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Basic Shapes

Basic shapes can be constructed from lines, moves (gaps) and cubic Bézier segments.

Constructing a Closed Curve Shape
image of closed curve path under construction
Shape Under Construction
image of completed shape
Completed Shape


Line and Fill Paint

Line and fill paint can be single colour or gradient paint.

Setting the Fill Paint
set fill colour dialog box


Line Styles

Paths may have different line styles.

Setting the Line Style
set line style dialog box



Paths may have start, mid or end markers.

Setting the End Marker
set end marker dialog box

A Path With a Dashed Line Style and Different Start, Mid and End Markers
image of a dashed path with markers

Markers can be oriented to follow the path's gradient vector or can be given a specific orientation.

Markers Oriented Along the Path's Gradient Vector
image of a path with arrows

Marker Orientation Independent of the Path's Gradient Vector
image of a path with markers

Marker colours may be independent of the path's colour.

Marker Colour Independent of the Path's Colour
image of a path with markers



Text can be added to images.

Adding Text to an Image
image containing text


Inserting Symbols

Symbols not available on your keyboard can be inserted.

Inserting a Symbol
symbol dialog box


Specifying Alternative LaTeX Text

You can specify alternative text to use when exporting to a LaTeX file.

Specifying Alternative LaTeX Text
edit text dialog box

The maths tool will automatically insert the maths shift $ characters.

Maths Mode Tool
inserting text with maths tool
alternative text has maths shift characters

The alternative LaTeX text can be automatically generated for known Unicode to LaTeX command mappings. Packages required for those mappings are added to the preamble.

Preamble Panel
canvas with preamble panel showing

The preamble information is used when exporting to complete LaTeX documents (used as an intermediate step for the export to PDF/PS/SVG functions) and when exporting to a class or package.

Image Generated Using PDFLaTeX
image as rendered by pdflatex

There are separate mappings for text mode and maths mode. New mappings can be added.

Text Mode Mappings
text mode mappings panel in configuration dialog

Extra mappings can be fetched from the Symbol Lookup page.



Links to bitmaps can be added to an image.

Including a Bitmap
image with a bitmap and arrow and some text



TeX's \parshape parameters can be constructed from a path.

Computing \parshape Parameters
applying parshape function

You can then save the parameters and input them into your document.

Resulting Shaped Paragraph
image of shaped paragraph

Similarly for \shapepar or \Shapepar.


Designing a Poster

Images can be used to construct frames used by the flowfram package to create posters, brochures or newspapers.

Images Can Be Used To Create Frames Used By the flowfram Package
image used to create a poster

The frame information can be exported to a LaTeX class or package file and used in a document.

Final Document
image of final poster
View PDF


Selecting Objects

Objects (paths, text, bitmaps or groups) can be selected using the mouse or the navigation menu. Objects can be given a description to help locate them in a cluttered image.

Object Description
description dialog box find by description dialog box
Assigning a DescriptionSelecting by Description


Editing Paths

Paths can be edited by moving, adding or deleting control points or by converting segment types.

Editing a Path
image of path in edit mode


Combining Paths

Multiple paths can be combined by appending, path union, path intersection, exclusive OR or subtraction.

Combining Paths
image of three paths resulting merged path resulting path union resulting path XOR resulting path intersection resulting path subtraction
Original Paths Merging Union XOR Intersection Subtraction

Adding Symmetry

Symmetry can be added to a shape.

A Symmetric Shape
image of a symmetric path in edit mode



Patterns can be applied to a shape.

image of a shape
Original Shape
image of pattern
Pattern Derived From Original Shape

Text Along a Path

A text area and a path can be combined to create a text along a path effect.

Text Along a Path
image of a text area and a path
A Text Area and a Path
image of text along a path
Text and Path Combined

The underlying path can be edited.

Editing Underlying Path
image of text-path in edit mode


User Interface

The user interface can be configured.
Look and Feel
image of look and feel panel in UI dialog
The language used for the resources and manual can be changed.
image of languages panel in UI dialog
Simplified Chinese
image of main window


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