Quick Start Guide
This quick start guide shows is your no-frills step-by-step guide for creating a simple front end menu.
- On the menu bar, select "Project - New Project...".
- A dialog box will open requesting your project name. Enter: "Test project 1" and click on "OK" to close the box.
- A dialog box will open requesting your window properties. Accept the default settings and click on "OK" to the box.
- A dialog box will open requesting the desktop properties. Accept the default settings and click on "OK" to the box.
- A dialog box will open requesting the splash screen properties. Accept the default settings and click on "OK" to the box.
There will be a menu window with a light gray background. A button for closing the menu is also added.
This menu can now already be tested. On the menu bar, select: "Project – Test Front end Menu...". Your
menu window with "Close Button" displays on the screen. Close the menu by clicking on the "Close"
button. The test can also be started by clicking on the test symbol on the
toolbar (magnifying glass symbol).
- Link the menu to a PDF.
(Note: In case you do not have any PDFs, you can find some in the KSSW-FrontendMenu Creator Folder,
- Start Windows Explorer (Toolbar, yellow folder symbol with magnifying glass).
- Arrange Windows Explorer and the KSSW Front End Menu Creator so you can at least partially see both programs.
- Navigate to your PDF document in Windows Explorer.
- Click and hold the mouse on the document. Pull the cursor into the Menu Creator workspace and let go of the mouse button.
- The Link Wizard (Link-Assistant) opens up and displays the chosen files. Because the Link Wizard already has set up the appropriate default settings for a PDF, you can skip the settings pages by clicking on “More” and finally “Close” on the last page.
- Now there is a new button in the menu window.
- Change the button text.
Single left-click on the new button. This will select the object and surround it with a dashed frame.
- Right-click on the object, which opens a context menu. Click on “Edit selected object…” in the context menu.
- The settings dialogue for the button opens up, displaying the text tab.
Enter “Open PDF Document” for the “Button Text” and for “Tooltip Text”, enter “Test:
Linking to a PDF”. Close the dialogue box by pressing "OK".
- It is appears that the button is too short for the text. The button must be enlarged.
Open the settings dialogue for the button and click on the “Visual Properties” tab. Inside
the Position group box, enter a width of 150 (now 120) and close by clicking "OK".
- Start the menu test (instructions above). Move your cursor over
the "Open PDF Document" button and let it rest there for a moment.
The Tooltip-Text "Test: Linking to a PDF" should appear. Click on the button,
and PDF document will open with your default PDF reader (typically Acrobat reader or Foxit Reader).
- Move the button.
Single left-click on the button. This will select the object and surround it with a dashed frame.
Press and hold the left mouse button on the object. Now drag your cursor to a new position. Let
go of the mouse button and click on an empty space in the menu window.
- Link to the image viewer.
- Click on the "Image Viewer" symbol on the object bar..
- Click on the […] next to the "Graphics File Search Button".
- A dialogue for searching for and opening graphics files opens. Click on the "Searach…" and
enter your digital photos or other graphics files (jpg, gif, bmp).
The image size must be between 32x32 and 5787x3600 pixels. Click on "OK".
- Enter "My Image" as a caption in the "Image View Dialogue". Click on "OK" and click on an empty area of the menu window.
- Test the menu window (instructions above)
- Insert a second menu.
- Click-and-hold on Submenu on the Object Menu, then drag it to an open space on the menu window. Let go of the house button.
- A dialogue will open requesting a name for the new menu page. Name it "Page 2" and click on "OK" to close the window.
- In the workspace, a second window opens with two buttons.
The "Start Page" button opens page 1 and the "Close" button closes the menu.
Likewise, a new button has been added to page 1 which reads "Page 2". You can
switch between the pages in the Creator by clicking on the "Start Page"
and "Page 2" tabs.
- Test the menu window (instructions above)
Click on "Page 2" in the menu window, and the page 2 will appear. Now click
on "Start Page" and the first menu window will appear.