Designer 11.02

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Sequence of frames that, when played in order at sufficient speed, present a smoothly moving image effect similar to film or video. Sources of animations can be from digitized video sequences, Flash animations or animated GIF files.

Learn more here:  Page View Toolbar: Background, Tab: Image Type


Animated clip in either the GIF or SWF formats which have been loaded as a clip in a Designer page. Similar to other clips, Animclips can be moved, scaled, as well as have other parameters modified.

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Add, Add a Clip Element, Working with Design Panels, Creating a Script


Allows you to create variables and set their values, create expressions, use system functions and redirect script flow to create loops and other non-linear execution flows.

Learn more here: Variables, Page View: Add


Predefined graphic image, such as a picture, drawing, symbol, etc., which can be imported and positioned on the Designer page.

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Add

 Context Menu

Pop-up menu which appears when the secondary (Right) mouse button is applied in the Main view or Page view windows.

Learn more here: Context Menus

 Design Panel

Lower section of the Designer window which contains the settings, options and controls for timing, events, media, text and design items. 

Learn more here: Working with Design Panels


Amount of time which is individually specified, using standard time code settings at the frame rate of 30fps (frames per second).

Learn more here: Transitions, Timing


Way an element’s style or appearance, such as borders, outline thickness and shadow amount and position, can be modified. 

Learn more here: Using Undo/Redo, Tab: Appearance


Any type of text, draw object, crawl, clip or movieclip which can appear on a page.

Learn more here:  Page Toolbar: Add, General Visual Manipulation of Elements


Action in a script; virtually everything which happens in a script is an event, including pages, text, sounds, transitions, animations, etc..

Learn more here:  Add a Special Event, Adding a Special Event Page

 EX Module

Extension which allows the user additional control over a variety of options such as Timing, Sound, Database, Schedule and more.

Learn more here: Scala Publish Automation EX Module


Statement which uses variables with arithmetic operations, such as addition and multiplication, as well as logical tests and comparisons.

Learn more here:  Add a Text Crawl Element, Text Style Tags


Gradual change in a setting of opacity from a background color, or previous page element, to the present , facilitated by a Fade transition.

Learn more here: Transition


Created in Adobe® Flash, either SWF or FLA movies.

Learn more here: Connecting Flash and ScalaScript, Add a Clip Element


Type of transition in which an image, clip or text moves onto or off the screen from a position outside its borders.

Learn more here: Creating a Script


Collection of pages, sub-scripts or special events represented by a single thumbnail in the Main view.

Learn more here: Grouping Pages, Main View: Edit, Timing


Ability to select the visibility of elements in the Page view.

Learn more here: Page View: View


Hue (basic color), Saturation (intensity of the hue) and Value (overall brightness) of an image, or digitized video clip.

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Palette, Tab: Chroma Key

 Kerning (Character Spacing)

Adjustment of space between characters and words to create a more pleasing look and improve readability. 

Learn more here: Tab: Appearance, Text Style Tags


(Rhymes with “wedding”) or Line spacing, is the amount of vertical space between lines of text.

Learn more here:  Text Style Tags


Order in which the elements are placed on the page, either in front of, or behind clips or objects, as shown in the List panel.

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Zoom Level, Tab: Select Action

 List Mode

Main view mode which presents all of the items of a script and their properties in columns; such as sequential order, name, background, transition, etc.

Learn more here: Main Toolbar: List, Main View Toolbar and Selecting a Page(s)


Digital video imported into a Designer Page, in MPG, AVI and WMV formats. Similar to Animclips, Movieclips can be modified in scale and placement. They may also include audio channels.

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Add, Add a Clip Element, Working with Design Panels, Page Toolbar: Palette


Edited bitmap images which are divided into several “slices”, which are seamlessly tiled together to produce a final image. Can be resized without distorting the image. 

Learn more here: Main View: Tools, Using the Multi-Tile Editor


Basic unit of a script. It may be a screen page with one or more elements, such as a background, text, clip, sound, transition, etc.; may also represent a group of pages or another script.

