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planchart Tutorial

Lesson 6

The Picture Menu

In this lesson we learn about the Picture menu features of : Add New; Paste; Load Standard Pictures ; Using Pictures from a previpously Saved file and Removing, Copying or Changing Pictures

Add New

A file dialog window will open for you to navigate to the location of the picture and to select it. Currently BMP, JPG and GIF formats are supported. An example of the dialog box is show here.

Note: In some circumstances, depending on your mouse movements this window may appear to disappear. You will find it in the bottom task bar.

In default, the very first time, the planchart folder will be displayed (later the default folder will be the folder you last selected a file from). To navigate to the folder you require, double-click on the c:. This will display all the top-level folders held on the C drive. Scroll to the folder your pictures are in. If they are in a lower level folder then double-click on that folder to display the folders at the next level and so on. Each time a folder is selected the names of all elegible picture files will be shown in the left pane. If it is the one you require on the chart click on it. The name will be displayed in the box above. Click OK.

Let's work through an example. Let us assume you have a folder called photos on your C drive. Under photos you have your photographs in folders say by event_date. So lets assume you have a folder called wedding_may2009 under your folder called photos. To get to wedding_may2009 you would first double-click c: at the top of the list. This will show you the names of all the folders including folder photos. Double-click photos will then show you all the folders under photos including wedding_may2009. Each time the left pane will show the eligible file name. Click on the desired photo file name and click OK.

After clicking OK the picture will be displayed on the chart. The bottom right corner of the picture will have a red dot. Very large pictures will cover the whole chart and the red dot will not be visible.  In this case keep moving the picture up and to the left. You need to get to the red dot in the bottom right corner of the picture. Once there you can re-size the picture by dragging the red dot up and left. You may have to drag the picture down again to have sufficient space to re-size. You may have to do this several times depending on the how big the picture was.

To summarise: Pictures can be moved by placing the cursor on it and dragging or re-sized by grabbing the red dot in bottom right corner and dragging

Paste from Clipboard

Images and Pictures available in another application may be copied to the Windows clipboard from that application. The image/picture must be open and visible in your other application and that application must have the facility to copy the displayed image/picture. How you copy a displayed image from another application depends on that application but normally it is available from a menu item such as Edit.Copy or it may be available via right_click and copy from a drop down menu. The action of copying a displayed image will put that image into Windows clipboard. The image in the clipboard may be pasted here. This allows images other than BMP; JPG; Gif and WMF to be used in planchart. The image will be placed on the chart. It is treated in exactly the same way as if it was added from a file by using Picture.Add New from the menu. For the sake of clarity, in summary, what you need to copy is the displayed image or picture and not the name of it.

Load from .plt file

Images used on a previous chart and saved may be used on this chart. The images will be placed in exactly the same places as they were on the saved chart.

Remove, Copy, Change Picture

Right-click on the picture. A dropdown menu will appear. Select 'Remove' to delete the picture, 'Copy' to make a copy of it (the copy may be placed anywhere you like) or 'Change' to replace this picture with another.


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