5. Style


The style of a board defines its aspect: colours, shapes, sizes... When you created the previous board you selected a predefined style (in this case, SPC), but you do not have to settle for this look: you can modify it and adjust it to your liking.


Click on the icon Edit style in the toolbar to display the style editing dialog.

This window has two sections: Cell styles and Page style. Cell styles shows the various aspects that a cell can have based on what it does. Notice that the match the types of cells that are offered when you insert a new one. In Page style you can define the default appearance of the pages.


    Cell styles

You are free to change every detail of the style of the cells in your board. Suppose, for example, that we would like our message cells (People, Verbs, Descriptive, etc.) to have an outline to improve their contrast with the background. Select the style People in the list on the left (if it is not already) and press the outline icon Medium at the right.


Notice that as you select the new outline, the cells of type Person the board change automatically. This allows you to immediately see the result of the changes to the style. Remember, if you do not like how it looks, you can always reconfigure the style as it was before, or undo.

Are you not sure about the orange colour of the outline? No problem. Click on the orange box on the right and choose a new colour.



You can also modify cell shape. Rectangular with rounded corners or works well for almost any type of cell, the kit works best with the jump cells because it conveys the idea that they contain more pages. The round cells are perfect for the boards of the child or action cells as read or delete.



Text is one of the most important parts of the appearance of a cell. If the font you choose is not right, or the size is too small, the message can be difficult to read for some users. On the other hand, making it appear centered, aligned at the bottom or even completely hiden can help differentiate one type of cell from others. For example, if a cell says an individual letter (instead of a complete message), it may be a good idea to give it the appearance of a typewriter key.
In the example below, we have modified the colours, the shape and the text of every styles to give them a custom look. Background colours are clearer, but they have a dark outline that delimits them clearly. In the message bar cells we have hidden the text and the background transparent.

     New Styles


In addition to the predefined cell styles, you can add your opwn. For example, suppose we want to make all cells referring to members of my family have a certain look. The best way is to create the cell style Family.



Click the "+" icon below the list of styles cell and type "Family". A new style is added, which initially looks like the first of all, People. Modify it to your liking.
Once the style is added, it will be available for the new cells that you create. As we have no slots available on our pages, we will delete the cells Good morning, Good night and Yes (by selecting them and pressing Delete or clicking on the icon on the toolbar), and add the cells of type Family Dad, Mom and Grandparents.

     Page style


Just like with the appearance of the cells, you can edit the appearance of pages.

     Message Bar


You can choose the size of the message bar from three sizes available, or even hide it completely. In general, it is wise to use a medium or large bar if you want to display text and/or pictograms, and leave the smaller size if only text is displayed.


You can also choose the font of the messages displayed on the bar. If the board is going to be used by someone who is starting with literacy it might be a good idea to choose a calligraphic font. If, on the contrary, it will use someone with a good level of reading, he may feel more comfortable with a small bar and print letters.




You can choose the background colour of the page and if the cells and the message bar project shadows. If you choose a very intense background colour you should make sure that the cells clearly contrast against it.




It is possible to independently assign the spacing between rows and columns, and to the page edge. Reducing the spacing generally allows you to insert more cells, but it may make it more difficult for some users to differentiate one cell from another.


    Save style


If you have worked to change the style of a board to your liking, including the appearance of the cells (possibly adding new cell styles) the size of the message bar, page coloirr, etc.), it is more than likely that you will want to keep your style for use in other boards that you create in the future.


To do that, click on the Save style icon on the upper right corner of the dialogue. Choose a name (that does not match any of the predefined styles or another style that you saved before), and done. The new style will be available later when creating new boards.


In the program settings you can see the list of all available styles, predefined or created by you, and delete them if you no longer need them.


    Custom styles


Both the cell and the page styles help achieve a uniform appearance on the board. By making all cells referring to people use the style People, it is enough to modify that style in order to change all corresponding cells at once. The same applies to the pages: if we decide to make the cells lie further apart from each other we can modify the page style, and all pages of the board will change.


But sometimes it is interesting to make a cell or a particular page has a unique style of itself. For example, if we want to add an image just as a sample (i.e., it does nothing when pressed), that image could be a cell with custom style.


To assign a custom style to a cell, just edit it (double-click), and in section Style select Custom. Then you can click the pencil icon located at your right to edit it just as any other style.


To assign a custom style to a page, first enter the pages dialog. Once there, click the pencil icon on the relevant page.

In the example below, we have changed the look of the page Food giving it a custom style. We have changed the background colour and extended the border and the size of the message bar. We have also assigned a custom style to Back cell. Neither of these changes affect the look of the other pages of the board or other cells of type Back that there may be.