Last updated: September 04, 2014

 

Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Quick workflow
  3. Creating circular text images

         Favorite fonts
         Color slider
         Circle slider

  4. Saving text image to a disk

  5. Using color adjustment panel

  6. Exporting circular text images in rotation

         Application not responding

  7. Saving progress as project

         Save As Default Settings

  8. Preferences

         General settings
         Folders
         Export

  9. FAQ


 

Mac software TextAround2

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1. Introduction: TextAround2 is the second major release of TextAround.  It lets you create a text image along a circular path.  It's been developed from a scratch and has several new features.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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A distinctive departure from the initial version is that TextAround2 comes with a built-in library of more than 80 color styles.  Previously, the user had to create a color gradation map manially.  Now, all you have to do is pick one from the color style browser.  Furthermore, you can now adjust hue, saturation, brightness and contrast for the current color style.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Do you notice that there are two export toolbar buttons?  Clicking on ExportRT, you can generate a bunch of circular text images at a time so that you can animate them, for example, in a QuickTime movie.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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2. Quick workflow: TextAround2's workflow goes as follows.

 

  1. Enter in the top input text box a text string to put on a cirucular path.  Select a font from the drop-down menu.  And set a font size with a combobox located right below the font drop-down menu.  Under the Shadow section, set a small number in the value field.  Or turn on the no shadow checkbox.  Under the circle section, set a large number.  Finally, select a style from the color style browser at the bottom.
  2. Use the Color circular slider over the toolbar menu to change the angle by which the color gradation map applies linearly.  Use the Circle circular slider to adjust text rotation.
  3. Click on the ExportPict toolbar button to save a text image as a file.
  4. Click on the SaveAsDoc toolbar button to save current progress as a project file.

 

3. Creating circular text images: When you first launch the application, an introduction window will appear along with the main application window.  (See Screenshot 1-01.)  The former gives you a 7-page quick tour over how the application works.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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To start with, enter in the top text field a string of text to put on a circular path.  (See Screenshot 1-02.)  There are small push buttons to the right of the text field.  Use the one with a left-looking arrow to reverse the input string.  If you want to convert the text string case to uppercase, click on the U button.  Finally, click on the L button to convert the text string case to lowercase.

Next, locate a drop-down menu right below the input text field.  Explore this drop-down menu to select a font for your input text string.

Notice that there's another small push button next to the font drop-down menu.  (See Screenshot 1-03.)  If there is a font that you frequently use, set it on the font drop-down menu and click on this add (+) button.  Then explore the drop-down menu over the toolbar menu, where you should find the same font name.  (See Screenshot 1-04.)  This drop-down menu shows your favorite font list.  If you select one, TextAround2 will set the same on the main font drop-down menu.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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If you want to remove any of them from the favorite font list, first, select one to remove.  Then click on the - button next to the drop-down menu.  You can also choose Remove From Favorite under Font for the same purpose.  Then you will be prompted for confirmation.

Changing the subject back to configuring circular text settings, enter a small number in the value field under the Shadow section.  If you don't want to cast shadow around the text image, turn on the no shadow checkbox button.  (See Screenshot 1-05.)

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Let's move on to the Circle section.  Enter a large value, which can be an integer (a counting number) or a decimal number.  It's the radius of the circle along which your text string will be laid.  You can use the horizontal slider right below to adjust the value.  If you turn on the no circling checkbox button, TextAround2 will draw a multi-color text string on a horizontal path.  Finally, select a color style from the style browser.  And styled text should appear on the display screen.  (See Screenshot 1-06.)

 

Mac software TextAround2

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The initial shadow color is black (#000000).  If you want to set a different color, click on the color button under the Shadow section.  And the shared colors panel will appear.  (See Screenshot 1-07).

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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Notice that there are two circular sliders over the toolbar menu.  (See Screenshot 1-08.)  Use the Color slider to change the direction by which the linear color gradation runs.  If the string of text is put on a circular path, you may not see the change by adjusting the Color slider.  Try turning on the no-circling checkbox temporarily.  If you want to draw colors from top to bottom, set the angle to 270º.  That's confusing.  And that's Objective-C, the programming language used to develop TextAround2.  There's a quick solution to solving this confusion.  If you want to set the linear gradation path vertically, choose Style > Color Angle > Top To Bottom.  (See Screenshot 1-09.)  Moreover, if you want to set the angle to a specific number, choose Set Color Angle under Style.  And an input box will appear, prompting you to enter a counting number.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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If your text string is on a circular path, you have little control over at what degree it starts.  That's because it depends on several factors - radius, font size, font style (font name), text.  What you can do is use the Circle slider to rotate the text string.  The string will rotate counter-clockwise as you rotate the circular slider further.  You can set a specific angle by choosing Set Circle Angle under Style.  And you will be prompted to enter a counting number between 0 and 359.  (See Screenshot 1-10.)

