Use the Comments & Markup function to attach written notes called comments to any object in a Canvas X Draw document. This can be useful for individuals and coworkers who share documents. Anyone who works on a document can use the Markup tools and attach multiple comments to any object, including paint, vector, and text objects.
To facilitate group work or revision, Canvas X Draw has a complete palette of tools that you can use to mark up documents, the Markup & Redline tools. This functionality keeps the markups and comments with the original document, yet separate. Using the Markup tools doesn’t alter the original document at all. Markups and comments can be easily created on another layer.
The Markup tools consist of the following tools:
Markup Highlighter: Creates a thick Bézier curve.
Markup Pen: Creates a freeform line.
Circle Redline: Creates an oval-shaped bounding box.
Rectangle Redline: Creates a rectangle bounding box.
Select a defined color ink from the menu for the pen stroke. You can also select an ink from the popup palette. To define color inks for the menu, click Customize. Name the ink to add it to the menu.
If an ink from the popup palette is selected, Custom appears in the menu.
Select a pen stroke width (only available for Markup Highlighter, Rectangle Redline, and Oval Redline tools).
Adjust the transparency of the markup object.
Use Tapered Stroke
Gives the stroke tapered ends.
Prompt For Comment
By default, this checkbox is selected to enable the New Markup Comment dialog box. Deselect the option if you don’t want the dialog box to appear when using these tools.
If you disable the New Markup Comment dialog box, you can use the text field in the Properties bar to enter your comment, if any.
If you deselect Always Display This Dialog, the New Markup Comment dialog box doesn’t appear when you create a markup. To enable this dialog box again, select the Prompt For Comment option in the Properties bar when a markup object is selected or created. Click the Display Palette button to open the Comments & Markup palette.
In the New Comment dialog box, type the comment text, then click OK.
The comment appears in the Comments & Markup palette.
A comment can contain up to 64 KB of text (about 65,500 characters). The text appears in a fixed size and typeface.
When you create comments, you can select, copy, cut, and paste text using the standard keyboard shortcuts. Spell checking, text formatting, and text colors cannot be applied to comments.
When you open a document, you can view all comments attached to objects and markup objects.
Be sure that Show information tool tips is selected in the Functionality Options page in the Configuration Center.
You can edit comments that you create, but not those made by others.
When you select an object that has one or more comments attached to it, the object displays yellow selection handles. You can view comments by pointing to objects. When the pointer is on an object, the object’s comments appear in a pop-up window.
Object with comments
If you select a markup object, click the Display Palette button in the Properties bar to open the Comments & Markup palette.
Click a comment to select it.
When you select a comment, Canvas X Draw selects the commented object or markup object in the document. Yellow selection handles appear around the object to indicate that the object has one or more comments.
View: To view a selected comment, click View. The comment text appears in the View Comments dialog box. Select text and copy it to the Clipboard using standard keyboard shortcuts. You can edit your own comments in the View Comments dialog box, but you can’t edit or remove others’ comments.
When you view a comment that you can’t edit, the dialog box appears grayed out.
If you changed a comment, click OK to save the changes or click Cancel to discard them and close the dialog box.
If you select a markup object with an attached comment, you can view the comments in the Properties bar. You can edit your own comments in the Properties bar.
Remove: Select a comment you created. Click Remove to delete the comment from the object and the Comments palette.
Comments remain attached to objects until you remove them. However, comments are not preserved by operations that convert objects to different forms. These operations include Knife, Combine, Extrude, Fractalize, Join, Make Composite, Convert to Paths, and Insert Picture.
Name: Select a font family.
Size: Enter a value or use the scroll box.
Color: Select a color ink for the text object.
Adjust the attributes using the Bold, Italic, and Underlined options.
Layer: Open the menu and select an option. Current Layer places the text object on the current layer. Markup Layer places the text object on another layer named Markup Layer. My Markup Layer places the text object on another layer with the initial of the user. This information is retrieved from the User Info in the Configuration Center.
Author Name: Select this checkbox if you want the author’s name to appear beside the comment.
Max Line Length: Enter a value or use the scroll box. The default is 2 inches.
Position: The position is in relation to the commented object’s bounding box. Select an anchor point.