New in Origin 2024b: Improved Text and Object Editing

Origin 2024b is released on 5/15/2024.

Legends and Axis titles are not the only labels that can be added to a graph. Origin also provides tools for annotating your graphs with additional graph objects like text labels, and shape objects such as line, arrow, curve, rectangle, circle, and freehand shapes. Continuously inspired by user feedback, we continue to make improvements to these, and other features to improve overall experience.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of these improvements in this blog post!

Show Text Contents in Object Manager

A button is added on top of the Object Manager in Origin 2024b to easily toggle between Show Plots and Show Graph Objects modes.

Compare the Object Managers in Origin 2024b (Left) and older versions (Right). With content of the text labels showing in Origin 2024b, it is much easier to locate specific text labels in graph. Note that the text labels display the raw text so the superscripts and the subscripts do not conform to their formatting. The axis title names are also shortened in Origin 2024b to make it easier to read.

The System Variable @OMTL is added to set the maximum length of text contents shown. The default is 20. You can set it to 0 to retain the same behavior as older versions.

Ctrl+Drag to Make a Copy at a New Location

Sometimes you need to add many similar graph objects on one graph. It’s cumbersome, for example, to click the Add Text or Add Arrow buttons again and again to add them to the graph. There is Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste, but after pasting, most likely you will need to adjust the position.

Origin 2024b added Ctrl+Drag similar to PowerPoint to make a copy of selected object(s) to new location precisely. A plus sign shows when dragging to indicate it’s making a copy.

When Ctrl+Dragging object(s) to another layer, the copy will be attached to the destination layer which make your graph better organized.

This also applies to labels added by our built-in Annotation toolbar button on a point of plot. In older versions, you could use Ctrl+Shift+Drag to make another annotation to a new data point in plot but this feature isn’t widely known. In Origin 2024b, you can use Ctrl+Drag instead of Ctrl+Shift+Drag.

Edit Members in Group without Need to Ungroup

Multiple graph objects (text, line, shape, etc.) can be grouped together to move and make copying easier. Previously, to edit a member in a group, you would need to Ungroup first to edit and then re-Group.

In Origin 2024b, single-click on any member of a group will still select the whole group as before, but you can Ctrl+Click to select a member in the group and use Mini Toolbar or regular toolbars to edit it.

For example in the following image, a line and a text are grouped together. See the Group node in the Object Manager. Hold the Ctrl key and click on the text CaCO3 . Text editing Mini Toolbar appears for customizing the text further.

If there are many members in a group, you can hold the Ctrl key and click to select multiple members to edit together. This is a huge time saver.

Align an Object Relative to Page

The Alignment Toolbar buttons (docked on right side of Origin workspace) are usually used to align multiple selected objects based on first selection. E.g. you can select two rectangles, then click Left to align them on left. Or you can select a Layer object, and then the Legend and click Top and Right alignment buttons to align legend to top-right corner of layer (since layer is selected first).

In Origin 2024, we supported selecting a single Layer (click in blank area within layer frame, or Alt+Click within layer frame), then click the Left, Right, Center alignment buttons to align the layer relative to Page.

In Origin 2024b, this is expanded for single selected object such as text, shape, image. For example, when adding a logo image, when clicking on it, the Alignment toolbar buttons are enabled. Click Right and then Top buttons to align the image to top right corner of the whole page.

Out of Sight Indicator in Object Manager

One common mystery for users is encountering additional text or labels when exporting a graph. This occurence is dependent upon your Export Graph settings.

For example, by default, only the white page area will be exported. But in the Export Graph (Advanced) dialog, if you set Export Settings -> Margin Control to be Border or Tight, Origin will export the graph with all graph elements included.

A graph object could have been added by mistake to a page and later page size was decreased so that it is no longer on the page; or an object is moved by accident far off the page so that it is no longer visible; or an object is added by LabTalk script in wrong location. You will have no clue even if Object Manager is in Show Graph Objects Mode since there is no indication this object is out of the page boundaries..

In Origin 2024b, all objects not in page area will show with light gray background.

Now it is clear if a graph object exists out of page and we can check if the objects need to be moved back in place or deleted.

  • Choose View: Zoom All menu to zoom out and show all graph elements, not just the ones on the page.
  • Or use Ctrl+Mouse wheel to zoom out.
  • Uncheck the checkboxes before all gray objects
  • Use the align toolbar button to move them back in view, etc.

Edit Shape Polyline, Polygon and Freehand Shapes

In previous versions it is possible to edit the arrow, line, and other shapes added to the graph but the Edit mode is only accessible behind a few single-clicks.

Suppose you added a curve shape.

  • 1st single-click -> Select the object. You can drag to move, resize the shape.
  • 2nd single-click -> Rotation mode.
  • 3rd single-click -> Skewing mode
  • 4th single-click -> Edit curve shape mode. Now you can drag the solid dots to adjust the shape.

Many users may not know there are multiple edit modes tied to single-clicking the object. Also, if you by accident clicked somewhere else, you would need to single-click 4 times again to edit the shape.

In Origin 2024b, an Edit Points toolbar button is added when clicking such lines and shapes to directly enter the Edit Points mode.

It allows dragging the solid blue dots to adjust the freehand shape to include the bottom black point.

We hope all these features in Origin 2024b make you work with graphs more efficiently!

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