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Discussion: Purple Pen: how to NOT show control label

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Dec 18, 2018 3:09 AM # 
goal here is to produce an image with just the control circles without label.

can't figure out a way of doing that using Purple Pen.
there is a setting to make the label bold, but not make it disappear.
there is a setting to either choose the auto-numbering sequence or the control ID, but no choice for "nothing" (aka "blank")
Dec 18, 2018 3:18 AM # 
Pink Socks:
You can click on the control number to manually move it, so just move it really really far away. (This doesn't work for an 'all controls' course, though).
Dec 18, 2018 3:38 AM # 
ah... look at that... the labels are movable, just grab 'em and move 'em.

didn't know that...
Dec 18, 2018 11:49 AM # 
Yes the idea behind the feature is to be able to place the numbers in a position where they don't obscure details. Placing them off the printable area certainly accomplishes that.
Dec 18, 2018 1:02 PM # 
Can u define font colour of 0,0,0 RGB?
Dec 18, 2018 2:03 PM # 
gudeso, 0,0,0 is black. I think what you mean is 256, 256, 256 but even then that would just be white and would show up over everything that's not plain white forest.... what you would need is Rgba with an alpha channel (opacity) set to 0.

Meanwhile all this ignores the fact that should really be defining your colors CMYK for printing or as spot colors (if you were to use spot color printing).
Dec 18, 2018 2:37 PM # 
Export to OCAD and delete the numbers easy as
Dec 19, 2018 3:31 AM # 
gudeso & Canadian - there is only one option to set the course symbol colour in Purple Pen, so your solution would hide the circles and lines as well as the numbers. Richard's solution is the best one.
Dec 19, 2018 12:46 PM # 
Fair enough Simmo. I'm not familiar with Purple Pen so didn't know that actually but it makes sense.
Dec 19, 2018 1:45 PM # 
I was hoping you could reduce the font size to zero, but the smallest it will let you go is 1.0.
Dec 19, 2018 2:15 PM # 
... but you can open .ppen file (thats xml file) with a text editor (like notepad) and set that font size smaller that 1.0. Setting

<course-appearance number-size-ratio="0.0000000001"

... will make numbers disappear. You may not have that parameter in your ppen file if you don't first set it in UI to something other that the IOF default.
Dec 20, 2018 4:46 PM # 
thanks Jagge, that worked out great. and yeah, you need to set that value to > 0.0 amount, because if you set it to "0.0", opening up the file in PP will open a dialog box saying something wrong happened and it crashed

Value of '0' is not valid for 'emSize'. 'emSize' should be greater than 0 and less than or equal to System.Single.MaxValue.
Parameter name: emSize

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