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Adding Pictures

As you probably know, you can have pictures in your Atlantis documents. Atlantis does not offer tools for creating new pictures. But there are ways to add pictures to a document in Atlantis.

If a picture is stored on your disk as a graphic file, the simplest way to insert it to your Atlantis document is through the Insert | Picture... main menu command of Atlantis, or by clicking the Insert picture Button image toolbar button. You can also you Drag & Drop: just grab this graphic file in Windows Explorer, drag over the Atlantis window, and drop to the desired location in the document.

If you already inserted the required picture to your document in the past, you could use the drop-down menu of the Insert picture Button image toolbar button:

This menu displays names of recently inserted graphic files. You could click the desired filenames from this menu to insert the correponding picture to your document. You could insert a picture from the Atlantis Clipart Gallery (use the Clipart Gallery... command from the same drop-down menu).

Note. Atlantis allows to insert pictures of the following graphic formats:

 • Bitmaps (BMP)
 • Enhanced Metafiles (EMF)
 • Metafiles (WMF)
 • JPEG Images (JPG)
 • CompuServe GIF Images (GIF)
 • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
 • Zsoft Paint Brush Images (PCX)
 • Truevision Targa Images (TGA)
 • Tag Image File Format (TIF)
 • Kodak Photo CD (PCD)

The alternative way to add a picture is through the Windows clipboard. If you can place the picture onto the clipboard through any other application (for example, through your graphic software), you could easily paste this picture into your document in Atlantis.

Note. Pictures are inserted into Atlantis documents in line with text. You cannot make the document text wrap around a picture, or move a picture to a location on a page where there is no text.

Once inserted to a document in Atlantis, pictures can be selected, deleted, copied, moved etc in the same way as ordinary text.

Resizing Pictures

To resize a picture, you need to select it first. The simplest way to select a picture is to click it.

When a picture is selected on its own, small boxes are displayed at each edge of the picture:

You can grab any of these boxes with the mouse, and drag until the desired size of your picture achieved. While you drag, on the status bar Atlantis displays information about the current picture size relative to its original size:

When picture is selected, you can also choose the Format | Picture... main menu command. It would open the Picture dialog:

In this dialog you can specify a new size for your picture in two ways:

  1. Specify picture size expressed in the current measurement units (for example, in inches) as it should appear on printed paper.
    For example, if you want your picture to be 3'' on width and 2'' on height printed on paper, specify 3 and 2 in the topmost Width and Height boxes correspondingly.
  2. Specify the scaling factor that should be applied to the original dimensions of your picture (the original size of your picture is always displayed at the bottom of this dialog). Use the bottommost Width and Height boxes.

When Lock aspect ratio is checked in this dialog, the original proportions are automatically kept when you change the picture width or height. In other words, you only need to specify a new width or height for the picture. Specify a new width, and the height will be adjusted proportionally. And vice versa.
When this option is on for a selected picture, and you use the mouse to resize the picture in the document window, the original width to height ratio will be kept if you grab and drag any of the four resizing handles on the picture corners. If instead you use any of the four resizing handles on the picture sides, the original width to height ratio will not be kept. You will be able to resize the window to new proportions.

When the Zoom to fit page option is checked, the picture will be displayed "zoomed to fit page" both in the document window of Atlantis, and when viewed as EPUB file in the eReaders.

Reducing Picture Quality

Big document files can be a problem if you want to send them over the Internet or if you're running out of hard disk space. Quite often document files are big simply because they include rich-color pictures. Accordingly, one of the most straightforward way to get lighter documents is to reduce the color depth of the pictures they contain. You can "lighten" pictures directly in Atlantis. Just right-click the document picture and choose the desired color depth from the menu:

Reducing color depth will often create a poorer picture. But there is an upside to this. Document size might be reduced by kilobytes, tenths of kilobytes, and in some cases even by hundreds of kilobytes. You can end up with dramatically more compact document files. You will find this feature useful if picture quality is not paramount. This can be the case, for example, if you want to send draft versions of your documents by email.

Saving Pictures as Graphic Files

In Atlantis you can not only insert pictures from graphic files to your documents. You can also save (or export) any picture in your Atlantis document to a separate graphic file of any of the following graphic formats:

 • Bitmaps (BMP)
 • Enhanced Metafiles (EMF)
 • Metafiles (WMF)
 • JPEG Images (JPG)
 • CompuServe GIF Images (GIF)
 • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
 • Tag Image File Format (TIF)

For this just click the desired picture in your document, then click the Save picture as... Button image toolbar button, or press the Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F12 keys. Alternatively you could right-click this picture, and choose the Save Picture As... command from the menu.

Operations on Multiple Pictures

As demonstrated above, you can perform various operations on individually selected pictures in Atlantis. But if you want to perform the same operation on multiple pictures from the same document. Here is how to proceed:

  1. Make a selection including all the target pictures.

    If you want to apply the command to all the pictures of a document, press Ctrl+A to select the whole document.
    If you want to apply the command to only a fraction of the pictures, select only the portion of document where the pictures are located. Note that you can select a whole fragment of document containing a mixture of text and pictures. Atlantis can automatically detect pictures from the wider selection.
    You can also make a multiple selection of pictures.

  2. Right-click any one of the selected pictures. The pop-up right-click menu will include information on how many pictures are selected, plus commands that you can apply to all the selected pictures:

In this way, all the selected pictures can be reformatted (resized) together. Their quality can also be reduced. Finally, you can use the "Save as..." command to save all the selected pictures as graphic files to your hard disk. Atlantis will ask you to give a name to the first picture:

If you include a numbering text at the end of the first filename, Atlantis will use this name for the first selected picture, then will save all the other pictures under the same filename but with incremented numbers: "Flower 2.png", "Flower 3.png", and so on.