FitPlot 4.1 Printer Companion ©2006-2012 Pamarcu
There are some more general preferences that you can save and will be common to all documents and they are showed in the preference panel.
From FitPlot 2.6 the panel has been logically rearranged in tabs, also because more options has arrived in 2.6 and more have to come in future version, so a re-organization has been needed.
Init image: if checked, the initImage is automatically inserted when a new document is created. It may be handy because just double clicking on it, opens up the dialog to replace it with another image in your disk.
Page, grid, guides and selections colors: use the color picker to set color FitPlot uses to show the page background, the grid color, selection and super selection rings and guides color. The non white background may be useful because in images with white borders (with grid not visible) can be difficult to see the real image bounds on a white background.
NOTE: the page color has no effects on printing.
Grid step: configurable for the three units available. You can decide to have a grid of 0.125 " or 2 cm or whatever you want. The grid step is saved as general preference (for new documents) and even with the document data (a saved document retains these settings).
Guides snap limit: this value establish the distance where magnetic guides have effect on objects sides snapping.
Image's quality setting (for editing):
This slider, in the environment preferences panel, allows the image's resolution setting when in editing mode, to speed up the redrawing. To see images in high quality to your screen, switch the above toolbar button to "high". When printing, images resolution used is always the best available for each image.
Note that even when high quality is set, while editing (moving or clipping), low quality image is shown.
This panel has been overcome by the new version 3.5. Now images copied from other programs (or via Drag&Drop from browsers) are always saved (in a temporary directory).
If you decide to save the document with such images, you'll be requested to save them, where you decide, using a prefix (so that the images will be named with your prefix plus a progressive number).
If you choose not to save, quitting the document will free the temporary images folder.
This has been necessary to give all images the possibility to use the new images adjust feature.
A side effect of this new behavior is that pasting images from a vectorial program, will preserve its "vectoriality", saving it as a PDF, with all advantages (resizing with no loss of quality).
Use of symbolic link.
Another problem with linked images was uprising when, after a document was saved, the linked images were moved to another place. Reopening that document, the file not found logo showed up in place of the no more found image. This has been solved with the automatic use of alias, so an image imported in a FitPlot document should be always trackable, even if moved some other place on the same disk.
Here you can establish how to behave when inserting new images on the FitPlot area. These regards resizing, constraining, rotating and applying styles as well as packing after insertion.
From the 2.6 version of FitPlot (on user suggestions) the packing algorithm has been improved including now two options, one suitable for users with single page printers and one suitable for plotters where the width is the roll width and the height is virtually unlimited.