Menu
Index

Options

 
  The options window can be accessed by clicking 'Options' in the Edit menu. Any options modified in the options window will be stored so that the values persist after closing and reopening the program.
 
Any values changed will take effect after clicking the 'OK' button. Clicking 'Cancel' will close the window without changing any settings.
 
Click the 'Restore Defaults' button to set all values to the default settings that Pivot had when it was first run.
 
 

Animation Dimensions

Set the width and height to set the dimensions of the animation. This is indicated by the dotted lines in the frame editing area.
 
If you have already added frames to the time-line then you will be prompted to confirm the changes after clicking 'OK'. All frames in the time-line will then change to the new dimensions and any background images will be cropped or padded to the new dimensions.
 
If you intend to export the animation as a video, then it is advisable to set the values to a multiple of 4 to avoid black borders in the resulting video.
 

Onion Skins

Set the number of selected figure onion skins from 0 to 9. The default value is zero since this reduces lag when moving figures in the frame editing area.
 
Select 'Show Ahead' to show onion skins ahead of the frame being edited when editing a frame in the middle of the animation time-line.
 

Figure Handles

Show Unselected

Unselect 'Show Unselected' to show only the origin handle of unselected figures. This helps to reduce handle clutter in the frame editing area so that selecting and moving figures is easier. When selected, all handles will be shown as blue in unselected figures.
 
This setting does not apply to joined figures because there would then be no way to select a joined figure. Therefore all handles are shown for unselected joined figures even when the option is unselected.
 
This option can also be changed more quickly from the main animation window by using the Ctrl+H keyboard shortcut.
 

Autosize

Choose how the size of handles is determined. When selected, handle sizes will be based on the length of their attaching lines. This means that neighbouring handles that are close together due to short segments will be small to prevent overlap, which can make dragging handles easier.
 
When unselected, handle sizes are large and may overlap when close together. Handles will only reduce in size if the lines they're attached to are both short and thin. This option can be used if you find it difficult to drag small handles.
 

Language

Select the language for Pivot captions and messages.