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5.03 Changing design orientation and size

In TactileView, the ‘design size’ refers to the size of the tactile graphic, represented on screen by the white area. The design size can be the size of a full sheet of paper, but can also be extended to span multiple pages; see: Paper size vs. design size.

Changing design size

By default, when you open a new document, the design will have the same size as a full sheet of paper. When you wish to add or remove white space to your design, you can drag the purple markers along the four sides of the design. Notice that this does not scale the contents of the design but only extends or narrows it.

Enlarging the design using the purple markers

Figure 1. Drag the purple markers to enlarge or reduce the design size.

Resizing the design

The blue marker in the bottom right corner can be used to scale the entire design, i.e. enlarge or reduce the design size and all elements. This will change the resolution of the design. Braille characters have a fixed size, so text labels will not be scaled. Keep in mind that text labels might start to overlap with other elements in the design.

Resizing the design by dragging the blue marker in the bottom right corner

Figure 2. Drag the blue marker in the bottom right corner to scale the design.

Change page orientation

The page orientation can be changed at any time to suit the dimensions of the design. The position and size of the image contents will not change, but the edges of the white area will be adapted automatically to fit the design to one or more full pages in the new page orientation. You can change the page orientation in several ways: select ‘Change the orientation to landscape/portrait’ from the toolbar of the design (right vertical toolbar when nothing is selected), from the ‘Page formatting’ toolbar in the second horizontal toolbar, or from the Design menu.

‘Page formatting’ icon: Page formatting icon
‘Change the orientation to landscape’ icon: Change the orientation to landscape
‘Change the orientation to portrait’ icon: Change the orientation to portrait

If the image contents fits within a single sheet of paper in the new page orientation, the excess white space will be trimmed in one direction, and added in the other. For example, when changing from portrait to landscape format, the white space on the bottom of the page will be trimmed and the design is widened. This change in page orientation is always reversible later on.

Change page orientation when the contents fits on a single sheet in the new orientation

Figure 1. The contents will fit on a single sheet (red border) after changing the page orientation; the white space at the bottom will be trimmed, the right side will be extended.

If on the other hand the original design would not fit within a single page in the new orientation, the design is automatically extended in both directions to fit on two pages. This change is also reversible.

Change page orientation when the contents does not fit on a single sheet in the new orientation

Figure 2. The contents of the design will only fit on two pages (red borders); the white space ate the bottom and right side will be extended to fit the design across both pages.