The current version of Incubator requires OS X 10.6 or later (Snow Leopard). Click here for further details.
Version 3.0 Upgrade
Incubator 3.0 is a major upgrade which requires a serial number purchased in 2010 or later. If you have an earlier serial number, please download version 2.6.4 here.
Installation & Activation
Detailed help for downloading, installing and activating can be found here.
Instructions for downloading an introductory tutorial (available in English, French, and German) are available here.
Choosing Colors & Color Management
Colors are assigned using the Colors panel. The Colors panel can be opened by either clicking on the Colors icon on the toolbar or by selecting "Show Colors" from the "View" menu. At the top of the Colors panel, there is a large color well to the right of a magnifying glass. You can assign colors by dragging them directly from that color well onto elements within a worksheet (or onto a blank part of the worksheet itself). If a group of elements are currently selected, then all of the selected elements will be assigned the new color.
If you drag a color from the Color panel onto the center of a worksheet element, it will set its foreground color. If you drag a color onto the edge of an element, it will set its background color. Likewise, dragging onto an empty part of the worksheet will set its color.
To capture a particular color from anywhere on the screen, click on the magnifying glass. Then position the magnifying glass over the part of the screen that contains the color that you want to capture. Click with the magnifying glass to capture that particular color into the color well.
New worksheet elements are created using either the particular color specified in the Preferences panel, or by using the color that is currently in the color well on the Colors panel. You can set your preferred behavior using the Preferences panel. The Preferences panel can be opened by selecting "Preferences..." from the "Mindcad Incubator" menu.
Storing Favorite Colors and Fonts
The standard Font and Color panels include mechanisms for storing
favorites. The Color
panel stores favorites by dragging from the big color swatch at the top to the little color wells at
the bottom of the panel. It may be necessary to drag the bottom edge of the Color panel to
expose the wells.
Applying Shadow to Text
The standard Font panel includes controls which allow the application of
shadow to text. To apply shadow, first select the targeted text and then press the button
marked with a single lone "T" in the upper right-hand section of the Font panel.
The button will turn blue to indicate that it is active.
Note that you may need to widen the font panel to display this button.
Exporting as PDF with Live Links
An experimental feature has been added as of version 2.2 which creates both web and page links when exporting as PDF. Note that links to files are not created when exporting as PDF due to a current limitation of the export library Incubator uses. Because this is an experimental feature, it is recommended that PDF documents be checked carefully for the expected functionality.
Using Preview to Export a Cropped PDF Worksheet Image
If you need a cropped PDF worksheet image, press Command-A to select an entire worksheet and Command-C to copy it to the clipboard. Then open Preview and press Command-N. This will create a new cropped PDF document which preserves the full resolution of both text and images.
Transferring Worksheet Images to Pages, Keynote and Other Applications
The best way to transfer a worksheet image to another application is to select the entire worksheet and then copy and paste it directly into the target application. This preserves the full resolution of both text and images.
Printing Large Worksheets
Mindcad Tiler is a companion application that prints PDF files as posters and banners on multiple sheets of paper. To use Mindcad Tiler with Incubator, first save any Incubator document as a PDF file using the PDF button on the standard print panel, and then open that PDF file using the Mindcad Tiler application. More information about Mindcad Tiler can be found here.
To change the orientation of an object tree so that it grows in a different direction, select
the root object of the tree and then use the root object's context menu (control-click)
to select a new orientation.
Objects can be aligned relative to either a given object or to the worksheet itself.
If an object has focus, it serves as the anchor, around which the other selected objects align.
If no object has focus, then the worksheet itself becomes the alignment reference.
Importing & Exporting Images
Incubator will accept images in many different formats including PNG, GIF, TIFF, PDF, and PSD.
To import an image, simply drag it to the worksheet from another application.
Additionally, it is possible to drag an image file from either the Desktop or a file folder directly
onto the worksheet.
Importing & Exporting Text
Incubator will accept text that is dragged onto a worksheet from another application.
The text is imported as a single multi-line item which can then be split into multiple items
using the "Separate" command found within the "Combine" submenu under the
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