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The Tool Box

The Tool Box, shown on the right, consists of the 48 color palette and three sets of buttons:

      Pattern  --  Three Buttons for UnDo and ReDo Control
      Edit       --  Seven Buttons for Mark, Copy and Move Control
      Special  --  Three Buttons for Special Features.

Buttons who's captions are gray are disabled, but will become enabled when they are needed.  For example, until the Book mark button is selected the first time, the UnDo button is not needed.  Further, the ReDo button is not needed until the UnDo button is used.

Color Palette

The 48 Color Palette consists of 47 colors that can be changed by the User and one fixed color called the "Erase" color.  The "Erase" color is at the bottom right of the Tool Box Palette and is marked by the letter "E.".  For information on selecting colors to be used in the palette, see the Color Manager help.  The 48th color, "Erase," is fixed and cannot be changed.  The Erase color can be used like a color to create tapered corners, make space for a Cabachone, etc.

Tool Box Buttons

Pattern Buttons

The purpose of the Pattern Button set is to provide a means to protect the design from undesirable effects or errors.  The top, or Book mark, button provides a way to establish a point to return to, if the need arises.  The number of book marks allowed is 99.

Immediately below the Book mark button is the UnDo button.  Initially, this button is unavailable, as shown.  It becomes active the first time the Book mark Button is selected and remains active as long as there is an Book mark in the stack.

Book marks are stacked in the order they are created and an index to the stack is shown at the bottom of the Sketch Pad in the Undo Count field.  A Book mark is created each time the Book mark Button is selected.  

When the "UnDo" button is selected, the last Book mark is used to restore the pattern to the configuration it was when the Book mark was created and the UnDo Count is reduced by one.  Also, the "ReDo" button is enabled.

Old Book marks are not discarded so that the user can ReDo the pattern to the next Book mark after the last UnDo.  The ReDo button can be selected repeatedly until the pattern is restored to the last Book mark created previously.

Edit Buttons

There are three groups of edit buttons, a set for selecting the action to be taken and two sets for selecting how to copy or move a marked motif.  To start the editing process, first select the "Mark" button.  The complete set of edit buttons will become active but before using them the motif, or area of interest, must be marked.

To "Mark" a motif, the entire motif must be visible on the screen.  Move the mouse pointer to the upper left corner, as shown on the left.  Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the mouse pointer to the lower right corner of the motif, as shown on the right.

Note: The mouse can be positioned at any corner of a motif and dragged to the motif's opposite corner.

The Counter Clockwise (CCW) and ClockWise (CW) buttons are disabled for all but the Loom and Square Stitch pattern types

The image below is an example of how a single motif, the one used above, can be expanded into a larger motif using the editing "Flip" and "Rotate" buttons.

Special Buttons

There are four Special Buttons, "Fill", "Swap", "Clean Up" and "Reset."

The "Fill" Button

The Fill button enables a special mode for filling bounded outlines with the color currently associated with the left mouse button.  A boundary can be a bead or beads that are touching or a boundary can be the edge of the pattern.  Touching boundary beads can be in one or in several colors.  The fill color must be selected before selecting the "Fill" button.  The "Fill" feature is automatically disabled after the process completes and must be reselected to fill again.

Note: Before using the "Fill" feature, it is a good idea to book mark the pattern to protect from color leaks.  The Fill Color can leak thorough at any point where a bead is of the same color as the fill color or is the same as the background color used to set up the grid.  The color used to set up a new pattern grid is white.

The "Swap" Button

The Swap Button enables a special mode for swapping any bead of the same color as that associated with the left mouse button with the color associated with the right mouse button.  Select the colors for both mouse buttons before selecting the "Swap" button.  All beads of the selected color will be replaced.

The "Color?" Button

The "Color?" Button enables a special mode for determining the color of a specific bead within a pattern.  To determin a color, click on the "Color?" button, then move the mouse pointer to the bead who's color is to be determined and click on it.  Avoid clicking on the border around the bead.  When the color is determined, a choice will be offered to use or not use the color.  Selecting "Yes" sets the Left Mouse button to the determined color.  Selecting "No" cancels the operation.  Either answer resets this mode.  The "Color?" button must be selected each time a color is to be determined.

The Clean Up Button

Selecting the "Clean Up" button causes the program to re-order the Tool Box Palette, moving all used color to the top of the palette.  Also, colors that are used and then changed using the mouse pointer will remain marked as used.  The "Clean Up" feature will cause unused but marked colors to be unmarked.

The Reset Button

If the "Mark" button or the "Fill" buttons are activated inadvertently, selecting "Reset" will de-activate them.

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