TreeDraw manual

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Getting Started

Introducing TreeDraw


Tutorial - Importing a tree

Tutorial - Using the drawing area

Tutorial - Printing a chart


File handling

Starting a new chart

Opening an existing chart

Saving a chart

Saving a chart with a different name

Importing trees

Selecting a Kith and Kin Pro database

Importing from the same file again

Exporting the chart as an Adobe PDF file

Exporting the chart as a metafile

Exporting the chart as a bitmap

Preparing the chart for sending

Dropping files into TreeDraw

Changing the K&KPro database link names

Preferences | File settings

Tree import settings

Choosing import options

Preferences | Import visuals

Preferences | Import fields

Preferences | Dates

Preferences | Replace text

Preferences | Import profiles

Getting import visual styles from selection

Editing a chart

Selecting the pointer tool

Selecting chart elements

Selecting all chart elements

Adding text

Editing text

Adding lines and shapes

Adding pictures and graphics

Moving chart elements

Resizing chart elements

Joining lines to chart elements

Unjoining chart lines

Cutting to the clipboard

Copying to the clipboard

Pasting from the clipboard

Deleting chart elements

Grouping chart elements together

Ungrouping chart elements

Updating text automatically

Undoing the previous operation

Redoing the subsequent operation

Undoing several operations

Scaling the chart


Setting text font

Setting text alignment

Setting text rotation

Setting word wrapping

Changing a text element's link to a K&KPro database

Selecting a family to use in a database link

Selecting a person to use in a database link

Setting the line style

Choosing a line style

Setting the shape fill pattern

Setting colours

Repeating the last format change

Getting default styles from selection


Changing the order of chart elements

Aligning chart elements horizontally

Aligning chart elements vertically

Spacing chart elements evenly

Centring curved lines


Using the magnifier

Enlarging text

Turning the snap-to-grid on and off

Displaying page-breaks

Using the ruler

Moving around the drawing area

Zooming in and out

Searching for text

Turning the Colour Palette on and off

Turning the Chart View Control on and off

Turning the Button Bar on and off

Customising the Button Bar

Turning the Status Bar on and off

Preferences | Appearance


Printing a chart

Selecting pages to print

Setting page size/margins/orientation/footer

Setting a user-defined paper size

Setting up the printer


Setting preferences

Preferences | General

Exiting from the program

Backing-up your data

Checking for program updates

Using the Chart View Control


File menu

Edit menu

Format menu

Align menu

Tools menu

View menu

Options menu

Database fields

System requirements

Frequently asked questions

Version information

Terms of use


Kith and Kin Pro



How to get support

How to contact us

Large-format printing service

Ordering / registration

Joining lines to chart elements

You can manually join the ends of straight lines to any other chart element. Note that "joining" a line end to an element does not mean that the line end has to be in contact with the other element.

Select the line you want to join. Then hold down the CTRL key and drag with the left mouse button over the handle on the line end, dropping it over element you want to join to. The mouse cursor will change to and the handle will become green when you are doing this. As you drag the cursor over other chart elements they will get a dotted outline to indicate which one will be joined to when you release the mouse button. After the line end has been joined, the handle over the line end will become a circle instead of a square to indicate that it is joined to something else.

When you select and move an element which has a line joined to it, the joined end will move with the element while the other end will remain in place, stretching the line. If you also select the line then the whole line will just move with the element.

A special case is where a line end is joined to another line end. Here you can stretch both lines at once by selecting the line which has the other line joined to it (the handle will be square not round) and dragging the handle.

When you select just the element which has a line joined to it, the joined line is shown with round, grey handles like this:

When you select a line which is joined to another chart element, the joined line is shown with round handles like this:

When you select both a joined line and its chart element, the handles are shown as in a normal multiple selection like this:

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