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Toolpic

Toolpic software of Fridays For Future Germany.

Structure

The Rendering engine and the Components object are part of the module namespace object in the main.js.

Example

import * as Toolpic from "./dist/main.js"

console.log(Toolpic.Renderer);
console.log(Toolpic.Components);

Renderer

// Import Renderer
import Renderer from "./dist/main.js"

const render = new Renderer(template, 0);

To initialize a Renderer, pass the template description object (same as content of template.json) and the index of the format document you want to render.

Events

load

render.once("load", function() {
  // Rendering function ready to use
});

Data Receiver

To get or set the data of the rendering instance, use the data proxy.

Get Data

Important: If you get a property of the data proxy, you get an value description object with a lot of more informations as the connected component.

const myPropertyDescriptor = render.data["myProperty"];

console.log(myPropertyDescriptor);

/*
{
  type: 'Component type',
  description: 'Your Description',
  required: [Array],
  properties: [Array],
  value: <Value>
}
*/

You can just get properties that are defined within the template description object!

Set Data

render.data["myProperty"] = "my String";

Render Context

Within a rendering instance, there exists always a context element which is a normal <svg> node. This is the element, the magic happens within. You can append it or do what you like to do with it ;-)

render.once("load", function() {
  // Append the context svg element to the body
  document.body.append(render.context);
});

Template Description Object

The first argument is a template description object, which is just an object literal that describes the template generally. It contains all format documents (e.g. facebook & twitter) and the dynamic properties that will be required during rendering.

It looks like this:

{
  "name": "Date 2",
  "preview": "data/templates/date-2/preview.jpg",
  "type": "jpg",
  "documents": [

  ],
  "fonts": [

  ],
  "fields": [

  ]
}
  • name: String that describes the name of the described template
  • preview: URL to a preview image that previews the template
  • type: Primary export format. Mostly jpg but in case of a template with alpha png
  • documents: Array that contains objects which describe each format that can be rendered (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram)
  • fonts: Array that contains object which describe all required fonts for this template
  • fields: Array that contains components that are linked to properties of the template

Field Object

A field object contains the general information about the field as the required component class such as Line, Selection or Checklist

Structure

{
  "type": "TypeClassName",
  "description": "Description",
  "key": "propName",
  "default": null,
  "required": [true, true],
  "properties": {

  }
}
  • type: Class name of component that shall be connected to (Needs to be valid class name that is exported by Components). E.g. Line, Number, Checklist
  • description: Graphically description text
  • key: Related property name within the rendering instance's data controller
  • default: Default value for the rendering instance's data controller
  • required: Array that describes in which documents this property field will be used. Normally, do not use this property, because you should not exclude properties normally.
  • properties: Object containing properties that are specific for this type of component

The type property has to be a valid class name of a component class exported to Components of the module namespace object!

Example

{
  "type": "Number",
  "description": "Position",
  "key": "pos",
  "default": 0,
  "properties": {
    "value": 0,
    "max": 1,
    "min": -1,
    "step": 0.05,
    "kind": "slider"
  }
}

To understand all the others components and their properties, have a look at any template.json file! :)

Font Object

To embed a font to a template, just add it to the fonts array. A font description object looks like the following:

{
  "name": "Jost-600",
  "src": "fonts/Jost/Jost-600-Semi.ttf",
  "mime": "font/truetype"
}

Documents

Each template can server different documents (e.g. for twitter or facebook) that have different sizes. A document is described as the following:

{
  "width": 1200,
  "height": 1200,
  "src": "data/templates/date-2/de/1200x1200.svg",
  "alias": "Facebook, Instagram"
}

The properties and used fields are always the same in each document. To exclude a property field for a specific document of a template, it is normally used for, use the required property within a field description object. This is an array with boolean values that describe wether the document with the same index would not use this property.

{
  "type": "Line",
  "required": [false, true] // Property field would just be used/displayed while editing the 2nd document, not the 1st
}

Format Document Index

The second argument is a format description index, that is just an Integer that describes which format document (described in the template description object) will be used.

Component

A component is always an instance of the SuperCompontent class.

Example

const styleSource = 'dist/Components/Line/style.css';

class LineComponent extends SuperComponent {
  // Keyname and dataset to connect with
  constructor(keyName, rendererInstance) {
    super(styleSource, keyName, rendererInstance);

    const self = this;

    // Create input field by passing parameters trough assign()
    const input = Object.assign(document.createElement("input"), {
      type: "text",
      // Default/Start value is the current value of the dataset (mostly the default one)
      value: self.value.value
    });
    // Listen to input event of input field
    input.addEventListener("input", function() {
      // Set dataset
      self.value = this.value;
    });
    // Append input to root element of shadow
    this.root.append(input);

    // If this key changed on rendering instance
    this.on("update", function() {
      // Update input element
      input.value = self.value.value;
    });


    //return this.container;
  }
}

Initialization

To initialize a component, pass a keyName and a related Rendering instance to the class constructor. This connects the Rendering instance to the createc component.

// MyComponent is a constructor for a random component

const myComponent = new MyComponent('keyname', rendererInstance);

Data

To set & get data, use the value property of each component.

