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Primitives for drawing on the screen in various ways

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Constants

windowBehaviors

Signature hs.drawing.windowBehaviors[]
Type Constant
Description Array of window behavior labels for determining how an hs.drawing object is handled in Spaces and Exposé
Notes
  • This table has a __tostring() metamethod which allows listing it's contents in the Hammerspoon console by typing `hs.drawing.windowBehaviors`.

windowLevels

Signature hs.drawing.windowLevels
Type Constant
Description A table of predefined window levels usable with hs.drawing:setLevel(...)
Notes
  • This table has a __tostring() metamethod which allows listing it's contents in the Hammerspoon console by typing `hs.drawing.windowLevels`.
  • These key names map to the constants used in CoreGraphics to specify window levels and may not actually be used for what the name might suggest. For example, tests suggest that an active screen saver actually runs at a level of 2002, rather than at 1000, which is the window level corresponding to kCGScreenSaverWindowLevelKey.
  • Each drawing level is sorted separately and `hs.drawing:orderAbove(...)` and hs.drawing:orderBelow(...)` only arrange windows within the same level.
  • If you use Dock hiding (or in 10.11, Menubar hiding) please note that when the Dock (or Menubar) is popped up, it is done so with an implicit orderAbove, which will place it above any items you may also draw at the Dock (or MainMenu) level.

Functions

defaultTextStyle

Signature hs.drawing.defaultTextStyle() ->hs.styledtextattributes table
Type Function
Description Returns a table containing the default font, size, color, and paragraphStyle used by hs.drawing for text drawing objects.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • a table containing the default style attributes `hs.drawing` uses for text drawing objects in the `hs.styledtext` attributes table format.
Notes
  • This method returns the default font, size, color, and paragraphStyle used by `hs.drawing` for text objects. If you modify a drawing object's defaults with `hs.drawing:setColor`, `hs.drawing:setTextFont`, or `hs.drawing:setTextSize`, the changes will not be reflected by this function.

disableScreenUpdates

Signature hs.drawing.disableScreenUpdates() -> None
Type Function
Description Tells the OS X window server to pause updating the physical displays for a short while.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • None
Notes
  • This method can be used to allow multiple changes which are being made to the users display appear as if they all occur simultaneously by holding off on updating the screen on the regular schedule.
  • This method should always be balanced with a call to [hs.drawing.enableScreenUpdates](#enableScreenUpdates) when your updates have been completed. Failure to do so will be logged in the system logs.

enableScreenUpdates

Signature hs.drawing.enableScreenUpdates() -> None
Type Function
Description Tells the OS X window server to resume updating the physical displays after a previous pause.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • None
Notes
  • In conjunction with [hs.drawing.disableScreenUpdates](#disableScreenUpdates), this method can be used to allow multiple changes which are being made to the users display appear as if they all occur simultaneously by holding off on updating the screen on the regular schedule.

getTextDrawingSize

Signature `hs.drawing.getTextDrawingSize(styledTextObject or theText, [textStyle]) -> sizeTable nil` </span>
Type Function
Description Get the size of the rectangle necessary to fully render the text with the specified style so that is will be completely visible.
Parameters
  • styledTextObject - an object created with the hs.styledtext module or its table representation (see `hs.styledtext`).
Returns
  • sizeTable - a table containing the Height and Width necessary to fully display the text drawing object, or nil if an error occurred
Notes
  • This function assumes the default values specified for any key which is not included in the provided textStyle.
  • The size returned is an approximation and may return a width that is off by about 4 points. Use the returned size as a minimum starting point. Sometimes using the "clip" or "truncateMiddle" lineBreak modes or "justified" alignment will fit, but its safest to add in your own buffer if you have the space in your layout.
  • Multi-line text (separated by a newline or return) is supported. The height will be for the multiple lines and the width returned will be for the longest line.