Learn more here: Working with Pages, Page View Toolbar


Set of colors which can be selected and applied to elements on a page. Also refers to the selection of colors which make up an image or animation.

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Palette


To prepare an Designer script for distribution to any of the publish media locations which Designer supports.

Learn more here: Main Toolbar: Publish, Scala Publish Automation EX Module

 Publish Location

Local or network folder, defined in Content Manager, where scripts and media are published for scheduled broadcast to the Scala player(s).

Learn more here: Main Toolbar: Publish

 Push Button

Most common and versatile type of button. Typically used for branching to another page of the script, or accepting some kind of response from the viewer. Can have one, two, or three visual states.

Learn more here: Tab: Type, Tab: Select Action, Tab: Appearance -- Button

 Radio Button

Similar to a toggle button, but it works with any kind of variable, so it can assign any type of value (text, numeric, or Boolean). Like a Toggle button, it has either two or four visual states, and remains in its selected state after being clicked.

Learn more here: Tab: Type, Tab: Select Action, Tab: Appearance -- Button


Red, Green and Blue channels which are combined in the color light spectrum to produce the color block. Pure white light is a full combination of RGB at 100%, whereas black, is the absence of all RGB or 0%

Learn more here: Page Toolbar: Palette, Tab: Chroma Key


Page-by-page definition of a presentation or project created in Scala Designer. Specifies the actions and properties of the image files, text, sound,video and other elements on a page. It also identifies the settings which control how the page is displayed.

Learn more here: Main View Toolbar, Scripting and Automation


Defined as the graphical appearance of the User Interface (UI) in the Designer window. By changing a Skin in the Options pop-up, you will change the color scheme and overall look of the buttons, tabs and other window elements.

Learn more here: Designer Tool Options

 Sound Event

Event in the Main view that controls an independent sound or the sound in the previous page.

Learn more here: Sound


Predetermined amount of time which will move elements at an equal rate of speed, regardless of their distance of motion on the page.

Learn more here: Transition, Tab: Image Type


Special feature which can be applied to an element in order to enhance its appearance; for example, shadow, underline, outline, color, bold, italic, etc.

Learn more here: Tab: Appearance, Tab: Image Type


Completed script file that is imported into another script and is represented by a thumbnail with the Scala logo in the Main view.

Learn more here: Main Toolbar: Preview and Play


Individual tabbed panels which reside inside the Design Panel and contain buttons, sliders, controls, settings and selectors.

Learn more here: Design Buttons Panel, Design Panel Tabs

 Text Crawl

Element which allows you to move a segment of text continuously from one side of the page to the other.

Learn more here: Add a Text Crawl Element, Design Text Crawl Panel, Data Driven Text Crawls

 Thumbnail Mode

View of small graphic images in the Main view which represent pages, groups, sub-scripts and special events.

Learn more here: Main Toolbar: List

 Toggle Button

Used to switch a Boolean variable between its two possible values, on and off. This makes it easy for a script to accept and respond to Yes/No kinds of input from the viewer. The button itself can have either two or four visual states. Unlike a Push button, a Toggle button remains in its selected state after being clicked so that its value is obvious.

Learn more here: Tab: Type, Tab: Select Action


Timed graphic blending effect for making transitions from one page to another, or for moving elements on and off the screen.

Learn more here: Transition


Named “container” for a quantity which can change within a script in response to user input or a condition in the script’s execution; in addition to simple numbers and strings, it may also contain expressions.

Learn more here: Variables, Integrating Data

 Video Clip

Any digital video movie that can be imported into Designer.

Learn more here: Add a Streaming Video Clip Element, Design Streaming Video Clip Panel


Partial or full-screen panel containing buttons, scroll bars, text boxes and other controls that set options and perform operations to create a script.

Learn more here: Working in the Main View, Working in the Page View


Allows you to specify whether elements on a page should wait for the page transition to complete, before beginning their element transitions.

 Wait for Element(s)

Page or element will not advance until the page or element is complete.

Learn more here: Timing

 Web Clip

URL or HTML Widget. 

Learn more here: Design Web Clip Panel, Add Web Clip Element, Tab: Web Clip Control

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