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

Selecting chart elements

Selecting chart elements allows you move, reformat, align, copy and perform other operations, on those elements only. There are 2 ways to select chart elements. First, make sure that you have the Pointer tool selected.

Method 1 - place the cursor over your chosen element, the cursor will change to , and click the left mouse button. You will see small, square "handles" appear which indicate that the element is now selected. These handles can also be used to resize the element. You can now select (and deselect) additional elements by holding down the Shift key while clicking the left mouse button. When the cursor is over a selected element it looks like . If you have more than one element selected, the handles around the elements appear grey and you cannot use these for resizing.

Method 2 - Drag a marquee around the element(s) you wish to select. Do this by positioning the cursor where it is not over any element, press and hold the left mouse button and drag the mouse so that the expanding rectangular outline is over at least part of all your chosen elements. Release the mouse button. You can also use this method with the Shift key to add or remove elements from the selection.

If you select an element which has a line joined to it, the joined line will not be selected but will be shown with round handles (instead of square ones) to indicate that it will be affected by movement of the selected element.

The status bar at the bottom of the TreeDraw window shows the number of elements currently selected.

This is what an element looks like when it is the only selected element:

This is what more than one selected element looks like:

This is what a selected group looks like:

This is what a selected element with a joined line looks like:

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