Working with Panels

Working with Panels

In VectorStyler, most of the attributes of objects, effects, shapes or styles are accessible from panels. Panels provide an easy way to organize frequently accessed features into a small view and leave sufficient screen space for the design. Multiple panels can be combined and grouped into floating windows.

Most of the panels in VectorStyler also provide an additional options menu. This menu can be accessed from the menu button located at the top-right corner of the panel. The following example shows three floating panels and a panel option menu: (A) the gradient panel, (B) the brush panel, (C) the alignment panel, (D) the options menu of the alignment panel.





Panels can be closed with the close button located at the top-left corner of the panel window (left side of the title area). The panel views can be dragged and dropped into other panel views, combining into one window with a tabbed access to the individual views. Dragging of a panel view can be initiated from the panel name leaf, or from any empty location inside the view.

Panels can also be combined into a single window by gluing several panels next to each other vertically. This can be done by dragging a panel to the top or bottom margin of the window of another panel. Docking into a split window will allow the panels to be visible at the same time, but it will take up more screen space.

Panels can be attached to the main document window as well. To do this, drag and drop the panel near the left or right margin of the main document window. Panels attached to the document window will resize and move with the window, making screen arrangements simpler, but using panels in this way, reduces the space available for the artwork display.

The state of the panels (visibility, location, arrangements) are stored persistently in the current workspace. This allows different panel states to be captured and stored in workspace files using the Workspaces commands from the application menu.

A few of the VectorStyler panels may have multiple instances. These include the Layers, Color Palette, Object Style, and various Styles and Presets panels. Having multiple instances of these panels can be used to improve design workflow on a complex document.

For example, the Layers panel instances can be opened on different parts (of the hierarchy) and different canvases of the same document. When multiple documents are open in VectorStyler, a Layers panel instance can be opened to an inactive document. This enables the easy dragging and dropping of objects from one Layers panel to another, to easily reuse objects from one canvas or one document in an other.