How To

This page is a “Work in Progress”. New information will be continually added to describe more and more of the Omegadoc Designer functionality. Stay tuned!

To create a new OMG document

Select the menu File>New.

Or Click on the “New” button in the top toolbar.

This action will create an OMG package with one book.

Installing Omegadoc Designer

After downloading the Omegadoc Designer setup file, double click on the “exe” to install it on you Windows machine.

Launching Omegadoc Designer

You can no launch Omegadoc Designer from the Windows start menu.

Omegadoc Designer will create a directory structure under your user name after you launch it for the first time, something like: C:/Users/”your user name”/Omegadoc.

Please make sure you have the necessary permissions from Windows file system to write to this area.

You should now see two windows open: The Omegadoc Designer Main window and the Omegadoc Designer Console window.

Adding an image to an Omegadoc document

In an external program like MS paint, select and copy the image into the clipboard.

Paste the image into Omegadoc Designer by using the menu item Edit>paste or click on the “Paste” icon in the top toolbar.

Adding a Text Cell to an Omegadoc document

Select the “Text” button in the left toolbar area, then draw a rectangular area on a page that will hold your text.

To type inside this new text cell, switch to the “Selection” tool, click inside the box and start typing!

Adding a new Page to an Omegadoc document

To add a new page to your Omegadoc Designer document, click on “Add Page” in the top toolbar area.

Moving, resizing and precise placement of an Omegadoc Part (Text, Image, Rectangle, ….)

Select the part in question.

To move a part, pick the “Grab box” in the center of selection and move it around.

To resize a part, pick any of the corner or side “Grab box”s of the selection and move it around.

For a precise placement, use the “Editors” section in Omegadoc Console to enter precise values for x, y, x2, y2.

How to work with Omegadoc styles

Styles in Omegadoc work just like in CSS, by using a cascading mechanism. A style defined on a lower level entity overrides that style defined in its enclosing entity.

E.g. the font used in an entire book, is defined globally at the “Book” level. A specific “Text Part” can override any of the font properties at the book level. A “Paragraph” within the “Text Part” can override the definition at the “Text Part” level (obviously also that at the “Book” level). A “Span” can override a values defined on the paragraph level. The same mechanism is used for the graphic properties: Fill color, Fill opacity, Line color, Line width.

Deleting an Omegadoc part(s)

Using the “Selection” select the part you want to delete and hit the delete key.

Deleting an Omegadoc page

To delete a page, first select it by clicking on the grey area in between two adjacent pages, closer to the desired page. Then you either click on the “delete” button (trash can icon) or the delete key on the keyboard

Chaining two or more Text cells

Select two the two text cells you want to chain.

Make sure the cell where the text will flow from is the prime selection (magenta). The secondary selection is the one with the blue boxes. To cycle and therefore to change the primary selection use: “Page Up” and “Page Down”.

Click on the “Chain” button in the left toolbar area.

You can repeat this operation to chain the “flow to” chain into another text cell.

To visually see the chain, click on “Paint Chains” button in the let toolbar area.

Page Setup

You can change the width and height of all pages in the Omegadoc Package (packages contain one or more books) through the “Page Setup” dialog. Page>Page Setup

How selections work in Omegadoc Designer

You can use the “Selection” tool in the left toolbar are to select one or more parts.

There are three kinds of selections:

1 – Primary selection (Magenta): There is at most, one primary selection.

2 – Secondary selection (Blue): If the part count is greater than 1, then the rest of the part selections are secondary.

3 – Group selection (Green): When there are more than 1 part selected, this selection for the entire part collection appears.

To cycle and therefore to change the primary selection use: “Page Up” and “Page Down”.

Using the Geometry tools

The Geometry tools in the Omegadoc Console, allows you to change one or more of the coordinates of the secondary selections to match/equal the primary selection.

Here is a summary of these tools:

“Left”: secondary.x = primary.x

“Horizontal Center”: secondary.xMid = primary.xMid. (I.e. change both x and x2 of the secondary part s.t.: secondary.(x+x2)/2 = primary.(x+x2)/2), keeping the width of secondary part unchanged.

“Right”: secondary.x2 = primary.x2

“Top “: secondary.y = primary.y

“Vertical Align”: secondary.yMid = primary.yMid. (I.e. change bothy  and y2 of the secondary part s.t.: secondary. (y+y2)/2 = primary.(y+y2)/2), keeping the height of secondary part unchanged.

“Bottom Align”: secondary.y2 = primary.y2