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

Preferences | Appearance

Enlarge text

When you zoom out from a chart so that you can see more of it, the text normally becomes too small to read. TreeDraw can enlarge the text which the mouse is over into a magnified box. You may want to turn this feature off and use the Magnifier instead.

Enlarge text when cursor over text

Select this option to turn the feature on. You can also turn the feature on or off from the Options menu or button bar.

Enlarge text when zoomed out past...

Enter the percentage zoom after which the feature becomes active; eg. with 80% entered here the text will only be enlarged if you are zoomed out 81% or more.

Use element font style

Set this option to show the enlarged text using the same font style as the text element which the cursor is over. The size of the enlarged text is set using the Font button. With this option turned off, the Font button defines both the style and the size of the enlarged text.


Use this button to set the font style and size for the enlarged text. A sample is shown above the button.


Click on the Colour button to change the colour of the background for enlarged text. A sample is shown above the button.

Default width for new wrapped text

When you add a new text element with the "Word wrap" format, the width of the text element will start off at the value you enter here. The unit of measure is screen pixels at 100% zoom. You can still resize the text element after it has been added.

Display images

Turn this option off to prevent image elements being displayed. Images are displayed as blue dashed rectangles instead. If you have large (in terms of memory) images in your chart or if your PC or display is slow, you might find that TreeDraw will scroll the drawing area faster by turning this option off.

Display thick lines

TreeDraw allows you to use line styles which are in addition to the Windows standard line styles. These include thick dotted/dashed lines and doubled/circles/squares. On slower PCs these may take an appreciable time to draw, slowing down the display of the chart on the screen so you may want to turn this option off.

Handle size

Handles are the small squares which appear around the currently selected element. You can use the handles to resize chart elements. Choose the size for these handles to make using them easier. The default value is 7.

Page footer font

Click on the Change button to select the font used to print page footer text.

Snap to grid

TreeDraw lets you use a invisible or visible grid to align and place chart elements with precision. When the grid is on any elements that you create, move or resize will snap to the nearest grid intersection.

Grid on

Enables the snap-to-grid feature. You can also turn the feature on or off from the Options menu or button bar.

Grid visible

Displays the grid in the drawing area. The grid can be turned on but does not need to be visible.

Display as lines

If the grid is visible you can have it displayed as dotted lines or as single points at each grid intersection. Using points speeds up the display of the drawing area.

Make grid invisible when zoomed out more than ?%

To speed up the display of the drawing area, TreeDraw stops displaying the grid (although the grid is still functioning) if the drawing area is zoomed out more than this value.

Horizontal spacing / Vertical spacing

The distances between intersections of the grid in screen pixels. These settings are stored with each chart file (.TDR file). The vertical spacing may be changed optionally when importing a tree if the snap-to-grid is turned on at the time.

Get vertical spacing from selection

Click on the Get button to automatically set the grid vertical spacing to match the line spacing (the space between each line of text in a multi-line text element) of the currently selected text element(s). Selected elements must all have the same line spacing to enable this feature.


Click on the Colour button to change the colour used to display the grid in the drawing area. A sample is shown above the button.

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