[Setter] value

// myComponent is the instance of a component

myComponent.value = `Foo bar`;

[Getter] value

// myComponent is the instance of a component

const val = myComponent.value;

// This is not the direct value but an value description object from the Rendering instance
console.log(val); // Prints 'Foo bar'

// 'Real' value as typed in
console.log(val.value);

Event update

If the connected property of a component changes within the Rendering instance, the update event fires.

// myComponent is the instance of a component

myComponent.on("update", function() {
  // Log new value
  console.log(myComponent.value.value);
});

Sounds complicated?

Just have a look at this example of the default Line component:

import SuperComponent from '../SuperComponent.js'

const styleSource = 'dist/Components/Line/style.css';

class LineComponent extends SuperComponent {
  // Keyname and dataset to connect with
  constructor(keyName, rendererInstance) {
    super(styleSource, keyName, rendererInstance);

    const self = this;

    // Create input field by passing parameters trough assign()
    const input = Object.assign(document.createElement("input"), {
      type: "text",
      // Default/Start value is the current value of the dataset (mostly the default one)
      value: self.value.value
    });
    // Listen to input event of input field
    input.addEventListener("input", function() {
      // Set dataset
      self.value = this.value;
    });
    // Append input to root element of shadow
    this.root.append(input);

    // If this key changed on rendering instance
    this.on("update", function() {
      // Update input element
      input.value = self.value.value;
    });

  }
}


export default LineComponent;

Templating

As described above, your rendering instance (instance of Renderer) conatins a data receiver that can be connected to components you create from the template.json file or, in theory, be modified manually by using any third party routine.

The context is not just any SVG element but a living Vue.js environment. Within this context you can access all the properties of the data receiver of your instance as native javascript expressions just as Vue.js it does. For example, you could use a property value of a property that is binded to a Line component just using the typically Vue.js bracktes {{ myTextProp }} or bind it to any attribute using v-bind:arg="myTextprop". At this point, it is not our work but the way Vue.js works.

Directives

Theoretically you could set every possible mathematically relation just using the properties and Vue.js. But sometimes this would need expressions that are too long to handle. Some of these situations are solved by Toolpic Directives.

That means, within your Vue.js environment (context SVG node) you can use some static directives:

v-dynamic

v-dynamic is a pretty cool directive that handles a dynamic size of any element you want to. In detail, this means that the element scales up to a maximum width or a maximum height but never gets bigger than any of them.

<g v-dynamic data-dynamic-width="1100" data-dynamic-height="700" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%;">
  <!--any content here-->
  <text style="font-size: 42px; alignment-baseline: middle; text-anchor: middle;" x="50%" y="50%">
    My dynamic Text
  </text>
  <!--any content here-->
</g>

This is very cool to use if you have an element that has a dynamic size, you do not know when developing a template (Mostly text elements).

v-fitimage

Often, a background image has to be fitted into the graphic as background-size: cover would normally do. Because this is not offered by SVG, you can use the v-fitimage directive to get the same result.

<image href="URL" v-fitimage data-image-pos="0" style="transform-origin: 50% 50%;" />

data-image-pos is the position of the image relative to its own size. It is a value between -1 and 1 (-1 = 100% left or top and 1 100% right or bottom). The transform-origin should always be at center because, transform methods are used to scale and fit the image.

Custom Components

Some other routines are solved with Vue.js Custom Components. As the directives, you can access these custom elements within the Vue.js environment.

Multline Text

Often, you have a an array of text lines that need to be formatted correctly. Because SVG does not offer any clean solution, you would need to create a Vue v-for loop each time that handles the padding, margin, line height and all the other stuff.

To automate this routine, you can use the <multiline-text> component. Here, you can pass everything you need just using attributes.

<multiline-text x="30" y="40" padding="10 15" text="['Line 1', 'Line 2']" lineheight="1.1" background="#1DA64A" verticalalign="center" css="font-size: 52px; font-family: 'Jost-400'; fill: #fff;"></multiline-text>
  • verticalalign: center -> centered
  • align: right: -> right orientated
  • lineheight: Line height
  • text: Array containing all lines
  • background: Background color of rect
  • padding: Padding to background rect
  • css: Stylesheet for the <text> element behind the magic

If verticalalign is not center: If the y value is > 0, it will be interpreted as top reference point. If it is < 0, it will be interpreted as bottom reference point.

Custom methods

To control data in a routine way, you can use some custom methods that can be accessed within the Vue environment just as the directives or the custom components.

textToMultilineFormat()

This method takes a given multiline text (Array) to a specific graphically ratio. That means, you do not have to care the user about when to set a linebreak to fit in perfectly into a 1:1 or 16:9 image. For example, it is used within the Quote template in which the typed quote has to fit into the image perfectly and a user is not abled to decice the linebreaks while writing the quote.

textToMultilineFormat('This is a very long text that is just written down without thinking about potencial linebreaks', 1, 0.3, true)
  1. String that should be formatted to the given ratio (e.g. 1)
  2. Ratio the text has to be formatted to
  3. Chars per line: Value about the average ratio of each char in the used font (e.g. 0.3 - 0.4). This depends to the font and is just an average value.
  4. Boolean wether a more correct algorithm should be used. Just use false if this seems to be to slow when using true
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