Pad

Pad is the space for easy organization after spreading out in infinite canvas.

If you put items such as text, sticky notes, and pen drawings in the pad, the pad acts like a page that binds these items together.

When you move, copy, or delete the pad, the items in the pad are also moved/copy/deleted.

How can I create pad?

Thdere are three ways,

👉 Click the +(add a pad) button on the top-right corner of the pad index

✌️ Press keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + P (for Windows), Cmd + Shift + P (for Mac)

🤟 Lastly, if you don’t choose any template when you create a new board

structured pad is create and you can type the title right away.

Let me know more about pad types.

Marimba provide two types of pad for you to choose

👉 Structured type, help you to easily get organized

  • Items inside the structured pad are automatically organized in a row.
  • Structured type is strongly recommended for neat summary
    • like managing backlog, taking minutes after discussion and many more.
  • It is especially convenient to add new content while maintaining alignment.

✌️ Freeform type, having both flexibility of canvas and structural advantages of pad

  • Items can be placed wherever in freeform pad like as in canvas.
  • Freeform type is recommended for visually arrangement
    • like ideas from brain storming, flow chart and many more.
  • It conceptually and visually distinguishes vast amounts of content in infinite space.

How can I create freeform pad?

When you create pad structured type is set by default, you can change it into freeform type if you want.

When you select one or more pads, you can see the menu bar.

The type of pad is displayed on the leftmost side of the menu bar, and you can change the type by clicking this part.

Click the type of the pad(s) to change the type

How can I select pads?

There are two ways.

👉 Click the top area of the pad, or

✌️ Press Shift and drag to include the entire pad in the selection.
Please note that pad is not selected if it is not entirely included in selection.

I’d like to add more item into pad.

There are two ways.

👉 Create item right inside the pad, or

✌️ Move item(s) into pad from anywhere.

How can I create item right inside the pad?

👉 Select the tool and click inside of the pad

  • Select text or sticky note tool
    • and place the cursor over the structured pad and you can see the purple guide line → Click and new item is created there.
    • Click inside of the freeform pad → New item is created and it belongs to the pad if it is completely included in the pad content area.
  • Select pen, shape, line or sticker tool
    • and click inside of the structured/freeform pad → New item is created and it belongs to the pad if it is completely included in the pad content area.

✌️ Use quick input button of structured pad

I want to put items into the structured pad.

It depends on which item you want to put.

👉 If you move Text, Sticky note, Image and Link into Structured pad

  • As soon as the mouse cursor goes into the pad content area,
    • purple guide line is shown
    • all items on the move look translucent.
  • If you complete the movement
    • items that looked translucent belong to the pad.

✌️ If you move Pen drawing, Shape, Line and Sticker into Structured pad

  • As soon as each item is entirely included in the pad,
    • purple dash is shown
    • and the item entirely included in the pad look translucent.
  • If you complete the movement
    • items that looked translucent belong to the pad.

Only some of the items are belong to pad.

If you select several items and move them to the pad at once,
each item must satisfy the conditions included in the pad to belong to the pad.
If each item meet the conditions of pad inclusion while on the move, the item will look translucent. 🙂

Is there any rule for item alignment inside the structured pad?

The following rules apply depending on the kind of item.

👉 One item per line.

✌️ Multiple items per line.

  • Sticky note → The maximum number that can fit within the pad width is in a row.

🤟 Items that don’t fit the line.

It can be placed anywhere in pad and can overlap with other items.

I want to put items into the freeform pad.

If you move any kind of items into Freeform pad,

  • As soon as each item is entirely included in the pad,
    • purple dash is shown
    • and the item entirely included in the pad look translucent.
  • If you complete the movement
    • items that looked translucent belong to the pad.

I’d like to resize the pad.

There are two ways.

👉 You can freely adjust it to the size you want.

  • You can see the resize component in the bottom-right corner of the pad while your mouse cursor is placed inside of pad content area.
  • Drag the resize component to adjust the size of the pad.

✌️ Can set to preset size.

  • You can see the menu bar when you select one or more pads.
  • The size of the current pad is displayed in the center of the menu bar, and you can change it to a specific standard by clicking this part.
    • A4, Standard(4:3), Wide screen(16:9)
    • All other sizes are displayed as custom size.

If the width of the structured pad changes, what happens to the internal item alignment?

1. The width of the text is always stretched or reduced to fit the width of the pad.
2. The number of sticky notes in a row increases or decreases. (3 sticky notes per line → 4 per line in longer width → 2 per line in shorter width)
3. Images and links are reduced in width if necessary. (As the pad narrows, it shrinks, but not expanded)
4. Other types of items are not affected.

I’d like to move pads.

Drag the top area of the pad to move it.

When you move pad, the items in the pad are also moved.

I’d like to change the pad color.

You can see the menu bar when you select one or more pads.

The color at the top area of the pad is displayed on the rightmost side of the menu bar, and you can change the color by clicking this part.

I want to delete the Pad!

Select pad(s) and press the Delete key to delete it immediately. 💥

Don’t forget that deleting a pad will also delete all the items in the pad. 😀

Did you delete it by mistake?

Don’t panic. Undo it as Ctrl(Cmd) + Z and the recovery is complete!