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BlackBerry Theme Builder workspace

When you start the BlackBerry Theme Builder, the workspace displays a preview image of the BlackBerry device that you created the theme for, a toolbar, and the collapsed view of the Inspector panel.

The workspace is customizable. You can show the tools that you use most often and hide the ones that you don't use. For example, if you prefer to work in the preview area of the canvas, you can show the Quick Edit bar and you can hide the Inspector by clicking the arrow on the header of the Inspector. You can move the project tools to any part of the workspace, and you can undock any of the tools from the workspace. The BlackBerry Theme Builder saves the customizations that you make to the workspace for the next time that you open the BlackBerry Theme Builder.



Canvas

The canvas displays the preview area. You can move the preview area around the canvas.

Toolbar

You can use the toolbar in the BlackBerry Theme Builder to access actions you use on a regular basis. After you select a screen to change, the toolbar shows only the buttons that apply to the screen you selected.

Preview area of the canvas

The preview area of the canvas displays a preview image of the device that you created the theme for. You can click the device element on the preview area of the canvas and make changes to the element on the Quick Edit bar. You can change the size of the preview image by using the Zoom buttons that are below the preview image.

Quick Edit bar

The Quick Edit bar displays the options that you can use to change an element. You must first click an element in the preview area of the canvas to see the options on the Quick Edit bar.

Inspector

The Inspector includes the buttons that you can use to select a screen and the elements for each screen that you can change. You can expand the Inspector to show all the elements and make the changes to them on the Inspector. If you prefer, you can hide the elements in the Inspector and use the Quick Edit bar to make changes to the elements.

Catalog panel

The Catalog panel stores images and colors for use in your themes. You can drag images and colors from the Catalog to the Quick Edit bar or to the Inspector.

Alignment panel

The Alignment panel allows you to select multiple objects on specific screens and change the alignment of the objects.

Toolbar

You can use the toolbar in the BlackBerry Theme Builder to perform actions that you might use on a regular basis. After you select a screen to change, the toolbar shows only the buttons that apply to the screen you selected. You can point to a button on the toolbar and the name of the button appears in a ToolTip.

Button

Description

Select an Individual Object

You can click Select an Individual Object, select the element on the preview area of the canvas, and then on the Quick Edit bar, you can make changes to the element. By default, the Select an Individual Object feature is turned on; however if you clicked the Scroll the Preview Area button and you want to make changes to an element, you must click the Select an Individual Object button again.

Scroll the Preview Area

You can click Scroll the Preview Area to move the preview area on the canvas.

Turn On/Off Bounding Boxes

You can click Turn On/Off Bounding Boxes and click objects on the preview area of the canvas to highlight objects, so that you can move them or change their alignment.

Preview Theme on Simulator

You can click Preview Theme on Simulator to view your theme on a BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator. You must first install a BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator for the BlackBerry device that you create the theme for.

Preview Theme on BlackBerry

You can click Preview Theme on BlackBerry to see how a theme appears on a BlackBerry device. You must first connect your computer to a device that you create the theme for.

Show the Application Banner

You can click Show the Application Banner to make changes to the Application banner. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Banner button in the Inspector.

Show the Home screen Banner

You can click Show the Home screen Banner to make changes to the banner on the Home screen. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Banner button in the Inspector.

Change BlackBerry Orientation

You can click Change BlackBerry Orientation to change from portrait mode to landscape mode. If you want the theme in portrait mode to look different in landscape mode, you can click the Change BlackBerry Orientation button and customize each mode. This button is available if you are creating a theme for devices that support multiple orientations.

Link Portrait and Landscape Changes

You can click Link Portrait and Landscape Changes to link or unlink changes in portrait and landscape mode. When Link Portrait and Landscape Changes is selected, the changes that you make to images, fonts, or colors in Landscape mode are the same in Portrait mode. When the button is not selected, the changes that you make to one mode is not reflected in the other. This button appears on the toolbar if you are creating a theme for devices that support multiple orientations.

Show the Titlebar

You can click Show the Titlebar to show or hide the title bar in the preview area of the canvas. When the title bar is visible in the preview area of the canvas, you can make changes to the appearance of the title bar. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Controls button in the Inspector.

Show the Search field

You can click Show the Search field to show or hide the search field in the preview area of the canvas. When the search field is visible in the preview area of the canvas, you can make changes to the appearance of the search field. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Controls button in the Inspector.

Show the Menu

You can click Show the Menu to show or hide the menu in the preview area of the Canvas. When the menu is visible in the preview area of the canvas, you can make changes to the appearance of the menu. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Controls button in the Inspector.

Show the Dialog and Button

You can click Show the Dialog and Button to show or hide the dialog box in the preview area of the canvas. When the dialog box is visible in the preview area of the canvas, you can make changes to the appearance of the dialog box or buttons. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Controls button in the Inspector.

Show the Group Box

You can click Show the Group Box to show or hide the group box in the preview area of the canvas. When the group box is visible in the preview area of the canvas, you can make changes to the appearance of the group box. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Controls button in the Inspector.

Show the Popup Menu

You can click Show the Popup Menu to show or hide the pop-up menu in the preview area of the canvas. When the pop-up menu is visible in the preview area of the canvas, you can make changes to the appearance of the pop-up menu. This button appears on the toolbar if you selected the Controls button in the Inspector.