BOOX Flexible Canvas Using Guide: How to Correctly Use Canvas Editor and Zoom

BOOX V3.1 Firmware Introduction Part Three

BOOX Flexible Canvas Using Guide How to Correctly Use Canvas Editor and Zoom

Since the V3.1 firmware update, we’ve introduced the flexible canvas with high customizability into our Notes app. However, some users may find it challenging to use the canvas. Some changes in the settings can make the notes and content “move” to other places.

But, don’t worry. This article will walk you through the settings and working principles of the custom canvas. We’ll help you find the best use of this versatile feature. Let’s dive in.

Two Significant Settings of Flexible Canvas: Canvas Editor and Zoom

Before we get to know how to merge the custom canvas into your workflow, let’s begin with the two most significant canvas settings: the canvas scale and the Zoom feature.

Many users assume that canvas only has one setting, the canvas scale. The canvas scale is available in 1×1, 1×2, 2×1, 2×2 and custom. And the “Canvas Adjustment” can automatically cut the redundant blank parts.

Canvas Editor and Zoom are in different places
Canvas Editor and Zoom are in different places

Other than canvas scale, another essential element for using canvas smoothly is the Zoom feature.

By tapping the Zoom button, you can zoom the canvas in and out, enable pinch-to-zoom to adjust the canvas with fingers, and fit the screen or canvas. 

Zoom options
Zoom options

These two buttons play different roles in using the flexible canvas in Notes. Let’s check the example below to get a grasp of when and how to use them.

The Suggested Work Flow of Using Flexible Canvas

Let’s say you want to create a vertical canvas.

1️⃣ Turn the device to vertical mode.

2️⃣ Choose 1×2 in the Canvas Editor to get a long vertical canvas.

Open a blank page and choose 1x2 in the Canvas Editor.
Open a blank page and choose 1x2 in the Canvas Editor.

3️⃣ Choose a portrait template, and select a template setting.

Select Grid Point (Portrait) template and set “Original Image Splice.”
Select Grid Point (Portrait) template and set “Original Image Splice.”

4️⃣ Create your work on it.

Create work on the canvas
Create work on the canvas

5️⃣ If you’ve finished your work and want to cut the extra blank spaces, you can tap the “Canvas Adjustment” in the Canvas Editor.

Use Canvas Adjustment to cut the redundant part.
Use Canvas Adjustment to cut the redundant part.

Things are pretty simple and straightforward for now. But, if you want to turn the device into horizontal mode and continue your artwork, then you need to take the following steps.

6️⃣ Swipe down the system menu and rotate the device to the landscape direction.

At this time, you must find the canvas is too big for the screen. You want to see the whole picture, so you can’t wait to change the canvas scale to make it “smaller.” Wooh-ooh, wait—this is not how things work. Keep reading step Seven to see what to do next.

Swipe down the system menu and rotate the device to the landscape direction.
Swipe down the system menu and rotate the device to the landscape direction.

7️⃣ Tap the Zoom button and tap “Fit on Screen.”

The canvas is immediately smaller. And everything stays in its place. Nothing changed, excellent!

Tap the Zoom button and tap “fit on screen.”
Tap the Zoom button and tap “fit on screen.”

8️⃣ Enable pinch-to-zoom in the Zoom.

The canvas may not be large enough for you to continue creating. But after enabling the pinch-to-zoom, you can use two fingers to enlarge or shrink the canvas to deliver the right size without changing its ratio.

Enable pinch-to-zoom in the Zoom to modify canvas size with two fingers.
Enable pinch-to-zoom in the Zoom to modify canvas size with two fingers.

9️⃣ You can also tap “Fit the Canvas” to make the canvas bigger while remaining the same ratio.

Tap “Fit the Canvas” to make the canvas bigger while remaining the same ratio.
Tap “Fit the Canvas” to make the canvas bigger while remaining the same ratio.

⭐ Last but not least, if you want to change the canvas ratio from 1×1 to 2×1 or other options, don’t do that with a horizontal canvas on the landscape mode. Instead, turn the device vertically and change the Canvas Scale in the portrait mode because you created it vertically at the beginning.

