Did you know it's now possible to instantly apply the formatting of one map object to another in Surfer 16? No more painstaking hours spent customizing maps one at a time to make them all look consistent. You can now copy the formatting of map layers, limits, axes, text, drawn objects such as polygons and polylines, and scale bars, then apply this formatting to other objects in a project! If you're a Grapher user, you might be familiar with the Copy/Paste Format tools already. If not, here's a quick example of how it works:
Let's say you spend some time formatting a map to look exactly how you want. The contour fill, labels, axis labels, graticule, title and color bar have all been modified from the default properties:
In another SRF project, you have a basic contour map that you would like to feature the same stylistic elements. In the past, getting one map object's style to match another has been a very manual process. But now, it's much easier to quickly apply the formatting of one object to another:
First off, open the unformatted project in a second Surfer Plot tab.
In the original map, select the Map title text, and click Home | Clipboard | Copy Format. Select the Map title text for the second map, then click Home | Clipboard | Paste Format. The text is immediately updated with the font, point size, bolding, color and underlining of the original text object. Neat!
We can apply the same principle to the other map objects:
That's it! We hope this is a big time saver for you when customizing your graphics output.
You can read more about the latest new features and improvements in Surfer here: Surfer Version History