MagicTracer’s workspace consists of the the menu, four toolbars, the view area, and the status bar.
The menu offers complete access to MagicTracer’s commands. Many of the commands are also available either from the toolbars or from a shortcut key, but there are some that can only be accessed from the menu.
The Main Toolbar contains tools for opening and saving projects, cutting, copying and pasting, printing, acquiring images from a scanner, undo/redo, and other top-level operations.
The Image Toolbar contains tools for manipulating the entire raster image – rotate, flip, mirror, and so on.
The Raster Toolbar contains tools to manipulate the raster image in order to prepare it for vectorization.
The Vector Toolbar contains tools to create and edit vector entities.
The viewing area holds windows that display your currently-open projects. Each project can be displayed in either Image or Vector mode. Image mode allows you to edit the raster image; vector mode allows you to manipulate the vector entities that have been created by you or by the Vector Convert command. You may also turn on the Overlap Mode, which displays your vector entiites superimposed onto the original raster image.
The Status Bar offers several useful pieces of information.
When you hover the cursor over a tool or menu command, the left end of the status bar displays a short description of the command. When you move the mouse cursor into the drawing, it displays the cursor coordinates in the image, and in Raster Mode, the color of the pixel the cursor is targeting. (The color is described both as a color index, for images with a limited color palette, and as the Red, Green, Blue, and Alpha components of the color.)
On the right side, the status bar shows three data fields. The first one is the current zoom factor. The second one indicates which display mode you are in, and whether or not Overlap mode is in operation.
The rightmost field displays different information, depending on your display mode. In Image mode, it displays the image size and color depth, in parentheses.
For example, “(800x600x24)” indicates that the image is 800 pixels wide, 600 pixels tall, and each pixel is represented by a 24-bit color entry.
In Vector Mode, the last field on the status bar displays the number of vector entities that are contained in the project, followed by, in brackets, [the number of lines, the number of curves, the number of circles/arcs, and the number of hatches), and then the number of points in the project.
For example, “720[699, 21, 0, 0]4674” indicates that there are 720 vector entities. 699 of the entities are lines, and 21 are curves. There are no arcs, and no hatches. The total number of points in all the entities is 4674.
Furthermore, if in Vector Mode you have selected one or more entities, a second set of square brackets contains two additional pieces of information: [the number of selected entities, and the number of selected points]. If there is an asterisk to the right of this second set of brackets, each of the selected entities forms a closed loop; otherwise, one or more of them is open-ended. (This can be helpful information when you are trying to hatch-fill several entities at once.)