PlotLabels Action Category

Data Master 2003 allows you to describe contents of the plotted data with plot label objects. Every plot viewer can contain unlimited number of labels. Using labels, you can create various specialized graphs, such as polar plots or Cole-Cole diagrams. Every label has one of the following kinds:

Plot Label Objects

Other important label attributes are the text of label and a set of coordinates whose meaning depends on so-called attachment, or pinning mode. If label coordinate (X of Y) attached to axis frame, label will move as you resize plot viever so that relative position of the label remains the same. This mode allows you to link label to the axis tick (or title), and its position will be synchronized with tick position when plot size changes. If you select Scale mode, you can link label to axis floating-point coordinate system, so label will move when you change axis coordinates. This mode should be used to link labels to plot series. And if you attach label coordinate to the Axis, label will move so that distance in pixels (integer) between selected axis and label is a constant. Use this mode for precise positioning of the label relative to other plot elements, usually together with manual plot margins.

Notice: for Legend, Text and Vertical Text labels second point (X2, Y2 coordinates) is not used. Use Label Properties Dialog to change label attributes. Also keep in mind that Rectangle - type label may be used as a placeholder for a metafile, so you can paste it from clipboard and create insets on your plots, or display arbitrary graphics (such as pictures created in Microsoft Office applications).

How to use Plot Labels?

To add a label, select one of the appropriate commands, then click plot viewer one (for Text or Legend) or two (for Arrow or Balloon) times. After you finish the sequence, this command will uncheck automatically. Additionally, you can activate this command again to stop add label, or choose another label type, or use any plot tool command.

You may change label properties with plot context menu, or double click appropriate label. However, to apply Edit Actions or use Selected Plot Label properties action, or change label coordinates with the mouse, you need to use Label Editor Tool.


Title Description
Label Editor Tool Plot Label Editor Tool
Add Arrow Label Add arrow plot label
Add Balloon Label Add balloon-style plot label
Add Plot Legend Add plot legend label
Add Text Label Add text block plot label
Bring To Front Make selected plot label topmost
Send To Back Make selected label behind other labels

Label Editor Tool Action Details:

This command activates label editing mode. Use it to move and select label object. When label is selected, it paints markers that you can use to change label coordinates. In addition, Edit Actions can act on the selected label objects instead of series data.