Rotate the screen to vertical to change the canvas ratio from 1x1 to 2x1 or other options.
Rotate the screen to vertical to change the canvas ratio from 1x1 to 2x1 or other options.

Use Canvas Editor and Zoom in Different Situations

After reading the above examples, you can confirm that Canvas Editor and Zoom play different roles in canvas settings.

As the instance shows, when you’re using a vertical canvas on a portrait mode, you can change the canvas scale in Canvas Editor. 

But when you turn the device to landscape mode, and you try to put down something on the vertical canvas, you need to zoom it in or out to change the canvas size without changing the canvas scale.

In conclusion, you can use Zoom anytime to modify the canvas size while maintaining its ratio. But you can adjust the canvas ratio in the Canvas Editor only when the canvas orientation is the same as the device direction.

Why Is It Important to Use Canvas Scale and Zoom Correctly?

It is important to correctly use Canvas Editor and Zoom because it can help you avoid a “content displacement” disaster.

After updating the latest firmware, some users found the content would sometimes move to other places when they used the flexible canvas in the Notes. Chances are they accidentally made the wrong settings to change the canvas size.

For instance, you’re using a vertical canvas in the horizontal mode. And you tap the canvas scale to try to change the canvas size. In this way, you’re trying to fit the vertical canvas into a landscape orientation. 

An illustration of incorrectly adjusting the canvas ratio and messing up the notes
An illustration of incorrectly adjusting the canvas ratio and messing up the notes

So two things will happen:

  • Some content is cropped.
  • The flexible templates will change their size and scale based on the canvas. 

If you apply the changeable template settings, such as the “Scaling” or “Stretch to Cover All,” the template lines and grids will change their places to execute the settings. In this case, the texts and content will display like they are not in the “right place.”

Original notes vs. messed-up notes
Original notes vs. messed-up notes

But if you can correctly use the Canvas Scale and Zoom, then you can avoid accidentally messing up your notes.

How to Recover the Cropped Parts and Messed-up Notes for Mistakenly Using the Canvas Settings?

“What if I’ve mistakenly messed up my notes,” you may ask. Fortunately, they can be recovered.

As we’ve said before, cropped parts and moved notes are most likely due to incorrect operations on the canvas settings. So you need to recall what you’ve chosen and applied at first.

1️⃣ Determine in what device orientation you create the canvas

Basically, you can only create a horizontal canvas on landscape mode and a vertical canvas on portrait mode.

2️⃣ Determine what canvas ratio you first select. Is it 1×1, or 1×2, or 2×1?

3️⃣ Determine which template settings at the beginning you’re using: Scaling, Original Image Splice, Stretch to Cover All, or Original Size?

4️⃣ Go back to the original device mode, select the original scale, and apply the original template settings. 

For example, turn the device into the vertical mode 【original mode】, select 1×1 【original scale】 in the Canvas Editor, and set the template to Original Size 【original template settings】.

Go back to the original device mode, select the original scale, and apply the original template settings to restore the notes.
Go back to the original device mode, select the original scale, and apply the original template settings to restore the notes.

Voila! Your notes and work are back in place. 

If you find your synced notes from the previous firmware to V3.1 shift to different places, please try to use different template settings to see if things improve. In most cases, the “Original Size” in the template settings can do the favor.

Set “Original Size“ in the template settings to avoid changeable templates.
Set “Original Size“ in the template settings to avoid changeable templates.

Conclusion

When using the flexible canvas, you can use the following tips to better create your notes and work:

💡Always determine the canvas orientation (horizontal or vertical) and ratio (1×1, 1×2, 2×1 or custom) at first and apply the template (landscape or portrait) accordingly.

💡Use Zoom anytime to zoom the canvas in and out without changing its ratio.

💡If you really need to change the canvas ratio, do it only when the canvas orientation is the same as the device direction (horizontal or vertical.) 

💡If you’re worried about the accidental change of the canvas layout, you can also apply “Original Size” in the template settings. In this way, the template size will be fixed and will not change with the canvas. 

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