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Parameter Palettes
Clear and Open
Mini Palette Form
User Configure
Save Full Layout
Help Button
Pick Units
Window Shades
Simple Defaults
Example of converting a Claris Draw drawing to a native EazyDraw drawing.

Large, Clean, Open Palettes:

EazyDraw's parameter palettes are designed with a clean and open look. The size is not "big" but large enough to easily read and understand without being crowded. We understand that screen real estate is valuable, but on the other hand we have more that 640x480 pixels of desktop these days; so we feel that a new design concept is in order. Our design is not "frilly eye candy" but its sound approach is great for learning, valuable when returning to EazyDraw if you don't use it every day, useful for a rarely used palette or feature, and unfolds the capability of EazyDraw making it fun to explore.

User Configurable Mini Palettes:

On the other hand, large parameter palettes can certainly get in the way for the experienced user. Problem Solved: EazyDraw's frequently used palettes have a "mini" form, the blue disclosure button (top right) is used to switch between these two forms. The mini form is small with abbreviated labels, absolutely minimizing consumed screen real estate. The parameters included and their order on the mini palette are fully user configurable, just drag a label to re-order.

Window Shade - 3 levels:

The tall button found on the top right of each palette is an enhanced "window shade" button, with three height settings. The frequently used parameters are placed at the top of the palettes, so it is often useful to shorten the palette to free up the desk top. Click the button to "roll up" the palette or just shorten it to the top two or three key parameters.

Precision & Units - mm - in - pt:

Parameter measurement units are chosen, independent of the drawing units individually for each palette. A drawing might use feet and inches for graphic elements, but millimeters for specifying lengths of arrow heads. Different decimal precision settings for lengths, angles, and percentages are allowed.

Help Is Right There
You will find an OS X standard help button on each parameter palette. A click of this button will take you directly to the appropriate help page that explains in detail the use of the parameters. Floating help notes popup if the cursor pauses over an individual palette element.
Save a Layout
You may save an arrangement of palettes, including position, which are open, their size (mini or full) ... everything. These are saved as named xml plist files and are available for quick application when needed. Of course, when you quit and re-launch EazyDraw all palettes return to their previous position and configuration.
Manageable Defaults
Each palette has two buttons to manage default settings for new graphics using the particular palette's parameters. Setting or restoring defaults from one of these buttons doesn't affect user default settings for other palettes.
EazyDraw download is a 13 meg universal binary optimized for both the Intel and PowerPC Mac processors, run on Leopard or Tiger, Panther and Jaguar version available
The download is a disk image file (dmg), its size is 23 Meg.
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