The VisualNEO Screen
When you start VisualNEO for Windows for the first time, a blank publication will be opened and you will be placed into authoring mode. As you may have already discovered, the VisualNEO for Windows screen consists of a large workspace surrounded by several groups of tools and dockable palettes. The parts of the screen are described below:
The Menu Bar is a standard Windows component which appears at the top of most applications. VisualNEO for Windows’s Menu Bar includes commands for opening, saving and modifying your publications. The commands found in the menu are described in detail in here.
The Speed Bar contains buttons that provide single click access to several often used VisualNEO for Windows commands.
To the right of the Speed Bar are five page Navigation Buttons. The first button sends you to the first page of the publication. The second button takes you to the previous page. The middle button sends you to the Master Page. The fourth button takes you to the next page. The fifth button takes you to the last page of the publication.
The Master Page typically contains elements that are common to most (or all) pages in a publication. Common elements can include navigational buttons, titles, page numbers, etc. You can add, modify and delete objects on the Master Page just as you would on any other page.
The Work Space occupies the largest portion of VisualNEO for Windows’s screen. This is the area where you will create and edit your publications. You may open several work windows at a time, each containing a different publication. If your VisualNEO for Windows screen does not contain a work window, you can open one by selecting New or Open from the File menu.
When a work window is open, Page Tabs containing the titles of the publication’s pages will appear at bottom of the VisualNEO for Windows screen. Each page in a publication is assigned a unique name which is reflected on the tab. You may jump between pages by clicking on the tab of the page you want to go to. You can change the order of the pages by dragging the Page Tabs along the bottom of the VisualNEO for Windows screen.
The controls on the Style Palette are used to modify the appearance of the objects that make up your publication. Controls are available for changing an object’s fill, outline and font attributes.
This palette contains a list of all the objects that have been placed on the current page. Like pages, each object is assigned a unique name. You may use the Object List to select specific objects for modification, or right click on an object to change its attributes. The Object List can be hidden by deselecting the Show Object List item in VisualNEO for Windows’s View menu.
The Object Info palette displays the selected object’s size and position on the page. You can edit these settings manually if you need precise control over an object’s coordinates.
The MouseCam palette shows a magnified view of the area of the screen beneath the mouse pointer. This can be handy when positioning very small objects. You can adjust the magnification settings by right clicking on the MouseCam window.
If your publication’s dimensions are greater than the size of your screen, you can use the scroll bars to bring other parts of your project into view.
This box, in the lower/right corner, indicates the number of the current page displayed in the work space.
Customizing Your Workspace
You can customize your VisualNEO for Windows environment by positioning the palette windows anywhere on the screen, or by docking them to the left, right, top or bottom edges of the main program window. Docked palettes can be repositioned or undocked by dragging the small bar at the top or left of each palette window. Unneeded palettes can be hidden by clicking the small close box at the top of the window or by deselecting the appropriate item from VisualNEO for Windows’s View menu. (Note: The Tool and Style palettes cannot be closed.)