Capture's workspace is flexible, uses a modern Multiple Document Interface (MDI), and gives you several options to work the way that you want.
The user interface consists of the following major sections.
- Top Read more… The top portion of the Capture interface displays either a ribbon view, or a tool strip view, which are used to access features.
- Left Read more… The left side of the Capture interface is the default location for many different window panes (e.g., Palettes window pane, Help TOC window pane, Help Index window pane). The Palettes window pane is used to store designs for objects (e.g., shapes, callouts), which you can add to a captured image. The Help windows are used to find information contained in Capture's online Help.
- Middle Read more… The middle section of the interface is the default location for the editors in Capture (e.g., Capture Editor, Profiles Editor). The Capture Editor is the most important area of the interface. It displays a captured image, which you can modify. This middle section also displays the Start Page, which is used for quickly performing high-level tasks and accessing information.
- Right Read more… The right side of the Capture interface is the default location for Dynamic Help
, which automatically displays the most appropriate online Help topic for whichever area of the interface is currently active.
- Bottom Read more… The bottom of the Capture interface is the default location for the Object Layers and Messages window panes.
For the most part, the window panes on the edges of the interface are used to support the work that you do in the middle. You have the flexibility to close or move elements around as you like, so it is not mandatory that every window pane remain permanently in its default location.
The Start Page is a handy window that displays when you first launch Capture and remains open unless you close it. This window consists of four sections (Recent Files, Getting Started, Help Resources, and News and Updates), which contain links to high-level tasks and information.
Capture has numerous window panes in the interface that are used for a variety of purposes, such as using palettes or viewing online Help elements (e.g., TOC, index). Some of these panes are located by default on the left side of the workspace (e.g., Palettes window, Help TOC), other panes are located on the right side (e.g., Dynamic Help), and still others are located at the bottom (e.g., Messages window). If more than one window pane is open on either side, the panes are organized in an accordion structure. This means that they are stacked on top of each other, with the active window pane displayed "in front" of the other panes. Accordion bars for each window pane are located at the bottom, and you can click any bar to bring that particular window pane "in front" so that you can work in it.
Each open image in the workspace has a tab that lets you access it. The most recently opened image is in front, while other open images are behind it. You can bring an image into view by clicking its tab.
You can also work with these document tabs in the following ways.
You can click and drag tabs to the right or left to change their order.
You can choose how to view window panes in the workspace.
- Accordion Tabs Stacks the document tabs below the window pane or editor.
- Standard Tabs on Top Places the document tabs on the top of the window pane or editor.
Standard Tabs on Bottom Places the document tabs on the bottom of the window pane or editor.
To switch between tabs, right-click in the title bar of the window pane or editor and select a view.
Capture's user interface lets you use a ribbon layout, or the more traditional tool strip layout.
The ribbon layout consists of a File drop-down with common tasks such as initiating a screen capture, opening files, and saving images. This is followed by the Edit ribbon, which is the default, and several others related to various features in Capture.
The ribbon view also lets you take advantage of the Quick Access toolbar, which lets you add your favorite ribbon options to it.
Capture's user interface includes a menu bar at the top of the program window, containing several menu options.
Capture has multiple global toolbars ("global" meaning they are always available at the top of the user interface, regardless of the type of document, editor, or window pane you are working on at the moment).
There are three kinds of global toolbars—Standard, Format, and Layout.
Ribbons can be seen only if you are working in the ribbon view, and menus and toolbars can be seen only if you are working in the traditional tool strip view. You can use the Options dialog to switch between ribbons and the classic tool strip layout.