Storyboard Designer Workbench

When Storyboard Designer starts, the user is presented with an initial empty working environment for application development as shown in the following image. Storyboard Designer presents the user with a main editing area that displays a visual, WYSIWYG, representation of the application screens as they are being developed.  The editor is the primary interface for development and design of the application. The editor is opened, like any other standard editor in the Eclipse environment, by double-clicking on any Storyboard Designer file, or right-clicking and selecting File > Open.

The editor area is surrounded by dockable views that present editing information to the user as the application is being developed.  Many of these views, such as the layer or application view, provide information relative to the selection in the current editor. Additional views can be added into the current display by selecting Window > Show View and then selecting the additional views.

The selection of views and their arrangement around the editor area is called a perspective. The default Storyboard Designer perspective layout can be customized by dragging, resizing, and re-docking views in an arrangement that is convenient to individual developer or designer workflows. It is always possible to reset the layout of the perspective to its default by selecting Window > Reset Perspective from the main menu.

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For more details on configuring the workbench refer to Help > Help Contents > Workbench User's Guide

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