Lesson 2.1 - Creating the new project

In this lesson we'll create a new slideshow based screensaver project and take a look at the editor window.

Create the project

1. In the menu, choose File/New/New Screen Saver Project, a dialog box opens. Select the "Slide Show Based Screen Saver" type in the list and click Next. A second dialog box opens:

2. Specify the Screensaver Title: "Tutorial2". Also specify your own Description, Author Name, Copyright () information and click Next.

 REMARK: Click on the context help button () to get more information on a specific area in the dialog box.

A quick tour of the slideshow screensaver project editor window

3. A new project window opens:

4. In the Application window () you see the menu and the main toolbar. This toolbar can be customized by double-clicking or right-clicking on it. When you select a command in this menu or main toolbar, it acts on the selected item or window.

5. In the Librarian () you can select the folder that contains the media files (images, animations, music, sounds) that you'll use in your project ().

6. The Project document window is named "Tutorial2" (). The application is multi-document enabled. It means that you can create or open several documents in the working area of the application. A local toolbar is located in the document window. If you click on a button in this toolbar (), it acts on the selected item in the document window. This toolbar cannot be customized.

7. The Document window is divided in three parts. In the upper-left pane () are located the edit dialog boxes that you'll use to set project and slide properties. It is composed of 5 windows that you can activate by clicking on the associated tabs: General, Slide Properties, Background, Default Music and Video Clip. At the bottom of the window () you see the list of slides included in the project (actually no slide). Slides you'll add in the project will be added in this list. Slide order can be rearranged by drag & drop and multi-selection is possible. Finally, in the upper-right pane (), a preview window is available.

 

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