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Click the Oval Tool to add oval annotations to documents:
Figure 1. Comment Tab, Oval Tool
When the Oval Tool is enabled, click and drag the pointer to define oval annotations:
Figure 2. Oval Tool Examples
Click to select oval annotations, as detailed in the larger annotation in the image above. Selected annotations can be edited as follows:
•Click and drag the control points to resize ovals.
•Click and drag ovals to reposition them. The circle at the center can also be used for this purpose.
•Click and drag the green control point at the top to rotate ovals. Hold down Shift to rotate at increments of fifteen degrees.
•Use the arrow keys to reposition ovals. Hold down Shift to move at an increased increment.
•Use the editing aids detailed here to assist in the precise placement of ovals.
•Hold down Ctrl to create ovals from their center.
•Right-click ovals for further options. See here for an explanation of these options.
•Press Ctrl+' to open the Properties pane for selected annotations and view/edit properties:
Figure 3. Oval Tool, Oval Properties Pane
•Subject is the name of the oval annotation, as referenced in the Comments pane.
•Author is the name of the user that created the oval annotation.
•Name is the unique name of the oval annotation, as referenced within the application.
•Created is the date and time at which the oval annotation was created.
•Modified is the date and time at which the oval annotation was last modified.
•Printable is the print status of the oval annotation. If this property is enabled then the annotation is printed with the document. If this property is not enabled then the annotation is not printed.
•Locked is the locked status of the oval annotation. If this property is enabled then the annotation cannot be deleted and its properties (including its position and size) cannot be modified by users.
•Layer determines the optional content layer to which the oval annotation belongs. Further information about layers is available here.
•Fill Color determines the color of the line ending style used at the start of the oval annotation. The line ending property is detailed below.
•Stroke Color determines the color of the oval annotation.
•Border Style determines the style of the annotation.
•Border Width determines the width of the annotation.
•Opacity determines the level of transparency in the oval annotation.
•Blend Mode determines how oval annotations blend with overlapping content. These options are explained here.
•Rotation determines the degrees of rotation of the oval annotation.
Note that when the Oval Tool is enabled, the Format tab is available and can be used to customize the default properties of oval annotations:
Figure 4. Format Tab, Oval Tool
•Click options in the Shape Style group to select alternative default oval annotation styles.
•Click Keep Selected to keep the Oval Tool enabled and add multiple oval annotations to the document. If this option is not enabled then PDF-XChange Editor will revert to the designated default tool immediately after creating one oval annotation.
•Click Exclusive Mode to enable exclusive mode, which simplifies the process of using the Oval Tool. When Exclusive Mode is enabled, the pointer ignores all interactive elements of documents other than base content. This makes it possible to create oval annotations on areas that overlap with other content without the risk of accidentally selecting undesired items. When Exclusive Mode is disabled, the pointer recognizes and interacts with all underlying elements in the usual manner.
•Click Properties to open the Properties pane and view/edit Oval Tool properties, as detailed above.
•When oval annotations are selected, the Style Tools dropdown menu is available in the Format tab. It contains the following options:
•Click Copy Comment Style to copy the style properties of oval annotations.
•Click Apply Copied Comment Style to apply a copied oval annotation style to selected annotations.
•Click Apply Copied Comment Appearance to apply a copied oval annotation style to selected annotations.
•Click Make Current Properties Default to set the properties of the oval annotation as the default properties for subsequent annotations.
•Click Apply Default Properties to apply the default oval annotation properties to selected oval annotations.
•When oval annotations are selected, the Pop-up group is available in the Format tab and can be used to interact with the pop-up note of the annotation:
•Click Open to open the pop-up note.
•Click Hide to hide the pop-up note.
•Click Reset Location to reset the location of the pop-up note.
•When oval annotations are selected, the Arrange tab is also available and can be used to manipulate comments as detailed here.
Note that the Comment Styles Palette can be used to edit and save customized oval annotation styles for subsequent use, and the Commenting preferences can be used to view/edit preferences for all comments.