Constructors

appImage

Signature hs.drawing.appImage(sizeRect, bundleID) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new image object with the icon of a given app
Parameters
  • sizeRect - A rect-table containing the location/size of the image. If the size values are -1 then the image will be displayed at the icon's native size
  • bundleID - A string containing the bundle identifier of an app (e.g. "com.apple.Safari")
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` image object, or nil if an error occurs

arc

Signature hs.drawing.arc(centerPoint, radius, startAngle, endAngle) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new arc object
Parameters
  • centerPoint - A point-table containing the center of the circle used to define the arc
  • radius - The radius of the circle used to define the arc
  • startAngle - The starting angle of the arc, measured in degrees clockwise from the y-axis.
  • endAngle - The ending angle of the arc, measured in degrees clockwise from the y-axis.
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` arc object, or nil if an error occurs
Notes
  • This constructor is actually a wrapper for the `hs.drawing.ellipticalArc` constructor.

circle

Signature hs.drawing.circle(sizeRect) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new circle object
Parameters
  • sizeRect - A rect-table containing the location/size of the circle
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` circle object, or nil if an error occurs

ellipticalArc

Signature hs.drawing.ellipticalArc(sizeRect, startAngle, endAngle) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new elliptical arc object
Parameters
  • sizeRect - A rect-table containing the location and size of the ellipse used to define the arc
  • startAngle - The starting angle of the arc, measured in degrees clockwise from the y-axis.
  • endAngle - The ending angle of the arc, measured in degrees clockwise from the y-axis.
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` arc object, or nil if an error occurs

image

Signature hs.drawing.image(sizeRect, imageData) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new image object
Parameters
  • sizeRect - A rect-table containing the location/size of the image
  • imageData - This can be either:
  • An `hs.image` object
  • A string containing a path to an image file
  • A string beginning with `ASCII:` which signifies that the rest of the string is interpreted as a special form of ASCII diagram, which will be rendered to an image. See the notes below for information about the special format of ASCII diagram.
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` image object, or nil if an error occurs
  • Paths relative to the PWD of Hammerspoon (typically ~/.hammerspoon/) will work, but paths relative to the UNIX homedir character, `~` will not
  • Animated GIFs are supported. They're not super friendly on your CPU, but they work
Notes
  • To use the ASCII diagram image support, see http://cocoamine.net/blog/2015/03/20/replacing-photoshop-with-nsstring/ and be sure to preface your ASCII diagram with the special string `ASCII:`

line

Signature hs.drawing.line(originPoint, endPoint) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new line object
Parameters
  • originPoint - A point-table containing the co-ordinates of the starting point of the line
  • endPoint - A point-table containing the co-ordinates of the end point of the line
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` line object, or nil if an error occurs

rectangle

Signature hs.drawing.rectangle(sizeRect) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new rectangle object
Parameters
  • sizeRect - A rect-table containing the location/size of the rectangle
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` rectangle object, or nil if an error occurs

text

Signature hs.drawing.text(sizeRect, message) -> drawingObject or nil
Type Constructor
Description Creates a new text object
Parameters
  • sizeRect - A rect-table containing the location/size of the text
  • message - A string containing the text to be displayed. May also be any of the types supported by `hs.styledtext`. See `hs.styledtext` for more details.
Returns
  • An `hs.drawing` text object, or nil if an error occurs

Methods

alpha

Signature hs.drawing:alpha() -> number
Type Method
Description Get the alpha level of the window containing the hs.drawing object.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • The current alpha level for the hs.drawing object

behavior

Signature hs.drawing:behavior() -> number
Type Method
Description Returns the current behavior of the hs.drawing object with respect to Spaces and Exposé for the object.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • The numeric representation of the current behaviors for the hs.drawing object

behaviorAsLabels

Signature hs.drawing:behaviorAsLabels() -> table
Type Method
Description Returns a table of the labels for the current behaviors of the object.
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • Returns a table of the labels for the current behaviors with respect to Spaces and Exposé for the object.

bringToFront

Signature hs.drawing:bringToFront([aboveEverything]) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Places the drawing object on top of normal windows
Parameters
  • aboveEverything - An optional boolean value that controls how far to the front the drawing should be placed. True to place the drawing on top of all windows (including the dock and menubar and fullscreen windows), false to place the drawing above normal windows, but below the dock, menubar and fullscreen windows. Defaults to false.
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This may not be able to move a drawing above all full-screen windows. More recent versions of macOS have made significant changes to the way full-screen apps work, moving them outside our ability to interact with.

