Working with the Tool Chest
The Tool Chest makes marking up documents much more efficient by storing and organizing frequently used markups for easy use and reuse. It automatically remembers recently used markups
To save a markup from a PDF to the Tool Chest,
To use a tool to place a markup on a PDF, click the tool in the Tool Chest to select it, then click on the document to place the markup.
To copy a tool in one tool set to another tool set, simply click and drag it from one to the other.
To reorder the tools within a set, click and drag them to desired locations.
To delete a saved tool, use either of the following methods:
- Click a tool to select it, then press DELETE.
Right-click a tool and select Delete.
To duplicate a tool, right-click it and select Duplicate.
To change the colors of a tool, right-click it and select Change Colors. On the Change Multiple Colors dialog box that appears, change the desired Destination Colors.
The Recent Tools tool set records markups as they are added to a PDF.
To reuse a tool, just click it, then place it on the PDF.
When more tools have been saved in Recent Tools than can be shown, an arrow appears to the right of the tools as shown in the image above. To see all the tools in Recent Tools, click the arrow.
The maximum number of tools that are kept in Recent Tools is configurable. To change the maximum number of tools kept, go to Properties > Maximum Recents and select the desired value.
The Recent Tools history is automatically cleared when Revu is closed. To clear your recent tools before then, go to Properties > Clear Recents.
The Recent Tools tool set saves a limited number of tools and is cleared of saved tools every time it is closed. Fortunately, it is possible to easily permanently save recent tools to other tool sets.
To save a recently used tool so it will remain available after Revu has been closed,
- Click and drag the tool from Recent Tools into another tool set.
- Right-click the tool in Recent Tools and select Add Item to My Tools. Be aware that this method automatically saves the tool to the My Tools tool set. Use the click-and-drag method described above to save the tool to a different tool set.
To save a markup on the document as a reusable tool,
The My Tools tool set is designed to be a configurable collection of frequently used tools that provides easy access to them. As such, it has a few special properties:
Tools in the My Tools tool set are automatically assigned hot keys for quick access. The hot keys are numeric, according to the tools position in the My Tools tool set. Its hot key is shown in the upper right corner of its icon in the My Tools tool set and changing a tool's position in the My Tools tool set automatically changes its associated hot key.
- The My Tools tool set is a permanent part of Revu. It
is available in all Profiles by default and, while itcan be hidden, it cannot be completely removed.
- Tools in the My Tools tool set can be toggled between Properties Mode and Drawing Mode (described below).
Many tools can function in two different modes: Drawing Mode and Properties Mode. Each mode serves a distinct purpose:
Properties mode adds a new markup with the same appearance properties of the saved markup. In this mode the properties (as shown on the Properties panel) are retained but the exact dimensions, text, and so on are not. Consider the example of a text box markup: using the tool in Properties Mode would create a new text box with the same color border and fill pattern and text properties, but no text would be inside the box yet, nor would the box have a fixed size. You would need to define the box's shape and content.
Drawing mode adds a new markup that is an exact duplicate of the saved markup, as if you had copied and pasted the original markup rather than made a new one of a similar type.
To change the mode of a tool in any of these tool sets, double-click on the tool's icon or
If a tool has a defined Action, the action will only be added to markups created with it when in Drawing mode.
The Recent Tools tool set can be configured to default to either Properties Mode or Drawing Mode. To set the mode, click the Properties gear to the right of Recent Tools and either check or uncheck Properties Mode, as desired.
For quick and easy access, a tool set can be pinned to any Toolbar. To do so, click the Properties gear to the right of the tool set's name, then go to Pin and select the specific Toolbar.
Tool sets can be created at a certain scale and set to automatically scale up or down when placed in a calibrated drawing or viewport using Revu's Dynamic Tool Set Scaler. This can be a particularly powerful tool option, especially when used in conjunction with Sketch Tools, which allows for the creation of precisely sized markups.
Once a scaling tool has been placed on a PDF, its scale is set and it will no longer automatically scale up and down.
To set the baseline scale of a tool set:
- Click the Properties gear to the right of the section name and select Set Scale. The Dynamic Tool Set Scaler dialog box appears.
- Select a method, Calibrate or Input, to set the page scale.
- A dialog box might appear with instructions regarding the use of the Calibrate tool. If it does, click OK.
Locate a measured length on the page. Click the first point of the known length, then click the second point to finish the line. Hold down SHIFT to snap the two points horizontally, vertically, or diagonally (as appropriate). When the second point is selected, the Calibration dialog box opens.
- To store this calibration on the current page, select Store Scale in Page. To apply this calibration to all pages in the document, select Apply Scale to All Pages. Any existing scales on affected pages will be overwritten.
- Click OK.
Select the desired input method: Preset for common scales or Custom to manually input a non-standard scale.
- For Preset, select the desired scale from the menu below. For Custom, enter the scale in the fields below.
- Select the decimal or fractional precision of the measurement values from the Precision menu.
- Select the Page Range to which to apply this scale. Each page in a drawing can have its own scale.
- Click OK.
Calibrates the document to allow accurate measurements to be taken by measuring the length between a known distance on the drawing.
If the page scale is known and you are certain no scaling has occurred during the PDF creation process, you can input a page scale manually.
A icon appears to the right of the tool set's name to indicate that a baseline scale has been established.
Repeat the process to change the scale, if necessary.
When a tool set has a baseline scale set, the icon appears to the right of its name.
When a tool set has an established baseline scale, you can choose whether or not the tools from it will scale when placed on a drawing. To turn scaling on, click the icon to the right of the tool set's name. It will be highlighted to indicate that scaling has been turned on.
To turn scaling off, click the icon again.