Since images can tell you things text cannot describe adequately, TreePad allows you to display images alongside text. This feature helps you create anything from photo albums and personnel records to manuals like the present one. Images are also exported when you convert your TreePad file to a "Web site" (set of linked HTML files). The manual section on Images describes these techniques in more detail.
Inserting images is very easy. Although you can do this by cutting and pasting them from the Windows clipboard, we recommend that you use the Insert command to select the appropriate image(s) from image files downloaded and stored separately in a folder. Let's try this first:
- Find an image you would like to insert into your article and note its location in Windows Explorer.
- Right-click in the article where you would like to insert the image and click Insert ⁄ Image(s) from file to open the Insert image into article window.
- Navigate to the folder containing the image1, click it to select it and display a miniature image of it2, then click Open to insert it at the current cursor position.
To undo this step, press Ctrl+Z. To delete the image, click it (a border with small square "handles" will appear around it - see below) and press Delete. See Deleting images.
This shows the border and handles that become visible on single-clicking an image. Reposition the image by dragging it when the border is visible, or re-size it by dragging one of its handles.
Copying, cutting, pasting images
You can copy an image from one TreePad file to another, or even from a compatible document such as a Microsoft Word document to a TreePad file, via the Windows Clipboard, simply by pressing Ctrl+C , Ctrl+X , or Ctrl+V to Cut, Copy or Paste the image respectively. However, there are some caveats about preserving image quality and these are discussed in Image alteration by conversion. See Importing and inserting images for further details regarding these commands.
Each time an image is inserted or pasted, a copy of the source image file is added, compressed, into the TreePad database. This approach is obviously necessary if each image inserted into a TreePad file is different, but if the same image is pasted into several places in the file, it wastes a good deal of space in the database since on each occasion a fresh copy of the same image is added to the file. To save space, TreePad allows you to insert multiple image references to the one image file. For example, if you decided to use a graphic instead of text as an article heading in multiple articles, all it would take is one copy of the graphic to be stored in the database, then every article with that heading would contain an image reference at its top directing TreePad to display that image if the article is selected. This is called cloning the image, requires special commands and is detailed in Cloning image references.
Moving, positioning and resizing images
Images can be moved and repositioned by dragging them, inserting spaces, tabs or text between them and the left margin, by indenting the left margin, or by enclosing the image in a table cell. Resizing can be done by dragging the handles, but it is better to do this only to get a rough idea of their ideal size, then use an image editing program to resize them accurately while maintaining their proportion and re-import them. See Positioning images, Moving images and Resizing images.
Exporting and converting images
One of TreePad's powerful features is that it is able to import and export images in a wide range of popular formats. Thus you can use it as a de facto image converter if you wish. Image conversion is also carried out when an article with images is exported as a Web page, to make the resulting image files as small as practicable to shorten download speed. See Exporting images.
- You can select multiple images (within the same folder) to be inserted using the same methods as used in Windows Explorer to select multiple files, i.e., pressing and holding down the Shift or Ctrl keys to select consecutive or non-consecutive images respectively.
- This is also termed a thumbnail, from the phrase "thumbnail sketch", i.e., a sketch about the size of a thumbnail.