clickCallbackActivating

Signature hs.drawing:clickCallbackActivating([false]) -> drawingObject or current value
Type Method
Description Get or set whether or not clicking on a drawing with a click callback defined should bring all of Hammerspoon's open windows to the front.
Parameters
  • flag - an optional boolean indicating whether or not clicking on a drawing with a click callback function defined should activate Hammerspoon and bring its windows forward. Defaults to true.
Returns
  • If a setting value is provided, the drawing object is returned; if no argument is provided, the current setting is returned.
Notes
  • Setting this to false changes a drawing object's AXsubrole value and may affect the results of filters defined for hs.window.filter, depending upon how they are defined.

clippingRectangle

Signature `hs.drawing:clippingRectangle([rect nil]) -> drawingObject or current value` </span>
Type Method
Description Set the screen area in which the drawing contents are visible.
Parameters
  • rect - an optional rectangle specifying the visible area of the screen where the drawing's contents are visible. If an explicit `nil` is specified, no clipping rectangle is set. Defaults to nil
Returns
  • if an argument is provided, returns the drawing object; otherwise the current value is returned.
Notes
  • This method can be used to specify the area of the display where this drawing should be visible. If any portion of the drawing extends beyond this rectangle, the image is clipped so that only the portion within this rectangle is visible.
  • The rectangle defined by this method is independant of the drawing's actual frame -- if you move the drawing with [hs.drawing:setFrame](#setFrame) or [hs.drawing:setTopLeft](#setTopLeft), this rectangle retains its current value.

delete

Signature hs.drawing:delete()
Type Method
Description Destroys the drawing object
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • None
Notes
  • This method immediately destroys the drawing object. If you want it to fade out, use `:hide()` first, with some suitable time, and `hs.timer.doAfter()` to schedule the `:delete()` call

frame

Signature hs.drawing:frame() -> hs.geometry object
Type Method
Description Gets the frame of a drawingObject in absolute coordinates
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • An `hs.geometry` object containing the frame of the drawing object

getStyledText

Signature hs.drawing:getStyledText() ->hs.styledtextobject
Type Method
Description Gets the text of a drawing object as an hs.styledtext object
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • an `hs.styledtext` object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on text drawing objects

hide

Signature hs.drawing:hide([fadeOutTime]) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Hides the drawing object
Parameters
  • fadeOut - An optional number of seconds over which to fade out the drawing object. Defaults to zero
Returns
  • The drawing object

imageAlignment

Signature hs.drawing:imageAlignment([type]) -> drawingObject or current value
Type Method
Description Get or set the alignment of an image that doesn't fully fill the drawing objects frame.
Parameters
  • type - an optional string value which should match one of the following (default is center):
  • topLeft - the image's top left corner will match the drawing frame's top left corner
  • top - the image's top match the drawing frame's top and will be centered horizontally
  • topRight - the image's top right corner will match the drawing frame's top right corner
  • left - the image's left side will match the drawing frame's left side and will be centered vertically
  • center - the image will be centered vertically and horizontally within the drawing frame
  • right - the image's right side will match the drawing frame's right side and will be centered vertically
  • bottomLeft - the image's bottom left corner will match the drawing frame's bottom left corner
  • bottom - the image's bottom match the drawing frame's bottom and will be centered horizontally
  • bottomRight - the image's bottom right corner will match the drawing frame's bottom right corner
Returns
  • If a setting value is provided, the drawing object is returned; if no argument is provided, the current setting is returned.

imageAnimates

Signature hs.drawing:imageAnimates([flag]) -> drawingObject or current value
Type Method
Description Get or set whether or not an animated GIF image should cycle through its animation.
Parameters
  • flag - an optional boolean flag indicating whether or not an animated GIF image should cycle through its animation. Defaults to true.
Returns
  • If a setting value is provided, the drawing object is returned; if no argument is provided, the current setting is returned.

imageFrame

Signature hs.drawing:imageFrame([type]) -> drawingObject or current value
Type Method
Description Get or set what type of frame should be around the drawing frame of the image.
Parameters
  • type - an optional string value which should match one of the following (default is none):
  • none - no frame is drawing around the drawingObject's frameRect
  • photo - a thin black outline with a white background and a dropped shadow.
  • bezel - a gray, concave bezel with no background that makes the image look sunken.
  • groove - a thin groove with a gray background that looks etched around the image.
  • button - a convex bezel with a gray background that makes the image stand out in relief, like a button.
Returns
  • If a setting value is provided, the drawing object is returned; if no argument is provided, the current setting is returned.
Notes
  • Apple considers the photo, groove, and button style frames "stylistically obsolete" and if a frame is required, recommend that you use the bezel style or draw your own to more closely match the OS look and feel.

