Display Colors

You can modify the colors that are used to draw various elements on the PNA screen and on a hardcopy print of the display.

See Also

Print Preview

How to modify DISPLAY Colors

These settings can also be accessed from the Preferences dialog box.

Using front-panel
[softkey] buttons

Using Menus

  1. Press Display

  2. then [More]

  3. then [Display Colors]

  1. Click Response

  2. then Display

  3. then Display Colors


How to modify PRINT Colors

  1. Press Print

  2. then [Print Colors]

  1. Click Utility

  2. then Print

  3. then Print Colors


Display and Print Colors dialog box help

The Display Colors and Print Colors dialog boxes function in exactly the same manner. See Print Preview procedure below.


"Pen" is a term used to describe the various elements. Each pen can have a unique color.

You can change the color of the following pens:

  • Background - The background color of the inactive windows.

  • New Active Background -  The background color of the active window.

  • Grid - The inner lines of all grids in all windows, and the grid frame in inactive windows.

  • Active Labels, Grid Frame - The labels and grid frame colors in the active window. Note: when this pen is selected, the current window becomes inactive. Therefore, changes for this pen color will not be visible until OK is pressed.

  • Inactive Window Labels

  • Failed Trace - Limit Line failed traces or failure indicators (dots) and the word Fail.

  • The following pens for up to 8 Traces:

    • Data and Limits

    • Memory trace

    • Markers

    • Memory markers

About Trace Pens

'1st Trace' is NOT always Trace1 (Tr1). For example, the first trace in a window might be Tr2 which is drawn with the "1st Trace" pen.

The first 8 traces are drawn with the defined pen colors. The next eight traces reuse the same colors, and so forth. For example, if all traces are numbered sequentially, the 9th and 17th traces are drawn using the same color as the 1st trace.

Change Color  Click the button or the color swatch to launch the Change Color dialog.

Reset Color  Restores the default color for the selected pen.

Color Themes

A theme is a complete set of pens and their colors. The current theme persists until you change it. Themes can also be saved to a file and then later recalled.

  • Save Theme  Click to save the current set of pens to a file.

  • Recall Theme  Click to recall and use a saved theme.

  • Reset Theme  Click to recall the default PNA color theme.

The colors for the following Display elements can NOT be changed: toolbars, softkeys, menus, dialogs and popup messages.


Change Color dialog box help

To use a basic color, click the color from the 'Basic colors' pallette, then click OK.

To define and use a custom color:

  1. Click Define Custom Colors>> to open the right side of the dialog.

  2. Optionally, pick a Custom color slot to replace. Otherwise, the replacement will occur at the first slot location and continue with subsequent custom color definitions.

  3. Click the color pane, or drag the crosshairs, to the location of the custom color.

  4. Drag the arrow to the desired saturation level of the custom color.

  5. Click Add to Custom Colors

  6. Continue to define more colors, or click OK to close the Color dialog.

After a custom color has been assigned to a PNA pen, the custom color can be changed. The PNA pen color remains unchanged.



Print Preview Procedure

Use the following procedure to preview your Print Colors on the PNA screen:

  1. From the Print Colors dialog, select Reset Theme  then Save Theme.  Name the new theme “MyPrintTheme.colors”.  This will give you a starting point equal to the default print colors.

  2. Launch the Display Colors dialog, select Recall Theme, then select “MyPrintTheme.colors”. The display will now show the default print theme.

  3. Customize the display colors.  You will be previewing how the hardcopy will appear when printed.

  4. Save the customized display colors to “MyPrintTheme.colors”.

  5. Go to the Print Colors dialog and Recall “MyPrintTheme.colors.