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Post Nov 21, 2018 19:12
You may have seen from my Twitter feed that I'm currently re-writing the text / label tool (in the Pro/Steam editions) to use proper fonts and sizes. Since you might not follow me on there, I thought I'd start a thread to show some progress.

I'd also love questions and feedback, plus whether there's any particular features you might want to see.


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Post Nov 21, 2018 19:23
To expand on this a little more, the new text tool will allow for:

* Selection from any compatible font installed on your system (e.g. I have 227 typefaces in various styles)

* Faux bold and italic styles in case your font doesn't have them, also underline and strike-through modes.

* Free placement of text, not restricted to grid alignment.

* Adjustable size from 6px to 250px which will scale based on the camera zoom / export size.
Post Dec 18, 2018 16:38
It's really interesting.
Site Admin
Post Dec 18, 2018 20:03
Thanks, it's taking a long time! I hope to post an update soon.
Post Dec 26, 2018 06:42
The new text tool looks incredible! Can't wait.

BTW, David, do you have any plans for implementing text search? If we could search for a specific text label, it would be immensely helpful. With large multi-region games, the problem of WHERE WAS THAT NPC becomes sort of irritating.
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Post Dec 26, 2018 19:34
Yes I'd like to add search one day, for sure!
Site Admin
Post Jan 14, 2019 16:59
Text Tool is slowly approaching being finished and ready to ship.

Last big features are:

* Support multiple fonts within one text object,
* Move/drag handle to re-position the text
* Line alignment options,
* Image export
* Correct loading of old map files.

It'll then be ready for v4.3.1. I'd like to do more with it but for now I only want it to support everything the existing labels can do plus the extra bits like adjustable size and typeface.

Future stuff will be text effects like outlines, shadows, rotated / curved writing, etc.