The Intaglio Menu

Click on a menu title above for a detailed explanation of that menu's commands.
  • About Intaglio
    Shows the application's "About" window.

  • Registration
    Registers the demo application and thereafter shows that registration information.

  • Check For Updates
    Checks the Intaglio web site to see if a new version of Intaglio is available for download. You must have an active internet connection before selecting this command.

  • Preferences

    The tool color is used to highlight selected graphics and points and to show construction lines. You can change the tool color if the default color interferes with the colors in your drawings.

    When you click and hold the mouse before dragging a graphic, the drag becomes a copy operation that is capable of being dragged out of the original window. For example, you can drag a graphic to the library or to another application. You can adjust the amount of time the mouse must be held still before this happens.

    A mouse wheel can optionally be made to scroll a drawing either vertically or horizontally.

    The Tool Palette can be oriented either vertically or horizontally.

    Double clicking a graphic can either open the graphic's attribute inspector or edit a text block.

    When resizing graphics the stroke width and/or effects can optionally be scaled at the same time. This can also be restricted to the resizing of groups.

    Stroke width values may be specified in either points or millimeters.

    Angles used within Intaglio can use either mathematical (i.e., origin at 3 o'clock; positive counter-clockwise) or compass (i.e., origin at 12 o'clock; positive clockwise) formats.

    The ColorSync color space of new documents (i.e., RGB, CMYK, or Gray) can be specified here or taken from the default printer when a document is created (i.e., automatic).

    Default document properties can be specified here. These defaults will be added to all new documents created. New documents may open with their page margins shown or hidden. The toolbar in drawing windows is initially either shown or hidden.

    The file name extension ".intaglio" can be added to saved document files.
    Image previews can be added to saved files.

    Traditional QuickDraw pictures (i.e., PICT files) can be either bitmap or vector images. Typically paint programs export bitmaps and draw programs export vectors. If Intaglio imports a picture as a bitmap it will be rendered by QuickDraw; if it is imported as a vector it will be rendered by Quartz. QuickDraw rendering is the most accurate but the picture must be converted to a bitmap image. Quartz renders antialiased vectors but this may not be identical to the original and bitmaps in the picture will occupy more space on disk when saved.

    EPS image files can be converted to PDF images automatically when they're imported (requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later).

    PDF and vector picture files can be converted to Quartz graphics automatically when they're imported to allow the graphics to be edited. This option also set the PDF and picture options in the Conversions pane below.

    When using the clipboard (i.e., cut, copy, and paste) or when dragging graphics between applications you can choose whether to import and export PDF, EPS, and/or image formats and text. This provides control over how you share drawings with other applications. You can also include a LinkBack connection with exported graphics to allow the receiving application to link back to Intaglio to edit the graphics later.

    PDF and vector picture (i.e., QuickDraw PICT) files can be converted to Quartz graphics automatically when they're imported to allow the graphics to be edited (PDF conversion requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later). These options can also be set together in the Clipboard pane above.

    During PDF conversion clipping paths can be ignored or converted to the mask object of a group.

    Some applications add invisible paths, such as rectangles with a transparent fill color to the PDF documents they create. These paths may be included or omitted from the conversion.

    During picture and ClarisDraw® conversion a QuickDraw pattern can be converted to a solid color that is the average color of the pattern. Otherwise the pattern will be converted to a Quartz pattern containing a small bitmap image.

    Quickdraw arcs that are both filled and stroked are rendered differently than Quartz arcs. These arcs, in pictures and ClarisDraw files, can either be combined as a single arc that fills differently, or as two arcs that together appear the same as the QuickDraw version.

    QuickDraw strokes graphics with a square pen that can differ in width and height. The thickness of a line varies depending on its angle. Converted lines can use the average pen size or attempt to compensate for these differences. In some cases this means filling a complex path rather than stroking it.

    PDF and vector picture files frequently divide text blocks into several smaller elements. When converting these images for editing, Intaglio will try to combine text elements into single text blocks. However this may result in text placement being affected in undesireable ways. You can specify how hard Intaglio tries to combine text elements during conversion. Less aggressive settings may result in a greater number of text blocks that are more accurately positioned.

  • Scripts
    Allows AppleScript files to be run or added to this menu.
    To remove a script from the menu hold down the option key on the keyboard and select the script in the menu you want to remove. You can create submenus within the script menu by adding folders to Intaglio's script folder located within Intaglio's application support folder within your home directory (i.e., select Go to Folder in the Finder and enter ~/Library/Application Support/Intaglio/Scripts).

  • Services
    The standard Mac OS X services.