The Preference Settings are a set of check boxes that effect the way the pattern appears both in print and on the screen.
The two settings on the right, "Print Bead Count" and "Print Work Sheet" effect the printed output. If "Print Bead Count" is selected, a table will be printed that shows the color of the bead, its ID and the number of beads of the color. If "Print Work Sheet" is selected, the printed pattern will have a Color ID character on each bead.
If "Preview Work Sheet" is selected, the Color ID characters will appear on each bead displayed on the monitor.
If "Mark Center Row" is selected, the approximate center row of the pattern will be highlighted by a heavy outline around the beads as follows:
Brick ----- Only the horizontal row is highlighted
Peyote ----- Only the Vertical row is highlighted
2-Drop Peyote ----- Only the horizontal row pair is highlighted
Square & Loom ----- Both the horizontal and vertical rows are highlighted.
If "Instant Help" is selected, a pop-up windows will appear if the operator makes an entry error. If an Instant Help pop-up window appears, the user must acknowledge it, by clicking on the OK button, to continue.
To protect your work from System Crashes, Power Outages, etc., the Program has an automatic backup feature. To enable the backup feature, set the "nn" value in the
"Auto-Save every nn minutes."
entry box to any value between 1 and 99. To disable the AutoSave feature, set the value in the entry box to zero.
If the program is terminated normally, the backup file will be erased. However, if the program is terminated abnormally, the next time the Program is opened, You will be alerted that a backup file exists. By opening the backup file, the program will restore the pattern design as it was when the backup file was last saved.
The Color ID characters, used to identify the colors used in each bead, can be any font that is installed on your computer. The default font is MS Sans Sarif, Size 8. This font was selected because it fits nicely on beads when the scale is set to 3.0 or higher. To select a font of your choice, Click on the Font Button immediately below the Auto-Save time. The dialog box, shown on the right, will appear. Use the selections in the dialog box to select the desired font and set its characteristics. When finished, select OK to change the font to the selected settings. If Cancel is selected, the font will not be changed.
The Preferences selected will be used to draw, re-draw or print the Sketch Pad Pattern Grid. The colors, if any, in an existing pattern grid will be used if a pattern is re-drawn.