KnotMaker 2.2 Written by Derek Smith and Dave Root
   
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The Basic Functions



   In the above picture:

  1. Left-click an icon in the Toolbox to highlight it. The picture shows that the "RightAngle Curve" icon is highlighted in the Toolbox, so the RightAngle Curve tile is now the active tile.
  2. Left-click the canvas to place the active tile into a grid cell. The grid cell becomes highlighted, and its location is displayed in the title bar ("Column: 3    Row: 8").
  3. The asterisk in front of the word "KnotMaker" in the title bar indicates that the current drawing has been modified but not saved.





   In the above picture:

  1. Left-click somewhere else on the canvas to place the active tile into another grid cell.

    Right-click a grid cell to rotate the tile clockwise. The picture shows that the highlighted tile in column 4 and row 8 is the same tile as in column 3 and row 8, but the highlighted tile was rotated by right-clicking it.

    Shift+right-click a grid cell to rotate the tile counter-clockwise.
  2. You can also rotate a Toolbox icon by right-clicking or shift+right-clicking it before placing the tile onto the canvas.





   In the above picture:

  1. Drag the mouse (using the left mouse button) to draw a red selection border around a group of tiles. You can also use shift+arrows to draw a red selection border around a group of tiles.

    To move the selected tiles, drag them to a new location using the left mouse button.

    To copy the selected tiles, drag them to a new location using the right mouse button.

    While you're dragging the selected tiles, the grid cell that the mouse pointer is in will be displayed in the KnotMaker title bar.
  2. Place a Tail End tile at the tail end (AKA the working end) of every rope. Each rope should have exactly one Tail End tile because some of the KnotMaker functions look for this tile.
  3. The Standing Part tile shows the direction in which the "standing part" of the rope (i.e. the main part of the rope) is traveling into or out of the knot. All of the KnotMaker functions ignore this tile, so your drawing doesn't need to have any Standing Part tiles.


The Layers Window



   In the above picture:

  1. To make one section of rope cross over another section of rope, simply place more than one tile into the same grid cell. Each tile will be in a separate layer of the grid cell, stacked on top of each other to create a rope crossing. By default, each grid cell has 10 available layers for placing tiles (this can be changed to a maximum of 15 layers in the "Tools/Options" window).

    To change which section of rope crosses over the other section of rope, click one of the buttons described below.
  2. The blue Layers window shows the contents of all of the layers in the highlighted grid cell. In the picture, the Layers window shows that there are four tiles stacked on top of each other in the highlighted grid cell at column 4 and row 6.

    Layer 1 is the top layer in each grid cell, and layer 15 is the bottom layer. Tiles can be placed into any layer of a grid cell, one tile per layer. Empty layers are invisible, so layers 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 in the above picture have no effect on the drawing.

    To move the Layers window, click and drag its title bar. To hide the Layers window, click the "X" icon in the window's title bar. Use the "View" menu to show the Layers window again.
  3. In the Layers window, the active layer has a black border around it. When you place a tile into a grid cell, the tile will be placed into the active layer. If there's already a tile in the active layer then the existing tile will be pushed down to the next layer, as described under "Insert radio button" (below).

    When you right-click in a grid cell to rotate a tile, this will only rotate the tile in the active layer. You can also rotate a tile by right-clicking the appropriate layer in the Layers window (if the "Draw By Selecting Endpoints" option is selected, as described below under "The Drawing Options Window").
  4. When the Layer Inspector icon is highlighted in the Toolbox it will display a turquoise magnifying glass, and the cell border on the canvas will become turquoise (instead of black). These are visual clues to let you know that "inspect" mode is turned on.

    In "inspect" mode, you can safely click anywhere on the canvas without placing a tile. This allows you to inspect the layers in any grid cell, leaving the drawing unchanged.

    When you're in "inspect" mode, all of the Drawing Method radio buttons (see "The Drawing Options Window," below) will become unchecked. To turn off "inspect" mode, simply click one of the Drawing Methods. The magnifying glass will then disappear and the cell border will change to black.

    Keyboard shortcut: Use Ctrl+I to turn on "inspect" mode.

The Layers window contains the following controls:


The Drawing Options Window



   In the above picture:

  1. To move the Drawing Options window, click and drag its title bar. To hide the Drawing Options window, click the "X" icon in the window's title bar. Use the "View" menu to show the Drawing Options window again.

   The Drawing Options window contains the following controls:



The Animation Window



   You open the Animation window by clicking the "Animate the Drawing" button in the Toolbox. The Animation window contains the following controls:


Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts


The File Menu


The Edit Menu


The View Menu


The Tools Menu


The Help Menu


Creating Custom Tiles and Tilesets


Modification History