Like the Polyline Tool, the Polyline Sketch Tool draws a segmented line as a markup; however, the length and rotation of the segments are input directly for exact control over the shape. Once placed, a Polyline Sketch Tool markup behaves very much like a Polyline markup.
Before placing any Sketch Tool markup on a drawing, make sure that it is calibrated to the correct scale.
Go to Tools > Sketch to Scale > Polyline Sketch to Scale. The mouse cursor in the main workspace changes to the Polyline Sketch Tool cursor.
- Click on the PDF to place the first point. The text cursor is automatically placed in the Length field.
- Enter the length of this segment of the polyline and press TAB.
- Enter the rotation of the this segment of the polyline and press ENTER. The segment is drawn.
- The rotation can be relative to the last angle entered or to the page, as determined by the Sketch Tools Preferences.
- Repeat steps 3-4 to draw the remaining segments of the polyline.
- To complete the line, do one of the following:
- Press ENTER twice
- Press C
- Double-click the last point placed.
A control point defines where two line segments meet in multi-segment markups. Control points can be added or removed from these markups.
Further, the line segments of these markups can be converted to curves or arcs at their control points, allowing them to conform to nearly any shape.
You can attach a note to nearly any markup that does not have a text box of its own. Simply double-click the markup to open the Note pop-up window. Notes attached to markups are functionally similar to the Note Tool.
You can add an action to nearly any markup. Simply right-click the markup and select Edit Action to open the Action dialog box.
Select a markup to reveal its control handles. Each handle controls a different aspect of the markup's size and orientation.
To rotate the markup, click and drag the orange handle outside the markup (when the markup is first placed, it will be at the top). By default, the markup is rotated in increments of 15°; to rotate in increments of 1°, hold down SHIFT while dragging.
The rotation can also be entered in the Rotation field found in the Layout section of the Properties panel.
To resize a segment or change its angle, click and drag the appropriate yellow handle.
- Hold down
CTRLwhile dragging a yellow control handle to curve the lines attached to it. See Working with Curved Markups for more information.
To scale the markup up or down, click and drag the appropriate purple handle.
See Editing Markups for more information.
The appearance of the Polyline Sketch Tool markup is configurable, including its color, thickness, pattern, ends, and opacity.
To change the appearance of a Polyline Sketch Tool markup, select it and click the Properties panel.
Color: Sets the line color.
Fill Color: Sets a fill color.
Highlight: Makes the fill color and/or hatch pattern transparent so underlying content shows through.
Opacity: Sets opacity level of the line and endpoints, from 0 (invisible) to 100 (opaque).
Line Width: Sets the line thickness in points. A setting of 0 effectively renders the line invisible.
Style: Determines the line pattern.
Start and End: Controls the appearance of the endpoints for each side of the line. The diagram below shows samples of each type of endpoint.
Each endpoint has an associated Scale that determines the size of the endpoint in relation to the Line Width. By default, it is set to Auto and will automatically adjust as the Line Width is changed.
Show Segment Values: Shows all measurements available for the markup. When enabled, select an alignment for the measurements, either equal to the angle of the segments or horizontally.
Show Caption: Toggles the markup to show/hide the markup caption (as seen in the Preview Window).
Font: Sets the font used for the selected text.
- The first region shows all fonts used in the currently selected text element.
- The second region lists the standard PDF fonts that are supported by all PDF viewers. These fonts do not need to be embedded in the PDF when used, thereby cutting down on file size.
- The third shows all other available fonts. When used, these fonts need to be embedded in the PDF.
Note: If you attempt to embed a font for which the viewing and editing permissions do not allow formatting, Revu will display a message indicating the font will not be embedded in the PDF.
Font parameters are retained in the PDF such that even if the original font is not embedded or on the viewer's workstation, a suitable representation of the font will be substituted.
Font Size: Sets the size of the font.
Text Color: Sets the color of text.
The Font Style settings control the formatting of the text. Options include Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Superscript and Subscript. Generally, any combination of these styles can be applied to format the text.