Label Widget Help
This widget lets you display a line of text on the
monitor. These text labels are particularly useful if you
want to create a movie script with descriptive labels
which pop up at the correct times. If you want to label
particular objects in your 3D scene you should see the
Edit Other Objects widget.
Changing Font Attributes
The foreground and background colors of the text
window can be set by picking the appropriate item from the
colors menu (hold down the right mouse button while over the
"colors" field, or click with the left button). The font
style can be set from the font menu (the middle field which
is titled with the currently chosen font). Fonts can also
by toggled through by clicking on the font field with the left
button. Similarly the font size can be changed from the
menu associated with the rightmost field.
Whatever text you type into the white text line will
become the current label.
Displaying the Text Label
Click on Show Label to display the label on the monitor.
You must position and stretch the label box to the correct size
(hold down left mouse button) before releasing the left button.
After the box has been sized, there is no way to resize it other
than to delete it (Hide Label) and then reshow it. If the box
you have created is too small, you may not see any text.
Actually, the above statement is not quite true. You can
resize and reposition the text window by using your standard
windows technique for modifying borderless windows. Thus if you
have Alt-F7 defined as Move and Alt-F8 as resize, you can put your
cursor over the text label, press Alt-F7 and then move the window.
You can easily check which control keys you need to use by moving
the cursor to the border of a normal window (i.e., one with
borders and not a DAVE widget) and holding down the right mouse
button. This should pop up a menu. The menu items should describe
the equivalent key bindings.
Only one label can be displayed at a time.
Label Control Menu
This menu controls how the label will be saved in a movie
script for later playback.
Save Label to Script
Choosing this menu item when a label is displayed causes it
to be saved to the current movie script.
Prior to saving to a script, a script file must be open and you
must be in Record Video mode. See the Edit Script (soon to be
renamed Create Movie) Help for more information (in the Goodies menu).
This text will stayed displayed during playback of the movie script
until the point in the script that you pick Hide Label in Script or
until a new label is saved.
I believe that you should save the label for a given scene
immediately after you do a Save Matrix for the scene.
Hide Label in Script
Choose this menu item at the point in the script that you want
the previously specified label to disappear. This is not necessary if
you want to replace the current label with a new one. In that case
just do a second Save Label to Script.
Copyright 1995 by Lawrence M. Lifshitz and the University of
Massachusetts Medical School. All rights reserved.