Text editor

Working with Show.kit text editor is very much alike as working in any text processing application like MS Word, Open Office, etc. 

Available text area always has the same size as the object in Show.kit output it corresponds to. In this way you can adjust text position, padding, sizes, etc. just as you wish them to appear in the final compiled output. 

Manipulating documents
The first 3 buttons on the toolbar represent documents manipulations features of the text editor. The first one is "New", it will clear the text area completely and erase all its contents, please, be careful as this action is non-reversible! The next button, "Open", lets you open a separate document on your hard driver and import its contents into the text editor. Show.kit supports the following formats: RTF, plain TXT, automatic TXT and Unicode TXT. Additionally you can export all the texts you input into a file. Use "Save" button to do this. You can export into RTF or TXT (Unicode supported). 

Printing the document
Show.kit even lets you print out the documents you type and use in your project. Please, note that you need to have a properly installed printer in your system to activate this feature. Show.kit provides you with the interface to preview, setup and finally print the document. Use the buttons "Print preview" and "Print" that follow the first 3. 

Search and replace
If you have a big text in the text box, the two features of "Search" and "Replace" can become really handy. These two buttons stand for standard Windows dialogs for searching and replacing, and hopingly are clear enough not to give them a thorough coverage. 

Cutting, copying, pasting
These standard features work absolutely the same in Show.kit. You can copy any pieces of text into clipboard, including tables, images and hyperlinks, and paste theme whenever you need. Meanwhile, it can be a useful way to transfer small pieces of information from one project into the other. 

Undo and redo
Press CTRL+Z to Undo the last change or CTRL+Y to redo the last Undo. Show.kit now has the endless Undo/Redo queue, so you don’t need to care about saving and resaving the project all the time. However such actions as New and Open cannot be undone. 

Inserting various objects

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Use these buttons to insert correspondingly: Images (GIF, PCX, JPEG, PNG, BMP, EMF, WMF formats supported), Table (you will need to set the major parameters for the new table, like number of columns and rows, and size), Hyperlink (you can input the text that will appear as a link, and the link it should lead to, if you wish to customize the colors, press "Customize" button in the dialog that follows), Symbol (the Standard "Insert symbol" dialog will appear letting you select the font and symbol you wish to insert), Horizontal line (inserts a horizontal line which properties can be customized if you right-click the line that appears and select "Object properties" in the right-click menu, you then can customize its color and thickness), Background (lets you customize the background of the whole text box, you can select an image to appear on the background and the way it will be stretched or tiled, or centered, and set global padding options for the text block). 

Tables manipulations
The next panel hosts buttons that let you alter existing tables: 

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With its help you can insert columns and rows, delete specific column or row, merge or split them, customize table properties and alignments in cells, as well as borders and their appearance in the table. 

Font format
The last panel in the text editor lets you format your text parameters: font face, size, weight, decoration, color, background color, alignment, etc. Here you can add a list (bulleted or numbered) and customize the background of the definite paragraph. 

Right-click menu
Don’t forget about the right-click menu, though it duplicates most of the features of the panels, it may be more convenient to you. Manipulate it as you like. 

Some tips

1. If you want to make text appear at a certain range from the edge of the text box, you have to put it into a table and use table’s padding property, or utilize Background -> Padding option: 
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2. If you have set the background color via the "Background" button it will not be visible in the final output. You have to use Paragraph background color feature to do it: 

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