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Copy to Clipboard


All products of the Shadow Analyzer Collection allow to copy images of their windows into the Clipboard of the Windows system. In addition, Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer allow to copy also the text and tables of its "solar" windows into the Clipboard.


These options allow to use images of 3D views generated by our products in other graphics programs to create different documents and collections of pictures. In the case of Shadow Calculator or Shadow Analyzer, it also allows to write different reports on the site analysis or use the obtained results of the shading into further calculations for your solar projects.  


These options are gathered in the "Copy To Clipboard" section of the Edit menu. They allow to transfer data like images, tables, and plane text from our products to the applications like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Photo Editor, etc.


General notes


The Clipboard is a powerful inner mechanism of the Window system that implement the data transfer between different application programs. You know it by common Copy and Paste commands of different applications that you use everyday. For example, you can copy a text fragment or a picture from your Internet browser, and then paste it into your MS Word document.


The interface of most applications is intuitive enough, and you merely implement the Copy command in one application, then switch to another application (activate it clicking on its main window), find the Paste command in its menu and implement it.


Usually you do not need to know what is really happened inside your PC in such cases. However, you can be confused sometimes, when you for example try to insert a picture into the text window of a simple application like Notepad. Such the command cannot be implemented, and the Paste command of Notepad menu is inactive (the corresponding line of the menu is grayed).    


It occurs, because the Clipboard is actually a set of different standard predefined data formats, and each particular application accepts only those formats, which it can work with. For example, Notepad cannot work with graphics. Therefore, Notepad does not react on images, which are already copied into the Clipboard, while the MS Word does. In other words, if you copy something to the Clipboard, it does not mean that you can paste it in any other application.


Analogously, the Copy command become more complex and requires a few different menu items, when you select (activate) a window with different types or layers of the information. In such cases, the standard shortcut key combinations of the keyboard commands like CTRL+C and CTRL+V that you use to copy/paste a simple text is not enough and does not work.


Copy and past the text from/to the Edit controls


In our products, you still can use the shortcut keys CTRL+C and CTRL+V to copy/paste the text from/to the Edit controls of the toolbars Scene and Location. As usual, you need firstly select the text using the mouse or double-clicking inside the small window of the Edit control.  


Note that these simplest commands are not listed in our menu.


Copy images, text, and tables


There are two sections of the Edit menu: "Set Window Size of" and "Copy To Clipboard".


You can resize the window before to copy its image. Although you can do it simply dragging the widow border by the mouse, sometimes you need a more precise adjustment. The commands of the section "Set Window Size of" allow you to set the window size in pixels. You can do it with the entire main window of the application or with any particular active frame window like the 3D View window or any "solar" window of the Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer. The commands "Main Window..." and "Active Frame Wnd..." call the simple "Set Window Size" dialog for these purposes. 


The application remembers your latest setting. Therefore, you can use also the command "Repeat Frame Size" to repeat the same size for any active frame window without calling the dialog.  


Although these methods do not allow to set the individual sizes of the separate panes of the 3D View window, both left panes keep the same width during the resizing of the frame window.


There is the standard method of the Windows system that allows to copy the image of the main window of any active application into the Clipboard. It is valid also for our products:



Our "Copy To Clipboard" commands allow to copy the following contents:



Do not forget to activate the corresponding pane clicking on it before to copy its contents, otherwise the menu line is grayed.


Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer have some additional commands for their active "solar" and "table" windows:



Note that each copy command automatically empties the previous Clipboard contents before to copy new information into the Clipboard.


Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer have yet one command "Increase Line's width". This command cyclically changes the width of the curves in "solar" windows. You can use also the shortcut keys "Q" and "W" of your keyboard. The shortcut keys "Q" and "W" change (decrease/increase) the line width in the active "solar" widow, while the corresponding menu command does it simultaneously for all "solar" widows.


How to paste the Clipboard contents


Once you copied something into the Clipboard, you can activate another application, find the Paste command in its menu, and implement it. If the application has the shortcut keys CTRL+V for this action, you can use your keyboard.


The Paste command is very simple for images. Once you copied the image into the Clipboard, open for example the MS Photo Editor, open its Edit menu, and use the command "Paste as New Image".


To implement the Paste command for text and tables copied from Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer, keep the following rules.


We use the TAB-separated table format, when we copy tables into the Clipboard. It means that each table row is copied as a text line, where the cells of the original table are TAB-separated to correspond to the table columns. The first row contains the column names. 


Note that some "solar" windows contain a mixture of the plane text lines and tables. The line with the table title stands before the table, and does not belong to the TAB-separated format of the table. 


When you paste a table from the Clipboard into the MS Excel table, it allocates the rows and columns automatically, while each plane text line occupies the first cell of a separate row of the Excel table.


When you paste the table contents from the Clipboard into the MS Word document, it represents the table firstly as a text with the TAB-separated cells, but without any graphical lines or borders between rows and columns. To transform this text into the table with borders, you need to select precisely the table inside the document, and then use the command "Table"/"Insert"/"Table..." of the MS Word menu. Do not include the table title line in the selected fragment (but include the line with the column names).