The RealCADD Manual Mac version
Window >> Attributes

Select and click under the Window menu for the pallet to be displayed and active. Marked with a ✓ in the Window menu when active.

RealCADDThe Attributes pallet, shown to the right, basically controls the appearance of objects. We'll take the various attributes from top to bottom.

Line

Colour

RealCADDThe first item shows and controls the colour of the lines making up objects. It also controls the colour of text.

Click the colour bar to access the whole colour pallette as shown to the right. The RGB numbers of the selected colour are shown at the bottom ( in RGB notation Black is 0,0,0). As you hover over different colours in the pallette, the RGB numbers will change to reflect their RGB notation.

If you select an object, the colour bar will show the colour of the object's lines. To change it, click the colour bar and select a new colour: the colour of the object's lines will change to the selected colour. The same applies to text – change the colour of text in the same way.

While the colour pallette shows the RGB notation for the various colours, you can't currently specify an RGB colour to select, or customize the pallette in any way.

Transparency

The % box controls the transparency of the selected colour. 100% (the default) is totally opaque – not transparent at all – you can't see anything through it. 0% would be completely transparent – so you wouldn't see the object at all and would see everything completely through it. In fact RealCADD, quite reasonably, has a minimum of 5% transparency. As you decrease the percentage, objects under the transparent object become more and more visible. In practice, transparency is more commonly used with filling an object rather than the actual lines that make it up.

To change the transparency of an object's lines, or the transparency of text, enter a number in the percentage box and hit the ⏎ (Enter/Return) key.

Tip: The transparency percentage persists, so it is better to change it back to 100% before you draw something else.

RealCADDThickness

The line weight box shows the thickness of a selected line in pixels. This applies to all objects (rectangles, ovals, arcs, polygons and splines) as well as just lines. Clicking the box reveals the drop-down menu of available line weights as shown on the far right

RealCADDTo change the thickness of a line, select it and then simply select the required line weight from the drop-down menu. Line weight does not affect text.

The final line thickness (0.1... in the image of the drop-down menu) is editable. Clicking it brings up the small pane (shown right). Entering a number in the Size box (whicht will be the line thickness in pixels) gives a one-off line weight available for that drawing. It doesn't change the basic line thickness menu (created in Edit >> Line thickness...).

RealCADDDashes

Checking the dashes box will apply the current dashes to the selected object, be it a line, rectangle, oval, arc or polygon – RealCADD's dashes are not just restricted to individual lines.

Clicking the dashes bar will bring up the menu to choose and change the dashes' style that is to be applied; simply click the dashes' style that you wish to apply. This will then remain current until you select something different.

RealCADDClicking Other... will bring up the menu shown to the right. This allows you to create one-off dashes for the current drawing. These will not change the basic dashes menu (created in Edit >> Dashes...). The components are:

L1 is the length of the first line

e1 is the gap between the first and second lines

L2 is the length of the second line

e2 is the gap between the second line and the start of the repeat of the first line

RealCADDArrows

Arrows can be applied to the start of a line, the end of a line, or both. Checking one or both of the boxes in Arrows achieves this. The left hand box adds an arrow to the start of a line; the right hand box to the end of a line.

To change the arrow style, click the arrow bar and select which you want from the available selection. The selection can be changed in Edit >> Arrows.... The style selected will remain current until you select something different.

Tip: You can also add arrows to arcs.

Back

RealCADDChecking the Back box, fills a selected object with whatever the Back colour is. The current colour is shown in the square box to the left of the check box.

Clicking the colour box brings up the colour pallette as shown to the right. The RGB numbers of the selected colour are shown at the bottom ( in RGB notation White is 255,255,255). As you hover over different colours in the pallette, the RGB numbers will change to reflect their RGB notation.

To change the fill colour of a selected object, or to change the background colour before you fill an object, click the colour bar and select a new colour.

While the colour pallette shows the RGB notation for the various colours, you can't currently specify an RGB colour to select, or customize the pallette in any way.

The background colour can also be applied to provide a background for text. Simply select the text, check the Back box and select the colour.

Transparency

The % box controls the transparency of the selected colour. 100% (the default) is totally opaque – not transparent at all – you can't see anything through it. 0% would be completely transparent and everything would show completely through it. RealCADD has a minimum of 5% transparency. As you decrease the percentage, objects under the transparent fill become more and more visible.

To change the transparency of an object's fill, or the transparency of a text background, enter a number in the percentage box and hit the ⏎ (Enter/Return) key.

Transparency is particularly useful when used with a text background; but it can also be quite effective with object fills.

Tip: The transparency percentage persists, so it is better to change it back to 100% before you draw something else.