. Delete

If you choose to open the selcted file (1), you can then tap (2) to open a file for editing or (3) to open a file as a background.

Tap here for more information on BACKGROUNDS.

NEW - CLEAR SCREEN - ver 1.1.3


Tap the NEW button to clear the screen and start on a fresh image.

Note that if you have a background, you will be prompted if you wish to clear the background also.

epiNote HD+ - FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  1. How do I move something I've drawn on the screen?
  2. I've typed some text in the text box but it's not showing on the screen. Why has it disappeared?
  3. The toolbars have disappeared. How can I get it back?
  4. I've opened a file as a background and drawn over it, but when I saved my work, the background is gone. What happened to the background?
  5. What is the DOUBLE-TAP used for?
  6. I've tapped the PASTE button to paste an image but nothing seems to have happened. Where is the pasted image?
  7. When I use the eraser, why does it appear away from my finger?
  8. I have an image which I use frequently. Can I add it to the icon library?

a. How do I move something I've drawn on the screen?

Use the SELECT MODE. First select the area to be moved by positioning the SELECT BOX over the area and adjust to fit. Tap the CUT button, drag the SELECT BOX to the new location and tap the PASTE button.

b. I've typed some text in the text box but it's not showing on the screen. Why has it disappeared?

You may have tapped another button without pasting the text first. The typed text has not disappeared, it's still in the TEXT BOX. Simply tap the TYPE button and the TEXT BOX will appear again. Remember to tap the PASTE button to paste the text on to the screen canvas.

c. The toolbars have disappeared. How can I get it back?

Tap the SHOWTOOLBARS button at the bottom of the screen to hide/unhide the toolbars.
Some features may have a SECONDARY TOOLBAR located below the MAIN TOOLBAR. You can roll up the SECONDARY TOOLBAR and hide the MAIN TOOLBAR to view more screen space.

Tap the MENU UP button to "roll up" the SECONDARY TOOLBAR and hide the MAIN TOOLBAR.
Tap the MENU DOWN button to restore the MAIN TOOLBAR.
See the DRAW MODE help screens for another example.

d. I've opened a file as a background and drawn over it, but when I saved my work, the background is gone. What happened to the background?

Remember to MERGE the background with your screen image BEFORE saving your work.

e. What is the double-tap used for?

In SELECT MODE, TYPE, WRITE, MAPS, DOCS, IMAGES and ICONS, a box is used to hold a copy of the screen area, text, map etc. The box contents will eventually be PASTED on to the screen image.

Generally, double-tap outside the box area to paste the contents of the box as a convenient and quick alternative to tapping the PASTE button.

In WRITE MODE, double-tap the screen outside both TARGET and WRITE BOXES to paste the contents of the TARGET BOX and advance the TARGET BOX.

In TYPE MODE, double-tap the screen outside the TEXT BOX to paste the text in the TEXT BOX on to the screen. Similarly with MAPS, DOCS, IMAGES (if you select resizable image) and ICONS.

In SELECT MODE, if the SELECT BOX is empty, the screen area under the SELECT BOX will be copied into the SELECT BOX if you double-tap the screen outside the box. Otherwise, if the SELECT BOX has an image, it will be PASTED on to the screen.

f. I've tapped the PASTE button to paste an image but nothing seems to have happened. Where is the pasted image?

It's under the BOX which contained the copy of your image. Just drag the BOX away and you will see the image on the screen.

Note that the BOXES are not cleared automatically after pasting (except the WRITE MODE TARGET BOX) as you may wish to re-use the content in another location or edit it.

g. When I use the eraser, why does it appear away from my finger?

The eraser offset is intentional so that your finger does not obstruct what you are trying to erase. The offset is adjustable under the PEN SETTINGS.

h. I have an image which I use frequently. Can I add it to the icon library?

Yes. You can either transfer the image (for example, your logo) using iTunes (see the ICONS HELP screen), or if you can use the SELECT MODE to export it to the icon library.