Contributor's workspace is flexible, uses a modern Multiple Document Interface (MDI), and gives you several options to work the way that you want.
Contributor's user interface consists of the following major sections:
- Top The top portion of the Contributor interface displays either a ribbon view, or a tool strip view, which are used to access features.
- Left The left side of the Contributor interface is the default location for some window panes (e.g., Help TOC window pane) when you open them.
- Middle The large middle section of the Contributor interface is the default location for editors such as the XML Editor, which is where you enter content and annotations. It also displays the Start Page, which is used for quickly performing high-level tasks and accessing information.
- Right The right side of the Contributor interface (like the left side) is the default location for various window panes (e.g., Dynamic Help window pane, Footnotes window pane) when you open them.
- Bottom The bottom area of the Contributor interface is the default location for yet more 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 pane that displays when you first launch Contributor and remains open unless you close it. You can use the Start Page to open and create projects, access Getting Started resources for new users, select project templates, and more.
Each open document in the workspace has a tab or accordion that lets you access it. The most recently opened document is in front, while other open documents are behind it. You can bring a document 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.
You can open as many documents as you need in the interface. When you have opened more documents than can be shown, the hidden documents can be accessed by clicking a drop-down menu on the right side of the workspace.
The XML Editor is the primary editor that you will use in Contributor. This editor is used to enter, modify, and format the content for
For MadCap Lingo review package (LIREV) files, the XML Editor works a bit differently than it does for regular document files from products such as Flare or Word. That's because Lingo is a translation tool, so only text segments are important, and in particular, the target language segments. You can make changes only to the target segment, as well as insert annotations. In addition, you can make certain formatting edits to the target segment (e.g., bold, underline, color), but many other features (e.g., insert image, hyperlink, table) are disabled for Lingo review files.
The Review Packages window pane lets you view the topics that are part of a review package file sent from an author. You can double-click on a topic file name to open it so that you can review and edit it.
You can also view the contents of a review package as a TOC (only if the Flare author has sent you the package directly from the Flare TOC) by clicking the View TOC button. You can switch back to the grid view by clicking the Grid View button. When you are finished and you save your changes, you can click the "Return to Sender" button in the local toolbar to email it back to the author.
Contributor'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 creating new files, as well as opening and saving documents. This is followed by the Home ribbon, which is the default, and several others related to various features in Contributor. See Ribbons.
The ribbon view also lets you take advantage of the Quick Access toolbar, which lets you add your favorite ribbon options to it. See Quick Access Toolbar.
Contributor's user interface includes a menu bar at the top of the program window, containing several menu options. See Menus.
Contributor 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, Review, and Text Format. See Global Toolbars.
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.
These are toolbars that are intended for a particular editor or window pane. For example, the XML Editor contains not only one, but two, local toolbars—one at the top of the editor and the other at the bottom. In fact, the bottom toolbar changes depending on whether you are in Web Layout mode or Print Layout mode. The top local toolbar includes a shortcut button for inserting a hyperlink, because the XML Editor is where you would use that feature. Most editors and window panes in Contributor contain at least one local toolbar.