There are several key elements to the application layout:
Menu Bar: Located at the top of the application, the Menu Bar organizes access to tools and functions into a few, intuitive categories: Revu (tools for managing the usage of the application), File (tools for creating, opening, saving, exporting, printing PDFs and more), Edit (tools pertaining to object and text manipulation), View (tools for controlling the look and behavior of the workspace), Document (tools for manipulating PDFs),
Properties Toolbar: A specialized toolbar located below the Menu Bar, the Properties Toolbar is dynamic in nature and the information it shows depends entirely on what is active in Revu at the moment.
Toolbars: Configurable collections of tools that can be used to customize the application to suit your needs and workflows.
Side Panels: Vertical pull-outs located at the right and left of the application dedicated to showing panels.
Bottom Panel: Horizontal pull-out located at the bottom of the application used for showing panels.
Tip: Side and bottom panels can be hidden/revealed by clicking on their edges. When the mouse moves over one of these edges, the edge lights up and the mouse cursor changes to one with a double-arrow. Click the edge to slide the panel open or closed.
Navigation Bar: A specialized toolbar located between the main workspace and the bottom panel, the navigation bar enables efficient movement between pages and views in the main workspace.
Status Bar: A specialized toolbar located at the bottom of the application, the status bar includes tools related to snap controls, markup reuse, and view synchronization as well as showing the size of the active PDF and the coordinates of the mouse cursor.
Show menu: Contains a list of all available panels, whether currently shown or hidden (highlighted panels are shown, the rest are hidden). Selecting a panel that is currently shown will select it, making it the active panel. Selecting a panel that is currently hidden will show it and make it the active panel.
Hide: Hides the panel. Hidden panels can be shown using either the Show menu described above or by going to Window > Panels and selecting it.
Attach menu: Contains a set of options to control the location of the panel, either to the left, right, or bottom of the main workspace, or to completely detach it, leaving it floating and allowing you to place it anywhere.
Auto-Hide Panel Access: When enabled, the panel access bars found to the right and left of the main workspace will automatically hide themselves when their panels are hidden, freeing up more workspace. When the mouse is rolled over the border of one of these panel access bars, it will slide out, allowing you to open a panel.
Panel viewing spaces can be split into multiple areas so you can see multiple panels at the same time. A panel's viewing space can be split in top-bottom or side-by-side configurations. Furthermore, splits can be, themselves, split.
- Click the icon of the panel you wish to move and drag it into the panel viewing space until the Position Wheel appears.
- Drag the panel over the area of the Position Wheel corresponding to the section of the panel where you want it to go and release.
In the following example, the Tool Chest is dragged below the thumbnail view so that both panels may be shown at once.
Notice also that the Tool Chest panel has been moved beneath a bifurcation line. Other panels can be dragged below that same bifurcation line and, when they are selected, will appear in the bottom half of the panel. In the example below, the Properties panel is dragged to the bottom bifurcation and shares the space with the Tool Chest: whichever is selected appears in the bottom half of the panel.
The configuration of the workspace is saved so that the next time a session of Revu is started, the layout will not have to be re-configured.
Lastly, the bottom panel can overlay the left and right panels. Click the double arrows on either side of the panel border to toggle this setting.
Expanding in this manner is a common way to show more columns in the Markups list, for example.