Mimic's workspace is flexible and gives you several options to work the way that you want.
The user interface consists of the following major sections.
- Top The top portion of the Mimic interface displays a ribbon view, used to access features.
- Left The left side of the Mimic interface is the default location for many different window panes (e.g., Movies window pane, Palettes window pane, Help TOC window pane, Help Index window pane).
- Middle The middle section of the interface is the default location for the editors in Mimic (e.g., Frame Editor, Collection Editor, Dictionary Editor). This middle section also displays the Start Page, which is used for quickly performing high-level tasks and accessing information.
- Right The right side of the interface is the default location for other window panes (e.g., Frames window pane, Objects window pane, Dynamic Help).
- Bottom The bottom portion of the interface is the default location for yet more window panes (e.g., Timeline window pane, Messages window pane).
The window panes on the right, left, and bottom of the interface are used to support the work that you do in the editors in the middle. You have the flexibility in Mimic to close or move elements around as you like, so it is not mandatory that every window or editor remain permanently in its default location. See Customizing the Workspace.
The Start Page is a handy window pane that displays when you first launch Mimic and remains open unless you close it. This window pane consists of links to high-level tasks and information.
Two of the most important editors in Mimic are the Frame Editor and the Collection Editor.
The Frame Editor is the area in Mimic that displays the selected frame from a movie. You can use the Frame Editor to modify the frame in many ways, such as by adding shapes, buttons, text, effects, and more to it.
Mimic has numerous window panes in the interface that are used for a variety of purposes. Most window panes open by default on the left or right side of the workspace. Other window panes, such as the Timeline window pane, open by default at the bottom of the workspace. 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.
This window pane lets you see a snapshot of the first frame for each movie that you have added to a collection. You can easily open any movie in the collection by double-clicking the appropriate snapshot image in the Movies window pane.
This window pane displays the individual frames for the active movie (in sequential order), with the first frame at the very top and the last frame at the very bottom of the window pane. When you click on a frame in this window pane, a larger version of it displays in the Frame Editor.
This window pane displays the properties for frames and objects.
When you click on an object, the Object Properties window pane opens on the right. From here, you can edit the look and behavior of the object, as well as other options. When you click on a different object, the Object Properties window pane will automatically reflect that object's properties.
When you double-click on a frame, the Frame Properties window pane opens on the right. From here, you can edit the frame's appearance and effects, along with some other options.
Note: Once a properties window pane is open, it will automatically change to Frame Properties or Object Properties when you click a new object or double-click the frame. In other words, if you have the Frame Properties window pane open and then you click on an object on that frame, the window pane will automatically switch to the Object Properties window pane.
The Timeline window pane is used to set the timing for an individual frame or for objects within that frame. This gives you a visual method for adjusting the amount of time each object displays in the frame. You can drag the right or left edges of object bars in the Timeline window pane.
Each open document in the workspace has a tab 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.
Mimic's user interface lets you use a ribbon layout.
The ribbon layout consists of a File drop-down with common tasks such as creating new movies, as well as opening and saving files. This is followed by the Home ribbon, which is the default, and several others related to various features in Mimic.
The ribbon view also lets you take advantage of the Quick Access toolbar, which lets you add your favorite ribbon options to it.