Designer’s Main View is used to create and manipulate scripts and gives you access to all other views needed in the creation and execution of your scripts.
The Main View is broken down into these basic areas:
Main View Menu (1)
When you initially open Designer, the Toolbar only has the the icons that can be used at that moment. The Thumbnail/List Area is empty, because it is waiting for you to either create a script (using the New icon) or load an existing script (using the Open icon).
Document Tab Bar (3)
This area contains all your currently opened or unsaved scripts. You can switch scripts by selecting the scripts name in the Document Tab bar. If you have not saved the script, then an asterisk (*) will appear in front of the script name. On the right of the document bar you will see the scripts dimensions, the scripts properties icon, the up icon (for moving up levels in grouping) and the close script icon.
The List icon toggles the view between thumbnails. List mode is a textual view that can be useful when over-viewing larger scripts, or when you want to modify multiple pages simultaneously.
This area gives you an overview of everything your script will display or execute.
A thumbnail in the Main view may represent one of several things, each of which has a distinctive appearance:
- Page (5) : Contains elements such as text, video clips, HTML web clips and sounds. Most thumbnails fall into this category. Examples include a background upon which you may place elements such as text, graphics, and video. These pages may also include non-graphic elements, such as sounds and timing events. Page View is used to create and manipulate a page.
- Group (6): Collection of pages that can be treated as a unit.
- Sub-Script (7): Another script run from within the current script.
- Special Event (8): Non graphical event, such as a timing event, sound, or a command to control an external device.
Between the Document Tab Bar and the Thumbnail area is a row of columns which hold information or events associated with the currently selected page as a whole. The number of columns displayed depends upon the number of modules installed, which can vary.
You can change the size of the thumbnail images by using the slider control above the thumbnails (10), or by adjusting the Size control in the Thumbnails tab of the Options dialog.
In List mode, pages are displayed here as rows from top to bottom, identified by name, which lets you see and access many pages' column buttons at once. This provides an overview of the script's settings for Transitions, timing, etc.
Status information Bar (11)
Additional information may appear in this bar from time to time.
These areas will also be discussed as part of this section: