Extremely small fonts in axis annotations and titles

Q: When a profile or map is first displayed, sometimes the font size of the X and Y coordinates and titles are extremely small and cannot be read on the screen. This applies to both both page layout and non-page layout views. Is there any way that I can change the defaults so that my annotations are bigger without needing to change them manually? 

In page layout mode the fonts may not be readable – this is by design as the page layout view is a print preview so you are interested in what the fonts look like on paper rather than on screen.

A: The normal mode is designed to show you your document in a viewable/readable fashion. There are a few solutions to this issue:

1. Firstly you can create a registry key in – "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Encom\Encom PA\DefaultSettings" called "2DAxis_TickFontHeight". Make it a DWORD value and enter a value for the font height (decimal). It is in tenths of a point so 7 pts = 70, 10pts = 100 etc.

You will find that this immediately addresses the problem.

2. Secondly and the traditional workaround is to modify the font sizes to what you want and then save the document as a template. You can then use this template as the default source every time you open a profile by specifying it as the default template. You do this via the Encom PA options dialog (Tools>Options menu).

3. There is another option that can only be set via the registry that will affect font sizes. It is a key called "ADVANCED_NORMAL_MODE" found under the "Settings" directory. This mode will be used whenever you have fixed size cells in a frame in your document. By setting this key to 1 you can also use it all the time. With this mode turned on fonts will appear smaller I think and they become variable size in normal mode.

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Last Updated on: 8th of January, 2008