VCF chart as a Table of Contents;
Posted 12 August 2008 - 06:13 PM
A palette chart is used to store custom colors, characters, numbers, etc. for convenient re-use. Open the palette chart concurrently with a newly created chart and copy/paste to the new chart the color boxes, characters, numbers, etc. that you plan to use. You can make your own palette chart, or - for a ready-made collection of custom color boxes, numbers, asterisks, and arrows - download the palette at http://vblakelock.com/VCFpalette.vc2. Instructions and practice boxes for hand-coloring charts using the palette are at http://vblakelock.com/practice.vc2. Save the .vc2 files to disk, open VCF and navigate to the Visual Chartform files to open them.
I also saved the border on the TOC in the first screenshot to a blank chart for future use. The border is a 1-pixel black line made with the rectangle drawing tool on the tool bar, and positioned about 3/8" in from the edge of the paper. I made the border in an empty chart sized to 8.5 x 11 paper, and copied it to the finished TOC chart. You can get as fancy as you want to with borders - wider, colored, embellished. I like to add the border last thing after the chart is completed so it is not in the way when working on the chart.
Posted 03 October 2008 - 06:45 AM
Descendants box chart
Left to right orientation. Waterfall style
Box size: 150 pixel, 0 minimal height
Text: Tahoma 8
VCF Palette used for numbers and to hand-color.
Note: In working charts, I do not use a color legend. Colors are used solely to differentiate family groups or lines and facilitate quickly locating people.
The last screenshot is a close-up, showing the number boxes more clearly. I used gray box lines so they would not stand out too much - so the eye goes first to the color, then to the name/ID and then to the page number.
Posted 03 October 2008 - 08:40 AM
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