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Miraplacid Form Designer Advanced Topics

 

Miraplacid Form Designer will help you to create form layout. You can load scanned form image, fill out the form and print it with Miraplacid Form Viewer

Multiselect

See also: Miraplacid Form Designer Quick Help

Miraplacid Form Designer How To:


Start New Form: Push button "New" . Assign a name for new form layout. Select scanned form image. It will appear in the right panel.
Add Field: Push button "Field" . Drag mouse in the right panel to create a new field. You can move and size fields with mouse. You can change field font and color in the property toolbox.
Fill the form: Click "Save and Run" button . It will save current layout and open it in Miraplacid Form Viewer.
Save the form: Click "Save" button . It will save current layout.
Clone the Form: Select "Save As" in File Menu and save the layout under new name.
Load the form: Click "Load" button . Select layout from the list.
Default Values for Fields: Select a Field. Set "text" value in the property window.
Read-only Values for Fields: To prevent person who fills the form from editing some fields, create them as Labels rather than Fields. Set "text" value in the property window.
Add Label: Push button "Label" . Drag mouse in the right panel to create a new label. You can move and size labels with mouse. You can change field font and color in the property toolbox.
Set default font: Click outside the fields to unselect objects. Then change "Default Font" in the property window. New default font will be assigned to all the fields and labels you create.
How To Multi Select: Hold Control button down and mouse click fields one by one. All the fields you click will be selected. Alternatively, you can mouse click outside the fields and drag mouse over the fields. You will see growing dark cyan rectangle. All the fields covered by the rectangle will be selected.
Why Multi Select: You can do lot of things with all the fields you selected. You can move and size them together. Besides, you can align them to the left field, or to the right one, or to top or bottom. You can size them to wide or narrow field or to tall or low one. See multi-select operations toolbar. What else? See the following items please.
Change font for all fields: Select them all, then change "Default Font" in the property window. Warning: Default font will be changed too. It means, that all the following items you add will have this font. Of course you can change it.
Change font color for all fields: Select them all, then change "Default Color" in the property window. Warning: Default color will be changed too. It means, that all the following items you add will have this color.Of course you can change it.
Align text in fields: Use these buttons: , and . Text alignment will be changed to all selected fields.
Change paper size and orientation: You can do it in Page Setup, File menu.
Create form image from document: You can use Miraplacid Publisher to create a background image for the Miraplacid Form.
Scan a form: Start Miraplacid Form, select TWAIN source in File menu, "Import / Select TWAIN Source", then start scanning with "Import / Acquire TWAIN Image". You will be asked about new layout name, then scanner dialog will pop-up. Start scanning and wait for comletion. There should be something like "Send result to:" button and a drop-down with "Miraplacid Form" (we cannot say for sure because it is scanner software specific). Send scanned image to Miraplacid Form, then just work with it like with regular layout.
How to Print: To start printing push print button . Alternatively, you can push Control+P on the keyboard or select "Print" in file menu. Besides, you can push "Print Preview" button and print from Print Preview dialog.
Do not print backgroubnd image: There is "PrintBackground" layout property in the property sheet at the left side of the Form Designer. Set it to "False" and form will be printed without the background image. Use Print Preview to verify it.
Fill the form on another PC: Prepare a form in Miraplacid Form Designer and click "Export Runnable Layout" from Run menu. Save the results to a folder. Copy the folder to your another computer desktop. Now you can fill and print the form. Besides, see PDF export below.
PDF export: Use button or "export / PDF form" in File menu to export layout to PDF document with editable fields.
How to rotate the form left and right: Use "Rotate Left" and "Rotate Right" buttons to do this.
Buy Miraplacid Form Professional Edition: Go to Miraplacid Web Site and click "Purchase" button. Follow the instructions. You will get registration code by email.
Register Miraplacid Form Professional Edition: Select "Register" in the Help menu. In the "Register" dialog type your first name, last name and registration code. Make sure you typed first and list name exactly as you typed it when you purchased the software. Values are case sensitive. Click "Register".

Printing business cards, greetings and labels:

How are they different from the other forms? You can print 10 or even more business cards per page. The best explanation of how Miraplacid Form handles this is the following example:
  • Start Miraplacid Form
  • Load layout "demo_businesscard"
  • Click . It will open Miraplacid Form Viewer with form "demo_businesscard".
  • In Miraplacid Form Viewer click "Load CSV" button and select file "demo_businesscard.csv" from c:\Program Files\Miraplacid\Miraplacid Form\Layout
  • Print Preview

You will see a page with 10 business cards. Each business card has different name, email, phone number, etc.
Miraplacid Form loads those names, emails, etc from CSV file demo_businesscard.csv. Currently it contains 10 records.
What if there will be 8 records? Miraplasid Form Viewer will print only 8 cards.
What if there will be 100 records? Miraplasid Form Viewer will print 10 pages with 100 cards, all the cadrs will be different (as long as CSV file records will be different).
What if we need to print greeting cards, 2 per page? To specify how many forms per page to print, change "Tile X" and "Tile Y" values in Print Preview dialog. To do it at design-time, set TileX and TileY values in Miraplacid Form property toolbox (please click outside the labels and textboxes to see the form properties)

Miraplacid Form Designer toolbar buttons reference:

Main Toolbar:

Create new form layout
Open saved form layout
Save current form layout (you can save the layout under new name with "Save as" function, File menu)
Zoom form in the right panel. This zoom does not affect zoom or scaling in Print Preview dialog
Print the Form
Open Print Preview dialog
Save current layout and open it in Miraplacid Form Viewer
Select, move and size fields and labels in the right panel
Add an editable field to the right panel
Add a label to the right panel
Text align: left (default)
Text align: centre
Text align: right
Save layout as PDF document with editable fields
Undo changes
Redo last Undo command
Rotate form right
Rotate form left

Multi-select operations toolbar:

Align to the left border
Align to the right border
Align to the top border
Align to the bottom border
Size to Wide
Size to Narrow
Size to High
Size to Low
 
Text alignment buttons are not included into this toolbar, but they support multi-select operations too.

How to save paper and toner:

You can imagine how much work we have done in order to test the printing functionality of Miraplacid Forms. We would run out of everything if we print to a real printer. Fortunately, we have a virtual printer - Miraplacid Publisher. Everytning we print to this printer appears in the preview window and can be saved to an image file or redirected to a real printer.
You don't have to buy Miraplacid Publisher to try it with Miraplacid Form. Download 15-days free trial and play with it. We hope, it is something you might find useful.
 

See also:

Miraplacid Form Designer Quick Help
Miraplacid Form Viewer
Miraplacid Form Viewer Advanced Topics
Miraplacid Form Print Preview Dialog
Miraplacid Web site
Miraplacid Form Web Page

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