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The main interface

Disclaimer: This article is a draft of the documentation. A more elaborated series of article is in progress.

The main interface

In this chapter, we will see what are the parts that compose FileVoyager’s main interface.
Here’s a typical window with its parts:

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Legend

  1. The Panes (Left pane and Right pane) or Panels
  2. The Central toolbar
  3. The Ribbon (main toolbar)
  4. The Application bar
  5. The ThumbFlow
  6. The Favorites bar
  7. The Hint bar

 

The Panes

The Panes are what you will spend most of the time staring at. It’s where you will find your file and folder listings, that you will view as report or thumbnails. It is the place where you will navigate your file systems. It is also the place where you will execute many operations.

To understand how the Panes are composed, go to the Navigation Pane documentation.

But each Pane has a dual behavior. Apart from interacting with the file systems, it also has a Preview mode that allows to display the content of the files in the opposite Pane and to render it when FileVoyager is able to render a file format.

The Central toolbar

The Central toolbar contains a group of actions that are supposed to be the most needed ones.
The Central toolbar can be hidden.

The Ribbon

The Ribbon is the general instrument panel. In the Ribbon, the actions and tools are stored by theme.
There are four themes:

  • Home – It’s another place where the user can find the most needed actions and tools
  • Manage – It brings together the tools and actions that allow the user to interact with the file systems
  • View – It contains the tools and actions that impact the display of FileVoyager in many aspects
  • Tools – It contains tools that are not directly part of FileVoyager and tools that do not impact the file systems

The Ribbon can be collapsed to save space for example.

The Application bar

The Application bar is the place where the user can pin his most frequently used elements of the file systems.
To pin an item, an element has just to be dragged and dropped on an empty place in the Application bar.
To execute or open a pinned item, the user just need to click on it.
If one or more items are dragged and dropped on an existing pinned item, the pinned item is executed with the dropped items.
Any type of file system elements can be pinned to the Application bar.

The Application bar can be hidden.

The ThumbFlow

The ThumbFlow is a 3D representation of the folder below it. It loosely mimics the famous CoverFlow of Apple.

The ThumbFlow can be hidden.

The Favorites bar

The Favorites bar is the place where the user can store his most used folders.
To store a folder in this bar, the user right-clicks a folder among one of those listed in one of the Panes. In the context menu that is displayed, click “Add to FileVoyager’s favorites”.

This Favorites bar is the preferred place to store folders, rather than the Application bar, because upcoming releases of FileVoyager will bring dedicated functionalities to this bar that will not be available in Application bar.

The Favorites bar can be hidden.

The Hint bar

This is just a text box that will display infotips about the FileVoyager parts or button that are hovered with the mouse pointer

 

The main interface was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by FileVoyager (Author)

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