The Sketcher is a fully featured drawing and illustration plug-in for the Text Editor which allows you to create precisely editable graphics using lines, shapes, fills and customisable text. Elements remain independently editable and selections can be temporarily stored for re-use in other sketches. Sketches can be stand-alone illustrations, but the sketcher can also be used to annotate existing images.
To begin using the sketcher to make a sketch, you must be in a document text field with the Text Editor open for editing. Open the Sketcher either from the ‘Insert’ menu of the Text Editor, choosing ‘Insert Sketch’ from its drop-down, or click the ‘Insert Sketch’ icon in the plug-ins segment of the bottom toolbar.
A Sketch dialog window opens. A range of drawing tools are available in the left side of the sketcher window, and to the right, settings can be applied to selected objects in the sketch – the options appear when an object is selected. Fragments of sketches can be selected and saved in the ‘Templates’ bar on the far right of the sketcher. These can then be re-used in any other diagram or image annotation during the current editing session. These saved elements are stored in the browser instance, so will remain available as long as the current browser is active, though they will not persist when the browser is closed and re-opened – this feature is effectively a multi-option visual clipboard.
Sketching can be done on a tablet using fingertip tap, swipe and draw gestures, or using a computer mouse.