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How does one write Rich Text?
Jun 24th, 2014, 7:30am
 
Can TB be used as a rich text editor? Is there a text toolbar? Can bullets be inserted, etc?

I know all this works when pasted into a note, but cannot seem to see how to create it in TB.
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Re: How does one write Rich Text?
Reply #1 - Jun 24th, 2014, 7:44am
 
When you're in the text box of a note, Format > Text > Show Rule (or control-command-R).

This brings up the standard OSX ruler (as in TextEdit, more or less), with buttons for Styles, Alignment, Spacing and Lists.
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Re: How does one write Rich Text?
Reply #2 - Jun 24th, 2014, 8:33am
 
Many thanks!

Is there any way to change the default font the note uses?
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Reply #3 - Jun 24th, 2014, 8:52am
 
The built-in default for $Text is HeoflerText ar size 16pt. This seeds the value in Edit -> Document Settings (or Cmd+8) -> Text tab. There you can (re-)set the current document's default text font/size. These settings are inherited by all notes via $TextFont and $TextFontSize. It is a good idea to set these up before adding data as 'just changing the font after use is much harder as each piece of RTF retains its own font/size/face settings so you can't easily apply a new font to everythnig except by selecting the whole of $Text and then using the Fonts palette (Cmd+T) to choose a new font.

When picking a font for $Text, if you wish to see/use bold and underlining make sure the font has the appropriate font variants (many don't!), i.e.: regular bold, italic (or oblique) and bold-italic (or bold-oblique). This requirement is new to v6 and is (now!) consistent with standard Mac behaviour in apps like TextEdit. A simple way to check out font faces available is either open the Mac Fonts palette via Tinderbox or open the Mac's FontBook app and review font variants there.

Once you've started using a note's $TExt, changes to $TextFont either locally or at Doc Settings level will have no effect.

As yet, there is no simple method to bulk change $TextFont for v5 docs, though it's on the list as an asked-for  feature.
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Re: How does one write Rich Text?
Reply #4 - Jun 24th, 2014, 9:02am
 
Sure -- Edit > Document Settings (cmd-8 in v6.0.1), then the Text tab. This will only apply to new notes, though.

You can change fonts for individual notes using cmd-T to bring up the fonts box. The Text Inspector (cmd-1 then click on the fifth tab) allows you to change the colour, but not the font or font size, it seems).

As far as I can tell, using quick stamp to change the TextFormat attributes (TextFont, TextFontSize etc) doesn't do anything -- I wonder if they've be retained simply for backwards compatibility?
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Reply #5 - Jun 24th, 2014, 10:22am
 
David, as explained in my last (when we're replying at the same time), $TextFont and $TextFontSize only have meaning up until the moment you add any text to a note. After that, you needs to select text and use OS font and/or colour palettes to alter your text style.
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Reply #6 - Jun 24th, 2014, 10:44am
 
Thanks Mark -- that's helpful. I saw your post only after I'd written and submitted mine. You type quicker than I do, obviously...
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Reply #7 - Jun 24th, 2014, 11:23am
 
If only (two-finger typist!).
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