Tracks Formatting Dialog

Tracks Formatting Dialog

The Tracks Formatting dialog lets you quickly set the formatting, including visibility, font, color, and layout, for your various tracks fields. It also lets you save your favorite combinations as presets that you can access later with just a click or two. Changes you make in this dialog apply only to the current foreground label, so you can edit the formatting of your disc label without affecting the jewel case inserts, etc.

You can launch this dialog by clicking the "Formatting" button on Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker's Tracks Dialog.

Here's what all the controls on this dialog do:

Presets: This combo box contains all the system presets (the ones that ship with the software) and user presets (presets you saved yourself) for quick access. Selecting a preset will cause the software to format your tracks text with all the font properties (and optionally, the layout information from the "Arrangement" combo box) stored in that preset.

To create presets of your own, click the "save" button. It's directly adjacent to the Presets combo box and has a little picture of a disk on it. This will launch a file-save dialog in which you can choose a name for your preset and decide whether you want your preset to store just font information or both font and layout information. (If you choose to save layout information, the preset will save the layout information from the "Arrangement" option you currently have selected.)

Changed your mind about a preset you've created? To delete it, select it, then click on the Delete button. This one is next to the Save button & has a picture of a pair of scissors on it. (It will be disabled unless you've selected a user-created preset.) Before deleting your preset, the software will prompt you so it can make sure you didn't click the Delete button by accident.

Arrangement: This combo box contains a list of quick-layout options for the current label. (It contains the same options as the auto-format combo box that appears on the tracks object's toolbar after you select it.) Selecting an option from the Arrangement combo box will cause the software to format the layout of your tracks text to match the option you've selected.

Fields: This list box contains a list of all your tracks fields. To edit the font formatting, visiblity, and text color for a particular field, select it in this list box, and the dialog will update itself to display the current font/color/visiblity settings for that field.

You can use the up and down buttons next to the Fields list box to change the order in which fields display. If you want the Artist field to display before the Song Title field, for instance, select the Artist field, then click the Up button.

Field is Visible: Check or uncheck this box to hide or show the currently selected field.

Font:  The font/typeface combo box lists the font in which the currently selected field will display.

Size: Use this combo box to change the font size in which the currently selected field will display.

Bold: Check or uncheck this box to make the currently selected field display with either bold or normal weighting.

Italic: Check or uncheck this box to toggle the currently selected field between italicized and non-italicized display.

Underline: Check or uncheck this box to turn underlining on and off for the currently selected field.

Text Color:  This pair of controls lets you control the color in which the text for the currently selected field gets drawn. The text color button displays the current text color. Click on it to change the color.

The which-tracks combo box lets you set the text color for all tracks or just for odd- or even-numbered tracks. If you select the "even-numbered tracks" option and then click on the text color button, for instance, the text color you choose will apply only to the current field in even-numbered tracks. 

If you've chosen different colors for odd- and even-numbered tracks and you select the "All Tracks" option, the text color button will display the odd-tracks color on the left side of the button and the even-tracks color on the right side. (Selecting a color when the "All Tracks" option is chosen will set the color for both odd- and even-numbered tracks.)

Using different colors for odd- and even-numbered tracks can make the tracks listing easier to read when it contains a large number of tracks. Make sure that both colors show up well against your chosen background art, though.

The Tracks Dialog

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