10 Plot Editor

The plot editor is opened from within the Plots category of the Design Tab.

Plots consist of insets laid out on a page. To add an inset, select an inset from the Library tab on the right hand side and drag and drop it onto the page.

Insets can be selected by clicking on them. Use the Shift key to add more insets to your selection and the Ctrl key to toggle whether an inset is selected or not. When one or more insets are selected, their properties are listed under Properties on the right hand side.

The Page setup command lets you set up the dimensions of the page. If you intend to print a plot using the operating system it is advisable to use the paper size and orientation associated with the printer in question.

The Export to PDF command exports the plot directly to a PDF file, bypassing the operating system’s printing facilities. This is often favourable to using the operating system as it provides better control of the output resolution and produces compact PDF files.

The Print command prints the plot using the operating system. Make sure to match the page settings with the page settings used for the plot.

10.1 Text Inset Formatting

The content of text insets can be edited by double clicking on the Text property in the Design tab when a text inset is selected.

A number of Markdown-inspired formatting options are available:

  • Lines are automatically wrapped but forced line breaks can be added as well.
  • Leave an empty line between text to separate paragraphs.
  • Prefix a paragraph with # to create a heading.
  • Prefix a paragraph with ^ to centre it or > to right align it.
  • Use the Insert command to insert special keywords such as $(ProjectName) which are automatically replaced with the correct content, most of which are editable from the Project category of the Design Tab.