During your work with Aximmetry, you may have several reasons to set notes in your compound.
For example, you may leave notes so that you and others can easily pick up the work where you left it.
On this page, you will learn how to leave notes and use the Info Panel in Aximmetry.
The Info panel is part of the Aximmetry Composer UI.
If you can't find the Info panel when opening Aximmetry Composer, you can always open it from the View menu
Note: Or simply press Ctrl + I.
The Info panel will display the notes bound to different objects when you hover over them with the mouse cursor
More on binding notes later.
Create a Note
In the Flow Editor, right-click on an empty surface. In the menu select: Insert Note...
The Note options window will pop up.
The title of the Note.
The title will appear in the upper left corner of the note box. The title should be short and descriptive.
Can be left empty, if the body is not empty.
The title text properties can be set in the lower part of the dialogue box, in the row starting with Title
The body text of the Note.
It will appear below the title (if there is one).
Can be left empty, if the title is not empty.
The body text properties can be set in the lower part of the dialogue box, in the row starting with Body
By default, the note is in Auto colors mode.
This means that when you bind the note to a compound, it will match its color.
If it is not bound to anything, it will be displayed with a stone gray color.
In order to add custom colors to your Note, first turn off the Auto colors mode.
You can then select custom colors for the parts of the Note by clicking on the colored rectangle next to them.
Back is the background color of the Note.
Title is the color of the title text.
Body is the color of the body text:
To make the Note transparent, turn on the Transparent setting.
The Note will be transparent and only the text will be visible until you connect it to something. Only the title and the body will be visible.
Of course, you can still change the colors of the text.
By default, the Auto size feature is turned on. This means that Aximmetry will automatically set the height and width of the Note box around the content.
Next to the Auto size option, you can also find a value. Here, you can set the max width of the Note box. With Auto size still On, the height of the Note box will be automatically set to properly fit around the content.
To change the size of the Note box to a custom value, turn off the Auto size setting.
You can now grab the lower-right corner of the box with the mouse cursor to resize it.
You can bind Notes to:
- Control Boards
- Other Notes
A Note can be bound to more than one object at the same time.
Also, an object can have more than one Note bound to it.
How to bind notes to objects
To bind a note to an object, hover over the left or right side of the note with the mouse cursor.
You will see that the area got a little darker.
Click and hold down the left mouse button on this area to drag a wire out from the Note.
Pull this wire onto the object you want to bind the Note to.
Drag the wire and drop it onto an empty area inside a Node
When you hover over the Video Player module, the Note's text will be displayed in the Info panel
Drag the wire and drop it directly on the Pin
When you hover over the Cursor pin of the Video Player module, the Note's text will be displayed in the Info panel
to other Notes
Drag the wire and drop it onto another Note
This can be useful for creating a workflow chart in your project.
To add a note for the whole compound, connect the note to the left or right side
Then it will point to the top
The Info panel will display the Note's text either if you select the Compound in the FLOW editor, or if you are inside the Compound, but nothing is selected.
You can also add Notes to the in-, and output pins of Compounds
The Info panel will display the Note's text if you hover over the Pins on the dashboard while you are inside the compound or if you are not inside the compound and hover over the Pins on the compound.
Example of the latter:
to Control Boards
Since Control Boards hold Pin Collectors, Notes should be connected to these.
Connect Notes to the Input pins of the Pin Collectors to name buttons and values of a Control Board,
And connect Notes to the Pin Collector itself to comment on the Control Board.
Here are examples of the 3 ways of connecting the notes.
This is how our example setup looks like in the FLOW editor
Changing to the Control Board...
The info panel will show the Note for the whole Pin Collector if you hover over it.
Hover over the Pin name in the Pin Values window to show the Note for the Pin.
To comment on buttons on the same Pin, you must start the Note's title with "#" and the number of the button you want to add a Note to.
How the comment looks like for a special button with Icon Keyword:
How the comment looks like for a normal button:
The special character combination $linked$ will show up as the connected nodes' names
Hide and show Notes
Notes don't have to be visible all the time. You can hide them by right-clicking on an empty area in the FLOW Editor and choosing Hide Notes.
From now on, the notes will only be visible in the Info panel, and when you hover over objects that have notes connected to.
If the compound has a note that was hidden, the FLOW Editor will show a note icon at the right bottom corner of the editor.
You turn the hide feature off the same way you have turned it on. Simply right-click on an empty area in the FLOW Editor and choose Show Notes.