Design panels are the tabbed panels at the bottom of your Designer window when you are editing a page.
You can easily move from one Design panel to another by clicking its icon in the toolbar, or by pressing its F-key shortcut.
In order to see the Design panel for a particular element, first, select the element, and depending on the type of element selected, the appropriate Design panel will automatically appear. The Element icon in the toolbar will also be highlighted. There is a corresponding Design panel for every type of created screen element.
To edit other aspects of the page such as Background, Palette or List, click on the desired icon.
After using a Design panel, click the Element icon to continue working with an element’s styles. If an element is not selected when you click the Element icon, or you have selected multiple elements of different types, you will see a Design Multiple Elements tab in which most options have been disabled.
Look in the View pull-down menu to see the associated F-keys for the different Design panels. Some keyboards may be set up with alternate global commands for F-key functions, which may be disabled or overridden while working in Designer. These panels house the functions and settings you will need to compose individual pages in your script. There is a specific Design panel associated with every major type of design task. The name of a panel reflects its purpose or the type of element with which it is associated. The tabs containing common functions between elements are on the left most tab and the unique functions for the element are on the right.
This arrangement is optimal for getting the job done as you are kept on the same tab panel as you switch between elements. The Elements Design Panel can also be accessed from the View pull-down menu.
Since many of the panels contain similar controls under the tab of the same name the tabs are discussed in general. The table below shows each of the Panels and their associated tabs with a brief description to follow in Understanding the Panel Tabs, found after the chart.
|Panel Name||Panel Tabs|
|Design Background||Image Type||Image Settings||Process|
|Design Clip||Appearance||Position||Misc||Chroma Key||Process|
|Design Movie Clip||Appearance||Position||Misc||Chroma Key||Process||Video|
|Design Text Box||Appearance||Position||Misc|
|Design Text Crawl||Appearance||Position||Misc||Crawl Control|
|Design Text Entry Field||Appearance||Position||Misc||Field|
|Design TV Clip||Appearance||Position||Misc||Chroma Key||Process||Video|
|Design Streaming Video Clip||Appearance||Position||Misc||Chroma Key||Process||Video|
|Design Web Clip||Appearance||Position||Misc||Chroma Key||Process||Web Clip Control|
|Design Flash Clip||Appearance||Position||Misc||Chroma Key||Process||Flash Control|
Understanding the Design Panel Tabs
|Panel Tab||Contains Options That|
Can be applied to the element.
Control how elements are positioned on the page.
|Misc||Do not fit on other tabs, including options to save and reset default values.|
|Let you make a particular Clip color transparent.|
|Allow you to change the appearance of Clips. These changes affect the rendering of the images only, not the underlying files, and can easily be undone.|
|Assist in the playback of Anim Clips and Movie Clips.|
|Allow the control of aspects of a Text Crawl element.|
|Field||Define text entry characteristics of the Text Field element|
|Allow the control of aspects of a Web Clip element.|
|Set controls related to the playback of flash files.|
|Image Type||Choose a type of background image and set certain options for that image type.|
Control the size of the background image and other background settings.