Designer 11.02

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Edit contains options for managing the contents of the page. The available options depend on the tab which may differ slightly from one tab to another. They can be accessed primarily through the Edit pull-down menu. A few options are also available in the Page view Toolbar such as Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo and Redo.

The Edit menu consists of:

FunctionExplanation

Undo/ Redo (last named action)

Use as necessary. The Undo/Redo support in the Design panels is the same as described in Main Toolbar: Undo and Redo. The Undo command undoes the last action you performed while Redo restores that action. They are both multi-leveled, meaning you can repeatedly step backward through the sequence of your changes by continually choosing Undo, or step forward in your sequence by choosing Redo.

Undo Page

This is whole-page undo. Choosing this option will revert the current page to the state it was in when you last entered it from the Main View, or from another page, in any Design Panel. For example, if you have made several changes to a page and realize that the page is all wrong, Undo Page lets you start over more easily than using Undo repeatedly.

Cut

Deletes information from a page, and places it on the clipboard. From there, it can be pasted into any script, and is available until the next time you choose Cut or Copy.

Copy

Duplicates information to the clipboard, which can then be pasted into any script. Any information located on the clipboard is available until the next time you choose Cut or Copy.

Paste

Inserts information from the clipboard which has been cut or copied. The position of the information after it has been pasted, depends on the current status of the page:

  • If you click on the screen and see the text cursor, the information will be inserted at the cursor position.
  • If one or more elements are selected, the information will be placed down and slightly to the right of the currently selected items’ upper left corner.
  • If nothing is selected and there is no cursor visible, Designer will remember the last position the text cursor occupied, and insert the information into that position.

Having copied an element it is possible to paste it exactly on top of the original using the keyboard CTRL+ALT+V.

You may continue working with any pasted information. 

Paste Special

For special options when pasting material placed on the clipboard from an external program. It is available only when there is material on the clipboard, apart from plain text, which Designer will interpret as graphics.

When you choose Paste Special, you will see a dialog offering two options:

  • Paste as Clip: Embed the pasted image into your script.
  • Store as a Separate File: Use when you do not want the pasted object to be embedded into the Designer script file. Instead, it will remain a separately referenced file, which will will keep the script file from becoming too large, especially when you are using several copies of the same item. When you choose this option, you will see the File dialog. Enter a location and filename, and Designer will create a file containing the clipboard object with the name and location you assigned, and will display the object on the page. The script will reference the file in a manner similar to Adding a file.
    For example, copying columns out of a spreadsheet program to be included in a page. If pasted normally, the spreadsheet data would appear on the page as a single text element, and the data would most likely not be arranged in columns. Using this option, you can paste an image of the copied columns into the spreadsheet. For it to work properly, the application from which you cut or copy must be able to create the bitmap image when it places the data on the clipboard, something that not all applications can do. 

Reset Format

Returns the selected elements to the defaults, which are controlled by the Save Element and Page Defaults in the Tools Menu.

Delete

Removes any selected elements. May be recovered by choosing Undo.

Select All

Automatically selects every element on the page. For example, if you wanted to apply the same pause setting to every element, you would use this option. In some situations it is faster to select all elements on the page and then Ctrl-click on the elements you want to exclude, rather than individually clicking on every element.

Appear Later, Appear Earlier

Appear Later causes the selected element to appear on the page later than other elements, while Appear Earlier causes the selected element to appear on the page earlier than other elements. This will effectively move the element to the top of the Page Toolbar: List mode.

These options also have the effect of causing the selected element to move in front of, or behind overlapping elements. Using Element Layering will control how elements cover each other, independent of their temporal order. When using these options, the rules applied are based of whether the element has a transition. Essentially there are two groups as is seen in the List View. The first section of elements are those without transitions and are already on the page when the page appears during playback, while the second section are those with transitions and appear in the order in List View. Adding or removing a transition will cause the element to move between the sections.

Align

Opens the Align popup, which provides the ways to align the selected elements both vertically and horizontally.

Spread

Opens the Spread popup, which provides the ways to spread the selected elements both vertically and horizontally.

Bind to Data

This will bring up a popup menu that lets you pick a variable, or choose New... to create or select a variable to bind the property to. If the property already is bound to data, you will find an Unbind option at the bottom of the popup menu so that you can unbind it from the data. When an element is bound to a variable the Selection box of the element will show the name of the variable it is bound to.

Set Array Index

Opens the Set Array Index popup, which provides the ways to alter the index used when binding parameters in the selected elements.
Insert ImageAdds the given image into the text or text box element at the current location as an embedded image.
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