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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 | Import visuals

These settings affect how certain chart elements are formatted when importing a tree.

All these settings will be stored in import profiles.



The font used for the "Name" and "Child's name" data types in "Preferences | Import fields". Click on the change button to select a different font.

Person details

The font used for the "Person details" data type in "Preferences | Import fields". Click on the change button to select a different font.

Marriage details

The font used for the "Marriage details" and "Marriage indicator" data types in "Preferences | Import fields". Click on the change button to select a different font.

Text alignment

The text alignment affects how TreeDraw aligns the individual parts of a person/details block as follows.

With left alignment a block looks like this:

With centre alignment a block looks like this:

With right alignment a block looks like this:

Word wrap

Set this option to make imported text wrap lines which are too long.

Wrapped text width

The maximum width of imported text elements will start off at the value you enter here when the above Word wrap option is turned on. The unit of measure is screen pixels at 100% zoom. You can still resize the text element after it has been imported.

Link length

This is a multiplier for the length of the lines linked to text. Increase the value to increase the length of the lines. Link lines are the ones shown in red below:

Text to include in statistics box

When importing a tree you have the option of adding a statistics box indicating number of people, etc. This box will also include any text that you enter here.

Normal line style

The line style used for linking parents to children. You can change the style and colour of the line using the Change button.

Marriage line style

People with multiple marriages in an imported tree can have their marriages linked by a dashed line. You can change the style and colour of the line using the Change button.

Probable line style

Kith and Kin Pro supports links between people and families which are flagged as "probable" (ie. unconfirmed). These links are imported into TreeDraw as a dashed line. You can change the style and colour of the line using the Change button. Trees imported from GEDCOM files do not use this feature.

Box style

TreeDraw uses these settings for boxes drawn around text in descendant and ancestral trees and for the circles in wheel charts when the "Boxed" option is used. Use the Outline button to change the line style and colour for the box, the Fill colour button for the colour of the inside of the box and the Pattern list to choose the pattern for the inside of the box.

Get styles

Click on the Get styles button to automatically set up the visual styles based on the currently selected chart elements.

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