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 | General

Show hints

Small pop-up text windows indicate the function of many of the controls (buttons, edit boxes, etc) used in TreeDraw when you hover the mouse cursor over them. When you are familiar with the functions of these controls you may wish to turn this option off.

Check for program updates automatically

TreeDraw will check online for updates to the program every 15 days. Clear this option if you do not want the program to do that. You can also check for updates manually in the Help menu.

Query grid spacing on import

Setting this option makes TreeDraw ask "Do you want to change the grid's vertical spacing to match the import fonts?" when importing a tree with the snap-to-grid switched on. If this option is off, TreeDraw will always match the grid spacing to the import fonts.

Warn of clearing folder in "Prepare to send"

Setting this option makes TreeDraw warn you before it clears the destination folder when preparing charts with images for sending to another PC.

Show splash logo

This reactivates the splash screen displayed when TreeDraw is opened.

Snap handles to cursor

Handles are the small squares which appear around the currently selected element. You can use the handles to resize chart elements. If this option is turned on then when you drag a handle the element feature under the handle (the corner or line-end) will snap to the cursor position.

Undo levels

Set the number of undo levels which TreeDraw can store. Reducing this number will reduce the amount of memory TreeDraw uses. Set the number of undo levels to zero to disable the undo/redo feature.

Save clears undo history

TreeDraw will clear all stored undo levels (the undo history) each time that you save a chart file. You can disable this feature here, allowing you to access the stored undo levels even after a file save.

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