imageScaling

Signature hs.drawing:imageScaling([type]) -> drawingObject or current value
Type Method
Description Get or set how an image is scaled within the frame of a drawing object containing an image.
Parameters
  • type - an optional string value which should match one of the following (default is scaleProportionally):
  • shrinkToFit - shrink the image, preserving the aspect ratio, to fit the drawing frame only if the image is larger than the drawing frame.
  • scaleToFit - shrink or expand the image to fully fill the drawing frame. This does not preserve the aspect ratio.
  • none - perform no scaling or resizing of the image.
  • scalePropertionally - shrink or expand the image to fully fill the drawing frame, preserving the aspect ration.
Returns
  • If a setting value is provided, the drawing object is returned; if no argument is provided, the current setting is returned.

orderAbove

Signature hs.drawing:orderAbove([object2]) -> object
Type Method
Description Moves drawing object above drawing object2, or all drawing objects in the same presentation level, if object2 is not provided.
Parameters
  • Optional drawing object to place the drawing object above.
Returns
  • The `hs.drawing` object

orderBelow

Signature hs.drawing:orderBelow([object2]) -> object1
Type Method
Description Moves drawing object below drawing object2, or all drawing objects in the same presentation level, if object2 is not provided.
Parameters
  • Optional drawing object to place the drawing object below.
Returns
  • The `hs.drawing` object

rotateImage

Signature hs.drawing:rotateImage(angle) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Rotates an image clockwise around its center
Parameters
  • angle - the angle in degrees to rotate the image around its center in a clockwise direction.
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • * This method works by rotating the image view within its drawing window. This means that an image which completely fills its viewing area will most likely be cropped in some places. Best results are achieved with images that have clear space around their edges or with `hs.drawing.imageScaling` set to "none".

sendToBack

Signature hs.drawing:sendToBack() -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Places the drawing object behind normal windows, between the desktop wallpaper and desktop icons
Parameters
  • None
Returns
  • The drawing object

setAlpha

Signature hs.drawing:setAlpha(level) -> object
Type Method
Description Sets the alpha level of the window containing the hs.drawing object.
Parameters
  • level - the alpha level (0.0 - 1.0) to set the object to
Returns
  • The `hs.drawing` object

setArcAngles

Signature hs.drawing:setArcAngles(startAngle, endAngle) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Changes the starting and ending angles for an arc drawing object
Parameters
  • startAngle - The starting angle of the arc, measured in degrees clockwise from the y-axis.
  • endAngle - The ending angle of the arc, measured in degrees clockwise from the y-axis.
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on arc drawing objects

setBehavior

Signature hs.drawing:setBehavior(behavior) -> object
Type Method
Description Sets the window behaviors represented by the number provided for the window containing the hs.drawing object.
Parameters
  • behavior - the numeric representation of the behaviors to set for the window of the object
Returns
  • The `hs.drawing` object

setBehaviorByLabels

Signature hs.drawing:setBehaviorByLabels(table) -> object
Type Method
Description Sets the window behaviors based upon the labels specified in the table provided.
Parameters
  • a table of label strings or numbers. Recognized values can be found in `hs.drawing.windowBehaviors`.
Returns
  • The `hs.drawing` object

setClickCallback

Signature hs.drawing:setClickCallback(mouseUpFn, mouseDownFn) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets a callback for mouseUp and mouseDown click events
Parameters
  • mouseUpFn - A function, can be nil, that will be called when the drawing object is clicked on and the mouse button is released. If this argument is nil, any existing callback is removed.
  • mouseDownFn - A function, can be nil, that will be called when the drawing object is clicked on and the mouse button is first pressed down. If this argument is nil, any existing callback is removed.
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • No distinction is made between the left, right, or other mouse buttons -- they all invoke the same up or down function. If you need to determine which specific button was pressed, use `hs.eventtap.checkMouseButtons()` within your callback to check.

