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Chapter 5 Graphics Objects

4. Ovals

Ovals, like rectangles (and squares) are very easy to draw. Basically, when you create or draw an oval, the same dashed outline appears as when you create other types of objects. Since the outline is always rectangular, it does not show you exactly how the oval will appear when you set it, but, as with lines, the general size and shape of the outline should give you an idea of the oval that will result.

The oval option can produce circles as well. As long as the edges of the outline are equal making a perfect square, the result will be a circle.

To create an oval or circle:

1. Choose oval from the Create menu.

2. Move the mouse to shape the outline that appears, so that it fits the general shape of the oval or circle you want.

3. Left-click the mouse to set the oval or circle.

To configure the oval more precisely you can change the 'horizontal and vertical size' properties in the oval's property sheet after you draw the oval. Change the gain on the sliders of those properties to medium or fine so that you may change the value more precisely. See Working with Sliders in Chapter 2 for more information on manipulating sliders.

Other than that, what applies to the rest of the objects in the graphics objects category applies to ovals and circles. See General Characteristics and Properties in this chapter for information on how to configure the general properties of ovals.

To create an oval or circle:

EDD/DM User's Manual, 2.4 - 27 MARCH 1997
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