In terms of how pictures behave in the document, there are two key types of pictures: inline pictures and floating pictures.
By default, pictures in Atlantis are inline. They behave as if they are just ordinary letters of text. When an inline picture is inserted to a paragraph, the paragraph line's height gets automatically adjusted to accommodate the picture:
Inline pictures automatically move with the surrounding text as text is added or removed.
Unlike inline pictures that can appear only at certain locations within the host paragraph, floating pictures can be positioned nearly anywhere on the page. Floating pictures can be placed in front of or behind document text. They can also have text wrapping around:
A floating picture is always anchored to one of the document's paragraphs. When you select a floating picture, the anchor icon is displayed next to the paragraph to which this picture is anchored:
The floating picture always appears on the same page as its anchor. You can move the picture's anchor with the mouse in order to anchor the picture to another paragraph.
When there are pictures selected in the document, Atlantis displays the "Picture" context toolbar:
You can use the "Picture layout" button of that toolbar to convert the selected pictures from the inline type to the floating type, and vise versa, or choose how text wraps around the selected floating pictures:
In Atlantis, there are six wrapping styles of floating pictures:
When a picture is stored on your disk as a graphic file, the simplest way to insert it to your document is through the Insert | Picture... menu
The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:
command of Atlantis, or by clicking the Insert picture button of the Insert toolbar . You can also grab this graphic file in the file manager, 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 toolbar button to insert a graphic file from the history list:
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.
Once inserted to a document, pictures can be deleted, copied, moved etc in the same way as ordinary text.
Before performing any action on a picture, it has to be selected first. Individual pictures can be selected with a mouse click. Normally, when a picture is selected, Atlantis displays the picture's boundary box and the resize spots:
To select multiple pictures, press and hold the Ctrl key after selecting the first picture, then click additional pictures.
Pictures can be selected on their own. But the selection can also include a mix of text and pictures. On the image below, the selection contains a text fragment including an inline picture:
Floating pictures can be also included in a selection containing text. To do so, after selecting a text fragment, press and hold the Ctrl key, then click the desired pictures. On the image below, the selection includes a text fragment plus a floating picture:
Floating pictures can be also included in the selection in another way. On the image below, the selected floating picture is anchored to the first paragraph:
If you entirely select the first paragraph (including its paragraph end mark), the floating picture anchored to that paragraph would also be selected:
When the selection includes multiple pictures, the "Picture" context toolbar reports how many pictures are contained by the selection:
In such cases, any picture-related command applies to all the selected pictures.
Both inline and floating pictures can be moved to a new location in the document with a simple drag & drop. While inline pictures can be placed only at certain locations (character positions) within a paragraph, floating pictures can be placed nearly anywhere on the page. As already said, a floating picture always appears on the same page as the paragraph to which this picture is anchored. But there is another important thing to remember about floating pictures. The picture's position can be either fixed on the page, or the picture can move with the text to which it is anchored. You can switch to the required position type through the corresponding commands of the menu displayed with a click on the Picture layout button of the "Picture" context toolbar:
The same menu of the Picture layout button offers nine predefined picture positions:
Each of these nine options applies the Square wrapping style, the fixed position on page, and a certain alignment relative to the page margins.
While all common actions on pictures (like moving, resizing, deleting, etc) can be performed directly in the document window or through the commands of the "Picture" context toolbar, the less common options are offered only through the "Picture" dialog. You can open this dialog by choosing the "More Options..." command at the bottom of the menu displayed when you click the Picture layout button of the "Picture" context toolbar:
Alternatively, you can open the "Picture" dialog by simply double-clicking a picture in the document.
On the "Text Wrapping" tab of the dialog:
besides the wrapping style itself, you can specify on which sides of a picture text wraps around. You can choose to wrap text on both sides, to the left only, to the right only, or wherever is located the largest distance between the picture and the page margin:
On this tab, you can also specify the required distance between the text and the picture:
The "Position" tab allows to place a floating image with a certain align or absolute offset relative to various items of the page:
Finally, the "Size" tab of the dialog can be used to change the picture's size:
The picture's size can be specified in two ways:
When the Lock aspect ratio option is checked, 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.
The Zoom to fit page option is available for inline pictures only. When it 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.