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Depiction Editor

Description: The depiction editor allows you to easily draw and edit your own agent depictions or import existing artwork and use it as agent depictions. The depiction editor comes equipped with a toolbar along the left side of the editor with standard drawing tools, a menu bar on top and buttons at the bottom.

The depiction editor tools components, such as the Default Color Palette, the Tranparent checkbox, the Depiction Preview, the Tools and the Buttons are described below.

Default Color Palette The Default Color Palette (shown below) contains a few basic colors you can use in drawing your depiction without having to use the Color | Color Chooser menu option. To select a color, just click on one with the mouse. The big square on the left shows the currently selected color.

Transparent Checkbox The Transparent checkbox (shown below) is used to mix colors. When the box is checked, the drawing tools (Pencil, Fill Rectangle, Fill Circle, Draw Rectangle and Draw Circle) will mix the currently selected drawing color with the color already placed within the target area.

Depiction Preview The Depiction Preview shows you the depiction you are currently editing at its actual size. If the size of the agents exceeds 90x90, the Depiction Preview shows the depiction resized at 90x90.
The Arrow Tool

The Arrow Tool drags pixels of the displayed depiction within the depiction editor.

The Pencil Tool

The Pencil Tool draws pixels in the editor with the color currently selected in the Ink Color Palette (see below).

The Eraser Tool

The Eraser Tool erases parts of a depiction. You can use this tool by clicking on pixels one at a time or by holding down the mouse and dragging the eraser around the screen. The eraser only erases pixels within the confines of the depiction editor.

The Fill Tool

The Fill Tool fills in any closed region of a depiction with the color selected in the Ink Color Palette.

The Color-Picker Tool

The Color-Picker Tool samples from colors in the depiction. Click with the Color-Picker on any pixel of the depiction. The color of that pixel will appear as the selected color in the Ink Color Palette and will be used as the current drawing color.

The Fill Rectangle Tool

The Fill Rectangle Tool fills a rectangular region with the currently selected color. Choose the Fill Rectangle Tool from the toolbar and define a rectangular area to be filled by clicking and holding the mouse while dragging the mouse. The region will be filled by the designated color once the mouse button is released.

The Draw Rectangle Tool

The Draw Rectangle Tool draws the outline of a rectangle using the currently selected color. Choose the Draw Rectangle Tool from the toolbar and define a rectangular area by clicking and holding the mouse while dragging the mouse. The rectangular region will be outlined with the designated color once the mouse button is released.

The Fill Circle Tool

The Fill Circle Tool fills a circular region with the currently selected color. Choose the Fill Circle Tool from the toolbar and define a circular area to be filled by clicking and holding the mouse while dragging the mouse. The region will be filled by the designated color once the mouse button is released.

The Draw Circle Tool

The Draw Circle Tool draws the outline of a circle using the currently selected color. Choose the Draw Circle Tool from the toolbar and define a circular area by clicking and holding the mouse while dragging the mouse. The circular region will be outlined with the designated color once the mouse button is released.

Undo Button

The Undo button reverts the last drawing action.

Clear Button

The Clear button completely erases the current depiction from the depiction editor window.

Done Button

The Done button closes the depiction editor window and saves the changes you have made to the current depiction.

Cancel Button

The Cancel button cancels editing a depiction and closes the depiction editor window without saving any of the changes you have made to the current depiction.

Camera Button ( Mac Only)

The Camera button enables you to capture images from your Mac's built-in or external iSight camera, for use as a depiction.


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