Using AssignmentTweaker on Mac OS X

1) Decompress the assignment that you received.

Put the downloaded assignment .zip file on your desktop. Simply double-click the .zip file to decompress it – a similarly named folder will appear next to the .zip file.

If the .zip does not decompress on double-click you might have a mis-association of the .zip file name extension. In that case, select the .zip file on your desktop and bring up the File – Get Info dialog. The Open with option should be set to Archive Utility or BOMArchiveHelper.

After decompressing, you can throw the .zip file away.

2) Navigate into the Assignment folder.

In the assignment folder you will find a few more .zip files – these contain the software required to make the text changes. Choose the software version appropriate to your operating system and decompress it as well by double-clicking on the zip file. The folder containing AssignmentTweaker will appear next to it. If the decompressing doesn’t work, follow the above steps again.

3) Navigate into the AssignmentTweaker folder and double-click the AssignmentTweaker software.

There is no need to move the application icon around.

You will be presented with the AssignmentTweaker Preview Window.

Preview Window on Mac OS X

The currently selected text frame has a blue border, light blue borders show where the other frames are located. To edit a story, double-click on the text frame. This will bring up the Tweaking Window for that chunk of text.

Tweaking Window

The left text area – Original Text – is ‘read only’ and shows what the text in the document looks like.  The right text area – Tweaked Text – is where you can make changes to the story.

The assignment preserves the styles of the document it was created from. When you edit text it will always have one of the styles of the document. You can copy a text style of selecting text using the eyedropper icon. To paste a copied style onto selected text click the paintbrush icon.

Tweaking Window

You can mark a Story as complete by ticking the corresponding checkbox. This will prevent any further edits to the Story. If you need to edit it again, simply un-tick the checkbox.

Tweaking Window

A Story marked as complete will show a green border that story in addition to the blue ‘selected’ border in the preview window.

4) To save your changes to a Story click ‘Apply’.

Once you are done with this story, close the Tweaking window. If you wish to edit another story simply repeat the above steps.

If you made changes and you close the window without clicking apply or revert, AssignmentTweaker will ask you what you want to do.

Apply Changes

Note that the preview window will not show the updated text – AssignmentTweaker is not capable of duplicating the text reflow features of InDesign, and hence is unable to recalculate how the updated text would look.

5) To add a note to the assignment click the note icon with a plus.

Add Note

The note will appear as a yellow box on the page with default text. To edit it you can double-click it.

Add Note

Once you are done changing the note’s contents, click OK.

6) When you are done tweaking, click the Save button in the Preview Window. Then close AssignmentTweaker.

Note when you send back your finished assignment it is recommended to compress it again.

Right click on the Assignment folder and click Compress “Assignment”

You will get a .zip file, containing your assignment and all the changes you made.