Release notes - version 2.0.5

This version of Atlantis Word Processor is a minor release with new "text to table" and "table to text" features, plus minor changes and bug fixes. Please read on for details.

Convert text to table

In most cases, structured data are represented in documents within cell tables. But sometimes such data are stored as ordinary text where the separation between structural items is realized through some character. In the example below, items of the list with persons' name, age, and location are separated through tab characters:

Tab-separated list

Each "row" of data is terminated with a paragraph end mark:

Tab-separated list

Quite often such lists of tabular data can be found in plain text documents that cannot contain proper tables. But they are also quite often used in formatted documents.

Such a tabular list can easily be converted to a table in Atlantis. To do so, select the list with the keyboard or mouse:

Selecting table

then choose the "Table | Insert | Table..." menu command or click the corresponding toolbar button:

The 'Insert table' command

This will display the "Convert Text to Table" dialog:

The 'Insert table' dialog

where you need to specify which character Atlantis should consider a column separator (in our example, the tab character), and how many columns of items are actually present in your list (3 columns in this case, for name, age, and location). However, note that in most cases Atlantis will identify the separator character and the column count automatically. In such cases, you'll only need to click the OK button to convert the selected text to a table:

Cell separator

A tab character is the most common separator for structural lists of data. But you can also convert lists using any other character as a separator, like, for example:

Cell separator


Cell separator

You could even find each list item in a separate paragraph:

Cell separator

To convert such a list to a table, you will often need to manually specify the desired number of columns in the "Convert Text to Table" dialog:

The 'Convert text to table' dialog

Note. When converting text to tables, Atlantis uses the default table properties. These can be edited by clicking the dedicated button in the "Convert Text to Table" dialog:

Default table properties

Now let's suppose that the text to be converted to table is immediately preceded or followed by a proper table, like this:

Followed by a table

If you select that text:

Select text

and convert it to a table through the "Table | Insert | Table..." menu command or the corresponding toolbar button, the selected text will automatically be incorporated into the neighboring table:

Incorporated into the neighboring table

Convert table to text

Any table in an Atlantis document can be converted to ordinary non-table text.

For example, you might need to convert a table into a structural list before feeding the table's data into another application that does not support proper tables. You might also want to convert a borderless table:

Borderless table

to an ordinary linear structure.

To do so, right click the table that you want to convert to text, and choose the "Convert Table to Text..." menu command:

The 'Convert table to text' command

This will display the "Convert Table to Text" dialog where you can specify which character Atlantis should use to separate cell text:

The 'Convert table to text' dialog

Clicking OK will remove the table structure:

Remove the table structure

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