Appears when you click Add Format on the toolbar and allows the user to create a format for the entire plant. After the user creates the format, the Format Manager display is updated. Formats appear subordinate to the selected format category, that is, a folder in the Tree view.
Name — Specifies the name of the format as it appears in the Tree view in the main window. This name must be unique and can be any combination of characters.
Format category — Specifies the category of the format and determines where the format appears in the Tree view in the main window. The format category is specified by the folder you select in the main window.
Displays the format item that is currently active, lists all the format fields included for the selected text format, and contains the Edit, Insert Text, Insert Field, and Delete buttons needed to change format properties.
Item — Displays the numeric value that indicates the text or format item that is currently selected in the Format mask field and the total number of items that comprise the format. You can use this list to select the portion of the format you want to edit. The scroll-up button increases the number in the Item list. The scroll-down buttondecreases the number in the Item list.
The numbers in the Item list update automatically when you add or delete text or fields.
Format mask — Displays the text and field items that comprise the format.
You can create compound formats, which use a combination of fields to create a complete format. An example of a compound format is 10 ft. 4 in. This example includes format fields for 10 ft., which defines the measurement in feet; and 4 in., which defines the measurement in inches.
You can also define a format using a single field that involves secondary/tertiary units. Unlike compound formats, when converting to a format using a single field that involves secondary/tertiary units, only the last unit used will display decimal values. For example, 98 cm would display as 3 ft 2.6 in; 16.8 l would convert to 17 quart 1 pint 8.1 oz.
Edit — According to the type of item selected in the Format mask field, displays the Field Properties dialog box or Text Properties dialog box. You can use these dialog boxes to specify the properties for the selected item.
Insert Text — Displays the Text Properties dialog box to add text to a format. This dialog box allows you to append text to the text format string that is currently selected.
To ensure that unit-conversion is performed successfully, any additional texts that are added using the Text Properties dialog box must be placed to the right of the units that have already been added using the Field Properties dialog box. When creating a new format always add the format fields before adding any text. You can also use SmartText in Catalog Manager to embed text into label formats. Formats that have embedded text should be used only for label formats and not for properties that appear in the Properties window.
Insert Field — Displays the Field Properties dialog box to create a field. You can append a format field to the format that is currently selected.
Delete — Removes the format definition. The software prompts you to confirm the deletion of a format.