setFill

Signature hs.drawing:setFill(doFill) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets whether or not to fill a drawing object
Parameters
  • doFill - A boolean, true to fill the drawing object, false to not fill
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on line, rectangle, circle, or arc drawing objects

setFillColor

Signature hs.drawing:setFillColor(color) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the fill color of a drawing object
Parameters
  • color - a color table as described in `hs.drawing.color`
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on rectangle, circle, or arc drawing objects
  • Calling this method will remove any gradient fill colors previously set with `hs.drawing:setFillGradient()`

setFillGradient

Signature hs.drawing:setFillGradient(startColor, endColor, angle) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the fill gradient of a drawing object
Parameters
  • startColor - A table containing color component values between 0.0 and 1.0 for each of the keys:
  • red (default 0.0)
  • green (default 0.0)
  • blue (default 0.0)
  • alpha (default 1.0)
  • endColor - A table containing color component values between 0.0 and 1.0 for each of the keys:
  • red (default 0.0)
  • green (default 0.0)
  • blue (default 0.0)
  • alpha (default 1.0)
  • angle - A number representing the angle of the gradient, measured in degrees, counter-clockwise, from the left of the drawing object
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on rectangle, circle, or arc drawing objects
  • Calling this method will remove any fill color previously set with `hs.drawing:setFillColor()`

setFrame

Signature hs.drawing:setFrame(rect) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the frame of the drawingObject in absolute coordinates
Parameters
  • rect - A rect-table containing the co-ordinates and size that should be applied to the drawingObject
Returns
  • The drawing object

setImage

Signature hs.drawing:setImage(image) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the image of a drawing object
Parameters
  • image - An `hs.image` object
Returns
  • The drawing object

setImageASCII

Signature hs.drawing:setImageASCII(ascii) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the image of a drawing object from an ASCII representation
Parameters
  • ascii - A string containing the ASCII image to render
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • To use the ASCII diagram image support, see http://cocoamine.net/blog/2015/03/20/replacing-photoshop-with-nsstring

setImageFromPath

Signature hs.drawing:setImageFromPath(imagePath) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the image path of a drawing object
Parameters
  • imagePath - A string containing the path to an image file
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on an image drawing object
  • Paths relative to the PWD of Hammerspoon (typically ~/.hammerspoon/) will work, but paths relative to the UNIX homedir character, `~` will not
  • Animated GIFs are supported. They're not super friendly on your CPU, but they work

setLevel

Signature hs.drawing:setLevel(theLevel) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the window level more precisely than sendToBack and bringToFront.
Parameters
  • theLevel - the level specified as a number or as a string where this object should be drawn. If it is a string, it must match one of the keys in `hs.drawing.windowLevels`.
Returns
  • the drawing object
Notes
  • see the notes for `hs.drawing.windowLevels`
  • These levels may be unable to explicitly place drawing objects around full-screen macOS windows

setRoundedRectRadii

Signature hs.drawing:setRoundedRectRadii(xradius, yradius) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the radii of the corners of a rectangle drawing object
Parameters
  • xradius - A number containing the radius of each corner along the x-axis
  • yradius - A number containing the radius of each corner along the y-axis
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on rectangle drawing objects
  • If either radius value is greater than half the width/height (as appropriate) of the rectangle, the value will be clamped at half the width/height
  • If either (or both) radius values are 0, the rectangle will be drawn without rounded corners

setSize

Signature hs.drawing:setSize(size) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Resizes a drawing object
Parameters
  • size - A size-table containing the width and height the drawing object should be resized to
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • If this is called on an `hs.drawing.text` object, only its window will be resized. If you also want to change the font size, use `:setTextSize()`

setStroke

Signature hs.drawing:setStroke(doStroke) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets whether or not to stroke a drawing object
Parameters
  • doStroke - A boolean, true to stroke the drawing object, false to not stroke
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on line, rectangle, circle, or arc drawing objects

setStrokeColor

Signature hs.drawing:setStrokeColor(color) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the stroke color of a drawing object
Parameters
  • color - a color table as described in `hs.drawing.color`
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on line, rectangle, circle, or arc drawing objects

setStrokeWidth

Signature hs.drawing:setStrokeWidth(width) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the stroke width of a drawing object
Parameters
  • width - A number containing the width in points to stroke a drawing object
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on line, rectangle, circle, or arc drawing objects

setStyledText

Signature hs.drawing:setStyledText(message) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the text of a drawing object from an hs.styledtext object
Parameters
  • message - Any of the types supported by `hs.styledtext`. See `hs.styledtext` for more details.
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on text drawing objects

setText

Signature hs.drawing:setText(message) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the text of a drawing object
Parameters
  • message - A string containing the text to display
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on text drawing objects
  • If the text of the drawing object is emptied (i.e. "") then style changes may be lost. Use a placeholder such as a space (" ") or hide the object if style changes need to be saved but the text should disappear for a while.

