View - Panes - Tool Properties

Displays settings for the current tool in use, for example, threshold for Select Touch when used with images. The Tool Properties pane is an essential control when editing images with painting tools found on the Tools toolbar .

 

Tool Properties and Images

 

When an image window has the focus the Tool Properties pane sets options used with painting and selection tools for images. See, for example, Editing Images .

 

Snap tolerance

When a snap mode is on, the distance in pixels or physical units within which the cursor must be to a given grid or graticule snap location when snapping to grid or graticule.

Value tolerance

Used with selection, paint bucket fills, etc. Specifies how close a color must be to the color specified before it is considered the same color. Increasing the tolerance value will allow colors that are less and less similar to the touched color to be considered the same.

Density

A technical parameter that defines the relative height of the density curve used for tools that paint pixels using a curve to define the amount of paint applied. Similar in visual effect to the "hardness" tool parameter in PhotoShop.

Opacity

The opacity with which a "Paint" tool is applied. Lower opacity means the tool will not fully cover the pixels it overwrites. Does not apply to tools other than the "Paint" tools, for example, it does not apply to the Brush, Bucket or Gradient tools.

 

Tool Properties and Tables

 

When a table window has the focus the Tool Properties pane sets options for use with table operations such as Transform Toolbar operators. Token operations in particular will often use the Separate tokens with setting. Separators are defined in this pane because the are frequently changed during token operations so it is more convenient to have them available in pane that remains open than within an options dialog that is not always visible.

 

Token separators

Characters to be used to separate tokens. By default the space character, tab, carriage return and newline characters are used as token separators.

Week start

Day that is reckoned to be the beginning of the week. Used in date calculations by Transform toolbar operators such as Copy Day of Week from and similar.

Angles

Units of measure for angular measurements.

 

 

Number of days in the first week of a year.

The number of days of the year that a week must contain before the year is reckoned to have started with that week. Set to 1 by default, but can be adjusted for different "rounding" of years in calendar calculations. Used in date calculations by the Copy Week from operator in the Transform toolbar .

Ignore case

Treat upper and lower case letters the same in text fields.

Ignore leading and trailing whitespace

Ignore any whitespace characters occurring before or after other characters in text fields. If checked, " Paris " would be considered identical to "Paris".

Ignore interior whitespace

Ignore any whitespace distributed within a sequence of non-whitespace characters. If checked, "San Luis Obispo" would be considered identical to "SanLuisObispo"

 

Tool Properties and Surfaces

 

When a surface window has the focus the Tool Properties pane sets options used with surfaces, namely snap tolerance.

 

Snap tolerance

When a snap mode is on, the distance in pixels or physical units within which the cursor must be to a given grid or graticule snap location when snapping to grid or graticules.

Value tolerance

Color tolerance to use to reckon that pixels are the same color as the pixel originally clicked.

 

Tool Properties and Drawings or Themes

 

When a drawing or theme window has the focus the Tool Properties pane sets options used with drawings, namely snap tolerance.

 

Snap tolerance

When a snap mode is on, the distance in pixels or physical units within which the cursor must be to a given snap item (such as a line when snapping to lines) before the cursor snaps to that item.

 

Tool Properties and Drawing Layers in Maps

 

When a drawing layer in a map is active the tool properties pane is configured to work with the tracing tools. See the Tracing Tools topic.

 

Snap tolerance

When a snap mode is on, the distance in pixels or physical units within which the cursor must be to a given snap item (such as a line when snapping to lines) before the cursor snaps to that item.

Value tolerance

Color tolerance to use to reckon that pixels are the same color as the pixel originally clicked.

Point size

A distance parameter given in native drawing measurement units that is used to distinguish a point from an area. Pixel regions smaller than this distance will be created as points, while those larger than this distance will be created as areas.

Match neighbors

When automatically creating areas, fill in the area to align exactly to the edge of any neighboring areas that already exist.

Trim size

A distance parameter given in native drawing measurement units that is used to trim unwanted side lines when automatically creating areas.