The Components Toolbox is a collection of predefined skin elements. If, for instance, you have a button (or group of buttons) that you know you can use on multiple projects/skins, you can save it here. This makes it easier than saving different skin versions because you can categorize and tag them and even add descriptions.
You can create a component from the entire skin or with just a group of elements.
If you want to create a component from the entire skin, go to the Edit menu and choose Create Component from Skin.
If you want to create a component from a group of elements, first make sure they are all selected and do any of the following:
Go to the Edit menu and choose Create Component from Selection.
Right-click on any selected element(s) in the Canvas or Tree and choose Create Component from Selection.
The Create Component dialog will appear.
Choose a category for your new component. You can create categories in the Category section of the Toolbox.
You can now choose what to do next:
- Give the component a name, thus saving a new component. The components’ name must be unique within a category.
- Replace an existing component.
Click OK to save or replace the component.
Add a component to a skin by doing one of the following:
Right-click the component and choose Insert Component into Skin or Insert Component as Child of active Element.
Double-click the component.
This is the components browser. All components you add to the Toolbox will be here. You can use the thumbnail slider below to change the thumbnail size. Click on a component to select it.
You can remove a component by selecting it and hitting the Delete key.
Categories give you a way to organize the components. You can add (green plus) and remove (red X) categories. There are two that cannot be removed; Built-In and User Defined.
Components can be moved to other categories by dragging them to a folder.
Select multiple categories by doing any of the following:
Control + Click or Command + Click on the categories.
Click the Select all Categories button above the categories.
Filtering is helpful for finding specific components. You can use Text or Tags or both to filter which will filter down the list.
For example, if you want to find all Silhouette components that use Hotspot Templates, you can type, template for the Text and select Silhouette for the Tag. You would then see all components that include the text, template, and are tagged Silhouette.
Text – Filter the components with any text string. Text added to the Information section is searchable.
Tags – Filter the components with any tags.
Title – Give the component a title.
Author - Give credit to the person who created the component.
Copyright - Add copyright information.
Tags - Add tags to the components. Tags added here will show up in the Tags menu in the Filter section.
Description - Add any information about the component you find necessary.
This is a preview of the selected component.