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Basic Last updated: September 30, 2019

3 Explanations for some of the phrases to be translated

This section contains notes on some of the terms that are translated to other languages to help the translators making the translation files.

Table 1 – Explanations

Phrase to be translated Explanation
||Fancy angle colors The word “Fancy” generically means the feature or setting does something special that is too hard to describe more precisely in a small number of words. Fancy is not a standard industry term. This particular example refers to a setting for the print format of labels. The “Fancy” option changes the colors of the text depending on whether the angle is left or right.
||Paste special “Paste special” refers to copy/paste operations. Normally when user presses control-v the paste operation pastes whatever is in the copy buffer, but there are some “special paste” operations like “Paste at original times” or “Paste events only” that do something different from normal paste. The word “special” is similar to “fancy” in that it simply means the function is doing something different from normal.
||Filter syntax\nred : search for the substring “red” in any
field\n-red : search for NOT red\n…
This long phrase is a help dialog that explains the syntax of search phrases that the user can type into the search box to filter the effects table. For example, the line, red : search for the substring “red” in any field means if you type the word “red” in the filter box, that will filter the results to effects that contain the word “red” in their description. The next line, -red : search for NOT red shows how to filter for results that DO NOT contain the word red (the minus sign reverses the filter)
||Straight Up “Straight up” is a column in the script window that has a true/false value (true is displayed as a checkmark; false is blank). The value of “Straight up” depends on the angle of the effect. If the effect is aiming straight up into the sky, then the value of the “Straight up” field is true. This field is used for addressing priority. Sometimes people want to sort straight-up effects before or after angled effects, for example.
||Pan The Pan column is the angle of the effect around the up-axis. The Pan, Tilt, and Spin column together are the three Euler angles that define angle of the trajectory. Pan is the angle around the up-axis. Tilt is the angle forward/back. Spin is the angle around the trajectory axis itself.


Translators have asked about the context in which the word “Fancy” is used, because it is a strange use of the word. The Figure 1, below, shows the dialog for customizing labels. The “Fancy” options are some of the formatting options that use different colors depending on the values displayed.

Figure 1“Create or edit labels template” dialog from blue gear menu of script window.