setTextColor

Signature hs.drawing:setTextColor(color) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the default text color for a drawing object
Parameters
  • color - a color table as described in `hs.drawing.color`
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be called on text drawing objects
  • This method changes the font color for portions of an `hs.drawing` text object which do not have a specific font set in their attributes list (see `hs.styledtext` for more details).

setTextFont

Signature hs.drawing:setTextFont(fontname) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the default font for a drawing object
Parameters
  • fontname - A string containing the name of the font to use
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on text drawing objects
  • This method changes the font for portions of an `hs.drawing` text object which do not have a specific font set in their attributes list (see `hs.styledtext` for more details).

setTextSize

Signature hs.drawing:setTextSize(size) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets the default text size for a drawing object
Parameters
  • size - A number containing the font size to use
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on text drawing objects
  • This method changes the font size for portions of an `hs.drawing` text object which do not have a specific font set in their attributes list (see `hs.styledtext` for more details).

setTextStyle

Signature hs.drawing:setTextStyle([textStyle]) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Sets some simple style parameters for the entire text of a drawing object. For more control over style including having multiple styles within a single text object, use hs.styledtext and hs.drawing:setStyledText instead.
Parameters
  • textStyle - an optional table containing one or more of the following keys to set for the text of the drawing object (if the table is nil or left out, the style is reset to the `hs.drawing` defaults):
  • font - the name of the font to use (default: the system font)
  • size - the font point size to use (default: 27.0)
  • color - a color table as described in `hs.drawing.color`
  • alignment - a string of one of the following indicating the texts alignment within the drawing objects frame:
  • "left" - the text is visually left aligned.
  • "right" - the text is visually right aligned.
  • "center" - the text is visually center aligned.
  • "justified" - the text is justified
  • "natural" - (default) the natural alignment of the text’s script
  • lineBreak - a string of one of the following indicating how to wrap text which exceeds the drawing object's frame:
  • "wordWrap" - (default) wrap at word boundaries, unless the word itself doesn’t fit on a single line
  • "charWrap" - wrap before the first character that doesn’t fit
  • "clip" - do not draw past the edge of the drawing object frame
  • "truncateHead" - the line is displayed so that the end fits in the frame and the missing text at the beginning of the line is indicated by an ellipsis
  • "truncateTail" - the line is displayed so that the beginning fits in the frame and the missing text at the end of the line is indicated by an ellipsis
  • "truncateMiddle" - the line is displayed so that the beginning and end fit in the frame and the missing text in the middle is indicated by an ellipsis
Returns
  • The drawing object
Notes
  • This method should only be used on text drawing objects
  • If the text of the drawing object is currently empty (i.e. "") then style changes may be lost. Use a placeholder such as a space (" ") or hide the object if style changes need to be saved but the text should disappear for a while.
  • Only the keys specified are changed. To reset an object to all of its defaults, call this method with an explicit nil as its only parameter (e.g. `hs.drawing:setTextStyle(nil)`
  • The font, font size, and font color can also be set by their individual specific methods as well; this method is provided so that style components can be stored and applied collectively, as well as used by `hs.drawing.getTextDrawingSize()` to determine the proper rectangle size for a textual drawing object.

setTopLeft

Signature hs.drawing:setTopLeft(point) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Moves the drawingObject to a given point
Parameters
  • point - A point-table containing the absolute co-ordinates the drawing object should be moved to
Returns
  • The drawing object

show

Signature hs.drawing:show([fadeInTime]) -> drawingObject
Type Method
Description Displays the drawing object
Parameters
  • fadeInTime - An optional number of seconds over which to fade in the drawing object. Defaults to zero
Returns
  • The drawing object

wantsLayer

Signature hs.drawing:wantsLayer([flag]) -> object or boolean
Type Method
Description Gets or sets whether or not the drawing object should be rendered by the view or by Core Animation.
Parameters
  • flag - optional boolean (default false) which indicates whether the drawing object should be rendered by the containing view (false) or by the Core Animation interface (true).
Returns
  • if `flag` is provided, then returns the drawing object; otherwise returns the current value
Notes
  • This method can help smooth the display or small text objects on non-Retina monitors.

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