Today I want to let you know some more interesting details about the upcoming TextMaker 2012 word processor. In short, formatting becomes much easier in this new version:
1. The dialog boxes for paragraph styles and character styles now show a preview of each stylesheet, and they tell you exactly what formatting a specific stylesheet contains:
If you look closely at the screenshot above (click on it to enlarge it), you will see that there are now options to create or update a stylesheet from existing formatting, too.
2. An eminently useful sidebar: SoftMaker Presentations has had it since version 2010, now we have added it to TextMaker 2012.
(Click on the individual screenshots to enlarge them)
The sidebar allows you to quickly navigate your documents. You can have it show all headings, all bookmarks, all footnotes, all tables, all pictures, or all objects. A simple click on one places the cursor in the chosen location.
You can switch to a view of all your paragraph styles or character styles and then format your document in any way you like. Point the mouse at a stylesheet, and a small tooltip appears that displays the formatting contained in a style (“Arial, 8pt, red”).
To put it simply, the new sidebar makes navigation and formatting much easier and more efficient.
If you have looked closely at the screenshots above, you might have noticed our new zoom slider in the status bar. Admittedly, we are not the first to offer it, but we found it so useful that we have added the zoom slider to TextMaker 2012, PlanMaker 2012, and SoftMaker Presentations 2012.
3. Table AutoFormat: If you think that formatting text means work, then don’t even start making tables nicer. Maybe you want the title row to stand out, maybe the first column. Or perhaps you prefer alternating row colors? This can quickly become a major effort. Not so anymore in TextMaker 2012 because we added an AutoFormat command for tables. It offers many well-designed styles for tables that can be applied with a single mouse click.