LimSee3 Walkthrough

Basic editing functions

In this section, we present some basic editing functions of LimSee3. We illustrate them with examples executed on the welcome document and we encourage you to perform the same manipulations as your read.

Text typing

The first obvious feature is the possibility to type in some text in the text areas. Take for instance the upper field with the centered, blue Welcome text. Click (with your mouse) into the field, just after the Welcome message and add some text. Of course, your text will be rendered in the current style - in big blue characters.

Typed text
Fig. 1 - Text typing


Redo button Redo

Undo button Undo

Now, we can introduce another useful feature - the undo and redo buttons, which you can find in the tool bar. Almost every action you do in a LimSee3 document can be undone and then redone anew. You can test the function on the above example:

Undo/redo on text
Fig. 2 - Undoing/redoing (on a text example)

Don't hesitate to try our examples. You will always be able to undo an unwanted action.

Text formatting

LimSee3 provides several tools for formatting text. They are derived from classic text editors, so that you should be rapidly familiar with them.

Text alignment

Justify button Justify

Right align button Right

Center button Center

Left align button  Left 

A first series of buttons allows to modify the alignement of a text paragraph. On the welcome screen, the first two fields are centered, while the others are mostly justified.

You can notice that if your mouse pointer hovers above a button in the LimSee3 interface, a tool tip pops up after a while to explain the function of the button. Thus, if you move the mouse over the Align the text to the left button, you will see "Align the text to the left".

Character face

Underline button Underline

Italic button Italic

Bold button Bold

The following buttons deal with the precise format of individual characters. The first three allow to make characters to be bold, italic, underlined or a combination of these variants. The same buttons allow also to switch to the normal display: clicking on the Bold button button while some bold text is selected makes the text revert to normal.

Font size Font size

Font face list Font

The next two popup lists manage respectively the text font and its size. You can notice that the actual font list proposed in the first widget depends on your system - fonts are different on Windows, Linux or Mac.

Text and background color

The last text formatting widget is the color palette: Color palette. You will find nearly hundred predefined colors there, which you can apply on the text or on its background. You can notice that some parts of the palette are hidden, but you can scroll the lines to make them appear.

To change the color of some text, select the text portion then click on the corresponding color in the palette - your text has changed color (but it is sometimes not visible until you deselect it). The background color can be changed in a similar manner, only this time you have to hold the Shift key while clicking on a color.

Now you are able to re-write or re-style all the texts on the welcome screen. You can try it - the changes will not be kept, unless you save the document (we will discuss saving later).

Basic media manipulations

And now, some more interesting stuff. After all, LimSee3 is not a text editor, it is a multimedia one, so where are the medias?

Actually, the welcome document contains nine different medias: five texts (the rectangular text fields with white background) and four images (three clip-art pictures and the yellow-ish background image).

Welcome document medias
Fig. 3 - Medias in the welcome document

Deleting a media

The first possible manipulation of a media is to remove it. For that, point your mouse on a media - for instance on the text field next to the question-mark picture - and right-click on it (on Mac OS, a right-click can be done by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking). A contextual menu would appear on top of the media:

Detail of contextual menu
Fig. 4 - A one-line contextual menu for a text media

If you choose to delete the media, your welcome document changes:

Deleted text
Fig. 5 - Detail of the deleted text area

Creating new text

The grey area that has replaced the text field is a place-holder, which is an area able to contain a media. In fact, a place-holder is a basic template, which describes a location (here a rectangle at the bottom half of the document) and the kind of medias that can it can contain.

Our example shows a place-holder which can receive an image or a video or a text or an audio. Of course, you can bring back the removed text by using undo, but you can also create a brand new text media - for this, open the contextual menu (which has changed) and choose the "Start a new text" item.

New text
Fig. 6 - How to create a new text

Copying a media

Another possiblity is to paste an existing media into the place-holder. For this, let us copy the smiley picture and paste it into the place-holder: open the contextual menu on the smiley, select to Copy the media, then come back to our place-holder, open its contextual menu and select to Paste the media.

Copy and paste of a media
Fig. 7 - Copy and paste of a media

As you notice, the smiley picture is not entirely visible in the media area. This is a feature: the picture is larger than its container and so the container clips all that overflows. This default behavior can be modified: one can for example make the picture shrink to fit into its container, while preserving the aspect ratio, but such a manipulation is out of the scope of this initial walkthrough.

Copying a distant media

Medias that you put into your document need not to be local to your computer. If you are on-line, you can perform the following operation. In your browser, go to the Google Image Search site and look for instance for pictures of "forest". Then, right-click on one of the found images and choose to Copy Image Location.

Copy an image on the web
Fig. 8 - Copy an image on the web

Come back to LimSee3 and paste the picture on the clipped smiley:

Paste an image from the web
Fig. 9 - Paste an image from the web

Since the image is relatively small in our example, it fits into the container:

Pasted web image
Fig. 10 - Pasted web image

The manipulation we have just performed illustrates several interesting points:

Final remarks

Before going to the next section, let us make a few remarks:

In the next section, we deal with the screen layout and the possibility to modify it.

Status of the document: last changed on 4th March 2008. Copyright INRIA. Created by Jan Mikáč