Creating and Saving Color Palettes for Version 5.3
About Creating, Saving, and Sharing Color Palettes
You may want to create and distribute custom color palettes so that you and others can build graphs that have standard sets of colors. OnePager is distributed with several standard color palettes which are available to all users.
Creating Custom Color Palettes
If you want to create a color palette that others can use, you must create a custom color palette. Here are the steps:
1) Open any project view and click the Project-View Properties (PVP) button and select the Edit color palettes… button in the Main tab as shown here:
2) Select an existing palette as the starting point for your custom color palette by choosing one of the palettes from the Palette name: dropdown list:
- a) You have the option to BROWSE… the available distributed color palettes or select a color palette group from the dropdown list shown above. When you click on the BROWSE… OnePager will bring up the Open window shown below:
- b) Select the desired palette and click Open to make the selected palette the current palette.
- c) Clicking on any of the other options in the dropdown list above will immediately make that selected color palette the current palette.
3) Create the custom color palette by navigating to the Palette Editor menu bar’s File button and click Save current color palette as… command, shown below:
4) Clicking the Save current palette as… dropdown menu command brings up the Export Chronicle Graphics color palette (TAP) file form where you can name your custom color palette and even store it in a different folder than OnePager previously created. The Export Chronicle Graphics color palette (TAP) file form looks like this:
Modifying Color Palettes
You may want to add a color to an existing color palette, change a color, or delete a color from a color palette. This can be done by using the following steps:
1) Before you can make changes to an existing color palette it must be retrieved from its storage folder. To do this, launch the Template Properties form for the template involved as discussed elsewhere (See: Managing Templates (Portal)) and go to the Main tab and click the Edit color palettes… button. This will bring up the current color palette as shown below:
2) You have several areas where you can make a change:
Change Color Palette Name
- a) This is done by retrieving the color palette that you want to rename by using the dropdown button opposite the field named Palette name: which gives you access to all the color palettes available by providing you access to the color palette storage folder. Clicking the dropdown button reveals the following:
- i) Click the BROWSE… command to bring up the Windows Open form for the color palettes as shown here:
- ii) When the desired color palette is selected, click the Open button and this color palette will become the current color palette for editing purposes.
- iii) Then, use the Save current palette as… command from the File dropdown to save the renamed color palette as shown below:
- iv) Clicking on the Save current palette as… command will bring up the Export Chronicle Graphics color palette (TAP) file form as shown below:
- v) Click Save to save your renamed color palette.
- vi) It is not recommended that you change the color palette name for PERMANENT color palettes.
Add Colors to a Color Palette
- b) This is done by first clicking the Add color(s)… button in the Palette Editor. Doing this brings up the Microsoft Color form as shown below:
- i) There are already basic colors selected but to add your custom colors (up to 16 at a time), select one of the 16 Custom colors: checkboxes, place the cursor into the color spectrum area desired, move the color selector (slider arrow on the left) to the desired color, click that color so it appears in the Color|Solid window on the form and then click the Add to Custom Colors button.
- ii) When this is done, the Color form will look like this:
- iii) Repeat this process until all the new colors are selected. You can add up to 16 colors at a time before clicking OK to post the new colors into the color palette.
- iv) At the end of the process described here the custom palette will look like this:
- v) When you click the Close button the process is complete.
- vi)You will be asked if you want to save the color palette that was changed. Answer Yes or No to this question and OnePager will take the appropriate action.
- vii) As shown above, you have the option to cause the color palette you just modified to become the default color palette by clicking the Choose as default button. If so selected, in this example, Custom palette_8 will become the default color palette for all color operations including round-robin color selection and other color related features in OnePager.
Changing Colors in a Color Palette
- c) To change a color within a color palette first bring up the desired color palette as described above so that it is visible. Then use the steps below:
- i) In the Palette Editor, shown on the left in the graph below. Click the color that you want to change (1). Then click the Change color… button (2).
- ii) This will bring up the Color form as shown below on the right:
- iii) Select the new color that you want as discussed above in the Color form (3, 4, and 5).
- iv) Then, click the Add to Custom Colors button (6) so that it appears in the top left-most box in the Custom colors: group on the Color form (7).
- v) Finally, click OK (8) and the changed color will appear in the selected box of the Palette Editor form as shown in the sequence below:
- vi) After the color is changed, click Close and the new color will become part of the selected color palette.
Deleting a Color
- d) To delete a color from a color palette, first bring up the color palette into view as described above.
- i) Next, select the color box that has the color to be deleted and then click the Delete color… button as shown below:
- ii) Click Close to complete the action.
Deleting a Color Palette
Since color palettes are stored the same way as project views and templates, this means that deleting a color palette can be done by going to the folder where the color palettes are stored, selecting the correct color palette to delete and using your keyboard's Delete Key to delete the file. Just follow the steps described below:
1) First access the color palette file as shown below:
2) Once the color palette file for deletion is selected, press your keyboard’s Delete Key or right-click the selected file and click the Delete command in the context menu.
Sharing Color Palettes
1) Project views are represented in your computer as a .TAM file and templates as .TAT files.
- a) Whenever you create a project view there is a color palette associated with it and stored within the .TAM file.
- b) The same holds for named template files (.TAT files).
- c) These color palettes are the default palette for the project view or template in which they are stored and travel with the project view or template where ever it might go (shared).
2) If you build custom color palettes or import one or more custom color palettes from elsewhere, these are stored in the ColorPalettes sub-folder under the same overall folder as your project views, templates, and custom milestone symbols. Custom color palettes are stored in .TAP files, where they are then accessible for use in the creation or modification of project views.
3) There are no special actions required to distribute a default color palette other than to export a template or project view as discussed above. Whenever you export any template in a .TAT file or project view in a .TAM file, the default color palette will be included in the exported file. (See: Sharing Project Views (Portal)).
4) When the project view or template is imported at the destination, color palettes will be stored in the ColorPalettes folder as a .TAP file and will be available to select with the Edit color palettes... button. You may see a general warning message from OnePager when you open an imported color palette that was exported from a different version of OnePager. If this general warning message appears, it should be ignored and canceled.
5) You may at any time access any custom color palette file (.TAP) in the ColorPalettes folder and export them in any available fashion (e.g., email attachment, etc) to any other OnePager user.