 

4. Saving text image to a disk: In order to save the current text image appearing on the display screen, first, click on the ExportPict toolbar button.  You can also choose Export Text under File for the same purpose.  Then you will be prompted to select a graphic format.  (See Screenshot 1-11.)  Your options are BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF.  Then click on Next.  The next step is to set a file name and an export path.  If you have selected JPEG or JPEG 2000 as an export format, you will see a horizontal slider at the bottom of the select panel.  (See Screenshot 1-12.)

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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5. Using color adjustment panel: The initial release comes with more than 80 color styles.  If you can't find a suitable style you are looking for, you can open color adjustments panel and try changing the way styled text looks.  In order to open color adjustments panel, click on the disclosure button under the text color styles section.  And a popover window will deploy, showing a circular slider along with three horizontal sliders.  (See Screenshot 1-13.)  Use the circular slider to change hue.  Other sliders are used to alter saturation, brightness and contrast.  The blue numbers in parentheses appearing to the left are default values.  Each adjustment is paired with a default push button so that you can set any of the color adjustments to its default value.  If you click on the Reset all button at the bottom, you can set all adjustment values to their default ones.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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6. Exporting circular text images in rotation: When you set the Radius value to 0 and then quickly increase it on the slider, you may notice something interesting.  The text image will rotate and develop little by little.  So what you can do is export all text images at a time from start to end.  By so doing, you can create a QuickTime movie or whatever to animate text development.  In order to export multiple text images in rotation, click on ExportRT toolbar button.  Note that this toolbar button will remain disabled if the no-circling checkbox is on.  Anyway, the export process consists of three steps.  When you first click on ExportRT, a window sheet will appear.  (See Screenshot 1-14.)  There are three value fields on it.

  • Start radius: It's a start frame.  You cannot set it to 0.  It must be greater than or equal to 0.1.
  • End radius: It's the frame where text will end rotating.
  • No. of pictures: Literally, tell TextAround2 how many frames you want.

When you click on ExportRT, TextAround2 will automatically set the end radius value to the current radius, assuming that's the exact text image where you want to end rotation.  To determine the start radius, you can just move the radius slider back to a value near zero to see there's something visible.

The next step is presented in the form of a window sheet again.  (See Screenshot 1-15.)  This time, the application requires that you specify an export format and the shared file name.  If you set the file name field to 'picture,' for example, files will be named 'picture000,' 'picture001,' picture002,'...

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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Finally, you will get to select a folder or a volume where to save rotation images.  (See Screenshot 1-16.)  That's step 3.  It will be a good idea to create a new folder at this stage so that the application won't flood the selected destination with dozens of files.  Clicking on the New Folder, you will be prompted to name a folder.  If you are going to designate a removal device as a destination, clicking on this button can lead the application to stall.  It's a bug that we cannot fix because it must be done by Apple, Inc.  More specifically, the application may internally raise an exception called Assertion failure in -[NSRemoteView updateWindowEdgeResizingRegion].  If this exception occurs, you may end up force-quitting the application because you won't even be able to close the Select dialog box.  For now, we ask that you manually create a folder at the destination path you are going to designate.  Finally, after selecting a destination path, a modal sheet will appear with a progress wheel.  If you are going to generate 100 frames, this process can take another 10 to 15 seconds.  Screenshot 1-18 shows the result of generating 100 rotation frames.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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7. Saving progress as project: There are a dozen settings to create a unique cirucular text image.  Once you quit the application, it will be difficult for you to replicate the exact same image.  Fortunately, TextAround2 lets you save current progress as a project file.  Then all you have to do is double-clicking on a project file to reproduce the last progress.  In order to save progress, click on the SaveAsDoc toolbar button.  You can also choose Save As Document under File for the same purpose.  Then you will be prompted to name a file.  (See Screenshot 1-19.)  The file extension is ta2.  You can then reproduce the last progress by clicking on the openDoc toolbar button or choose Open Document under File.

 

Mac software TextAround2

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Mac software TextAround2

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Additionally, if you choose Save As Default Settings under TextAround2 (See Screenshot 1-20.), the application will save the current settings in the sandbox folder assigned to itself.  Every time you launch TextAround2, it will recover all those settings.  You can also manually choose Load Default Settings under TextAround2 to read the settings that are currently stored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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