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scratchpad lets you play and experiment with fonts in the Display PostScript system. You can align, resize, rotate, and slant text. You can also experiment with font outlines. You can select any font that is available in the Display PostScript extension.
After scratchpad starts, it presents an option panel and a drawing window. You can load a preexisting file with the Load button, or you can start from scratch. Double-clicking on the left mouse button while in the drawing window produces a text cursor that allows you to enter text. All typed text appears on the screen.
To change the font or size, click on the "Show Font Panel" button of the Option panel. The Font Panel lets you select a different font and size. If the font you select has not been used recently, it will be loaded from disk. Loading from disk may take a moment, so you may notice some initial delay when you return to the drawing window.
To produce outlined text, click on the "Outline Text" toggle before you type.
To select a character or characters, either click on the desired character with the left button, or hold the left button and drag out a selection region. To append to the current selections, use the right button. You can move a selected character by clicking and dragging it. Several commands can be used to modify selected characters. For example, changing the font in the Font Panel automatically changes the selected characters to the new font.
In all other modes, select mode may be temporarily re-enabled by holding down the CTRL key. The CTRL key must be held down for the entire time of the operation (whether it be a drag, click, or double click).
Characters that have been resized or scrolled can be restored to their previous state using Realign. This operator takes all selected characters and returns them to their original state on the same line.
To delete a selected character, click on it while in delete mode. If no characters are selected, select mode may temporarily be enabled by pressing using the CTRL key and selecting characters. In addition, clicking on an unselected character or dragging out a selection box without the CTRL key pressed will subsequently delete any affected characters.
Rotate, Resize, and Scale modes:
Select the Rotate, Resize, or Scale mode. The mouse pointer turns into a cross-hair glyph.
Click the left button once to set the anchor point. The pointer glyph will then change to denote the selected mode.
Hold the left mouse button and drag the pointer on a control point to perform the operation.
The Load, Save, and Print buttons allow documents to be stored or retrieved from disk. Load and Save ask you to enter the file name, while Print requests the file name or printer name, depending upon the destination.
While it is possible to print to a file, this file is not loadable by the program, and is suitable only for PostScript printer output. The Save option stores information in a format which can be used by Load.
If you use Print while "send to printer" is selected, the output is sent to the default printer specified by the PRINTER environment variable. You can optionally specify a different printer.
Specifying the -debug option opens up a text context on stdout. All PostScript sent to the Display PostScript extension will be displayed on the screen.
The pointer sometimes is not updated correctly. Race conditions can result in error states when text is selected.
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