The Alchemy menu bar provides access to basic functions such as printing, entering fullscreen mode, and accessing the Alchemy help. More advanced features such as automatic saving and 'switching' to another application can also be accessed from the menu bar.
Lets go through the menu bar one item at a time. Keep in mind that the menu bar looks different on each operating system, but the basic functionality is very much the same.
Clear the canvas.
Export the canvas as a PNG, JPG, or single page PDF file.
Define the page settings for printing.
Print the canvas.
Exit Alchemy (Windows only).
Copy the canvas to the clipboard as a bitmap.
Flip the canvas horizontally.
Flip the canvas vertically.
Enter fullscreen mode. To exit fullscreen mode, hit the ESCAPE key.
Toggle transparent fullscreen mode. If selected, when entering fullscreen mode the Alchemy canvas window will disappear and you can draw directly on top of the desktop. Please note that this view does not show a live image of the desktop, so it is not possible to draw on top of moving video etc...
The session menu controls how a Alchemy 'session' is recorded. When using the session menu a multi-page PDF file is created, with pages saved either manually or at timed intervals. The file is saved to the session directory with an automatically date-stamped filename.
Manually save a page to the session PDF file.
Save Page & Clear
Manually save a page to the session PDF file, then clear the canvas.
Start/stop timed recording.
Set a timed interval to automatically save pages into the session PDF file.
Auto Clear Canvas
Automatically erase the canvas when 'Auto record' is turned on.
Load Session PDF...
Load an previous Alchemy session to draw on top of. Please note that PDF files not created in Alchemy, in particular those containing text, can cause errors. It is also not possible to load the existing Alchemy session onto itself. Once a session has been loaded, the four menu items below will also become available.
Go to the next page of the loaded session PDF.
Go to the previous page of the loaded session PDF.
Unload Session PDF
Unload the session PDF - removing it from the canvas.
Link to Current Session
When this option selected, using the save settings of the current session (Save/Save & Clear/Auto Record) will automatically advance the the loaded session PDF to the next page. This is useful for adding to a each page of a previous session one by one to create a new PDF session file.
Begin a new session. Creates a new session file when saved next.
The switch menu allows you to quickly open the current Alchemy canvas in another user-defined application. The idea is to be able to quickly continue working in a more 'conventional' software application without losing the creative 'flow'.
Open the current Alchemy canvas as a vector graphic in an external application.
Open the current Alchemy canvas as a bitmap graphic in an external application.
Set Vector Application...
Choose an external application to open the Alchemy canvas in vector format.
Set Vector Format
Choose a format for the Vector Switch, either SVG or PDF
Set Bitmap Application...
Choose an external application to open the Alchemy canvas in bitmap format.
Turn smoothing on/off. With smoothing off, lines will have hard edges, i.e. no anti-aliasing. Depending on the system this can result in better performance.
Turn line smoothing on/off. Line smoothing is the process of curving lines to make them look smoother. With line smoothing off you may notice kinks or hard angles in the line when drawing with fast movements. This is usually more noticeable when drawing with a mouse, rather than a pen tablet. Turning line smoothing off can result in better performance.
Launch the keyboard shortcuts window and customise the various Alchemy keyboard shortcuts.
Open the Alchemy help
Open the Alchemy website in the default browser.
Open the Alchemy forum in the default browser.
Open the 'about' window (Windows only).
There has been error in communication with Booktype server. Not sure right now where is the problem.
You should refresh this page.