Use this tool to place a formatted text document or Article into your publication. You may import files containing plain text (ASCII / ANSI), Rich Text (RTF) or convert files created by another program or word processor. Articles are generally used for large or complex blocks of text. Use the Simple Text tool for inserting short pieces of text for titles, captions, etc. To have a text file display across multiple pages, use the Linked-Article Tool.

To import a text document, use the mouse to draw a rectangle where you would like the Article object to appear. You will have the option of selecting an existing plain or Rich Text file, creating a new document, or converting a document created with another program. When creating a new document, VisualNEO Win’s Text Editor will open with a blank screen ready for you to begin typing. (The Text Editor provides basic word processing functions, plus the ability to add hyperlinks and bookmarks to your text.If converting a file created with another program, you will be prompted to select the file and format using a standard file selector. If the correct format for the file is not listed under Files of Type, then no filter for that format is available and it cannot be imported. Once converted, the file will be displayed in VisualNEO Win’s Text Editor for proofing. If the conversion is acceptable, click OK to save a copy of the file as Rich Text (VisualNEO Win’s preferred format).

Note: Converting files created with other programs requires that a compatible filter be installed and registered with Windows by the source program. The success of the conversion process depends of the quality of the installed filter. If you’re having trouble importing a particular file into VisualNEO Win, see if your word processor can export to Rich Text (RTF) format, then import that file directly into VisualNEO Win. Also, if the word processor isn’t the latest version, you can often improve the conversion by downloading an update from the publisher’s website.

Once a file is selected or created, the Article object will appear on your publication. You can modify the Article’s properties by right clicking on the object. The Article Properties screen will be displayed, allowing you to modify the default behavior of the object.

The Article Properties screen is divided into two sections indicated by the icon images on the left: General and Actions. To view the settings for a section, click the corresponding icon.


The Text File field contains the name of the file displayed in the Article object. Even though you’ve imported the file into your publication, it’s still an external file. Edit the file outside of VisualNEO Win and the changes will appear in your publication. Only during the Compile stage will the file be bound inside the publication. To the right of the field are four small buttons: click the button to select a different file or click the button to open the current file in VisualNEO Win’s Text Editor. Experienced authors can use the button to perform advanced file options or the button to replace the file name with a variable.

Enable the Word wrap option to force the document to conform to the boundaries of the object. When word wrap is on, resizing the Article object will reformat the document to fit the space available.

Turn on the Scroll bars if your document is too large to fit within the bounds of the object. Readers will need the scroll bars to bring additional portions of the document into view if it’s larger than the space available.

The Allow text to be copied to the clipboard option provides readers with the ability to select and copy portions of the document to the Windows Clipboard. If enabled, the mouse pointer can be used to highlight portions of text. Text can be copied by clicking the right mouse button or pressing Ctrl + C. Turn this option off if you want to prevent readers from copying portions of your text without your consent. The items in the popup menu that appear when you click the right mouse button can be translated from the Language page of the App Properties screen.

Most Rich Text files contain specific font selections as part of the document’s formatting. You can replace these internal font choices with your own by enabling the Override text file’s font settings with Tool Palette selections option. Once enabled, you can use VisualNEO Win’s Style Palette to select a new font for the text file.


Articles support the following Action Events: Mouse Enter and Mouse Exit. Click the appropriate tab at the bottom of the Action Editor to create or edit Actions for the events you want to control. You can define clickable Hyperlinks within the Article text using VisualNEO Win’s Text Editor. See Understanding Actions and Variables and Action Command Reference for a complete discussion of the Action Editor and Action Commands.