Use this command to create a new, blank publication. Specify the desired screen size, color resolution and application type. An empty publication containing two blank pages will be created. One of the blank pages is the Master Page. The other is the first page of your publication. Additional pages can be added at any time by selecting Add Page from the Page menu. Use the Save command to store the new publication on your disk. You will be prompted to give your publication a file name the first time you save it.
The Publication Size you choose depends on what type of publication you are creating and what type of equipment your audience is likely to have. Most computer systems today have monitors capable of displaying a minimum of 640 x 480 pixels and 256 colors. This is generally considered the lowest common denominator – the minimum capabilities you can safely assume your reader will have. Therefore, publications of this size or smaller will be able to run without problems on the largest number of computers. However, if your publication is to be used in a location where you know that your readers will all have the same type of equipment (a school computer lab for example), the lowest common denominator may be much higher – perhaps 800 x 600 pixels and 16 million colors.
Depending on what type of publication you are creating, you also may need to consider a few other factors when deciding on a size. If your publication will run in full screen mode, then you will have the entire screen area to work with. However, if your publication window will include a title bar, menu bar and border (see App Properties), you will need to allow for this space when selecting a size. Since the height of the title bar, menu bar and border can vary depending on how the user has configured Windows, you’ll need to estimate the amount of space to reserve for these elements. The size you select defines the client area or interior portion of the publication’s window – not the area used by the title bar and border.
VisualNEO for Windows also supports the creation of sizeable publications that can automatically adjust to whatever size screen is available. When creating a sizeable publication, the dimensions you select represent an optimal size rather than a strict limitation.
Selecting the Number of Colors for your publication is fairly straight forward. The 16 million color option gives you a virtually limitless selection of colors and provides the best rendering of photographic images. However, as discussed earlier, some older computers may not be capable of running in this mode. If that’s the case, VisualNEO for Windows will do the best it can to display your publication given the limitations of the reader’s computer.
For 256 color publications, each page may be assigned its own unique 256 color palette. VisualNEO for Windows also provides an Auto-Palette option that uses a generic color palette for the entire publication. The Auto-Palette contains a full spectrum of general colors including the 20 standard colors used by Windows.
VisualNEO for Windows’s Compiler is capable of producing finished applications in four different formats. These include: Standard Application, Screen Saver, System Tray Application and ActiveX Control. Each of these Publication Types have different properties, so which one you choose depends on the needs of your particular project. See Compile for more details about Publication Types.