The icons at the top of main window of SWF Studio are part of a toolbar that provides easy access to the core features of the product. From the toolbar you can open and save your project, build it, access various tools, links and open the product documentation.
1. Resets all project settings to their default values. See the Default Project section of the Options dialog Files and Folders Tab for more information about the default project settings. Depending on the confirmation settings you have selected, you may be prompted to save the contents of the current project file before they are lost.
2. Opens a standard Windows File Open dialog that allows you to select a project file. If the Open/Save section of the Files and Folders Tab on the Options dialog is not empty, that path will be used as the default location file the File Open dialog, otherwise the system default folder will be used. Depending on the confirmation settings you have selected, you may be prompted to save the contents of the current project file before the new file is loaded.
3. The first time you press the Save button for an untitled project SWF Studio will open a standard Windows File Save dialog to let you select the location and file name to save the contents of the the current project. If the Open/Save section of the Files and Folders Tab on the Options dialog is not empty, that path will be used as the default location file the File Save dialog, otherwise the system default folder will be used. Once a project has been saved (no longer untitled), pressing the Save button will simply save the project without prompting you for the location again. Depending on the confirmation settings you have selected, you may be prompted before overwriting the contents of the current project file.
4. When you press the Build button SWF Studio will automatically switch focus to the Build Tab and start the build process.
5. Opens the Options Dialog so you can change settings that control how the SWF Studio user interface works. From the Options dialog you can change SWF Studio's startup behavior, default file and folder locations, whether SWF Studio prompts you to confirm certain operations, various default project settings and more.
6. Opens the Tip Of The Day dialog and allows you to browse a collection of tips provided by Northcode staff and submitted by users.
7. If you filled out the information on the Support Tab of the Options dialog, then pressing the Forums button will open a new browser window and log you in to the Northcode Support Forums. If you haven't supplied your forum login information you will be taken to the password recovery form instead.
8. If you have disabled the automatic update check (see General Tab of the Options dialog) then you can use this button to perform manual checks for updates to SWF Studio.
9. Opens a new browser window at the Northcode Online Store.
10. Opens the SWF Studio Unlock Dialog where you can enter your product code and registration information to unlock your copy of SWF Studio. If your copy is not unlocked, the Unlock icon will be a red locked icon instead of the normal blue unlocked icon .
11. Opens the SWF Studio help file for viewing and searching.
12. Choose Save As (Ctrl+Shift+S) when you want to make a copy of your project or save it under a new name. Choosing this menu item opens a standard Windows File Save As dialog that allows you to select a name and location for the new project file. If the Open/Save section of the Files and Folders Tab on the Options dialog is not empty, that path will be used as the default location file the File Save As dialog, otherwise the system default folder will be used.
13. Choose Export (Ctrl+E) to gather up all the files in your project and save them into a single compressed file (an SPX file). You will be prompted to select additional files for inclusion in your export (SPX) file. You don't have to add extra files, but this allows you to add your FLA and any other resources you might need to make a complete archive of your project before sending it to someone else.
14. Opens the SWF Studio help file for viewing and searching. You can also use the Ctrl+H shortcut key to do this, or you can press the Help button on the toolbar.
15. Opens the ActiveX Info tool that enumerates all the available ActiveX controls on your system and creates documentation for each control that can be used with the ActiveX object.
16. Opens the SWF Studio V3 Examples page from the Northcode web site.
17. Opens the SWF Studio V3 Knowledge Base page from the Northcode web site where you have access to the latest list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), articles and tutorials about SWF Studio.
18. Opens the SWF Studio V3 Known Problems page from the Northcode web site. The list of known problems is updated as problems are found and fixed. Check here before reporting a new bug and make sure you have the latest version of SWF Studio.
19. Opens the SWF Studio End User License Agreement (EULA) using the application on your system associated with RTF files. The EULA defines the specific rights granted to you and restrictions on the use of SWF Studio and applications you generate with SWF Studio. When you unlock SWF Studio you must agree to the terms in this document.
20. Opens the SWF Studio release notes using the application on your system associated with RTF files. The release notes contain information about known limitations and problems and provides a history of all the fixes, changes and additions made to SWF Studio since its initial release.
21. The About box displays version, copyright and trademark information for Northcode, SWF Studio and companies we've licensed technology from as well as other legal notices.