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2.3. Flaps, tabs, and palettes

The flaps hold most of Sophie’s functionality that you can’t get at through the halos and HUDs. Each flap has tabs in it; each tab has palettes. You can switch tabs by clicking on the tab name. By dragging the edges, you can change how big the tabs and palettes are. This diagram shows where the flaps, tabs, and palettes are in Sophie's interface:

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The left flap is generally concerned with the structure of your book.

The right flap generally contains content that can be used to make books.

The left flap

The left flap has tabs called Timelines, Books, Pages, Tools, and Config. The books tabs lists all open books; the tools tab holds a non-functional search window. The config tab contains a list of all the plugins currently installed in Sophie; if you select one, the palette below explains what that plugin does:

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The right flap

The right flap has tabs called Library, Resources, Styles, and Annotations. The Library and Styles tab don't function in this release of Sophie. The Annotations tab allows the creation of stickies; these are not fully functional, and importing annotations does not work. The Resources palette in the Resources tab lists all the resources in the selected book. The palette below, entitled Book Extras, does not currently function.

Working with flaps

If you drag the innermost edge (the right edge of the left flap, or the left edge of the right flap), you can change the width of the flap. This may resize the book desktop and the other flap. A flap has two buttons in its upper right corner:

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The minimize button hides the flap. When the left flap is minimized, it looks like this:

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Double-click the title of the flap to unminimize it.

The other button is the detach button. Clicking this detaches the flap so that it becomes its own window:

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You can do the same thing by dragging the flap's title bar somewhere else in Sophie. Click the attach button in the upper right to re-attach the flap to where it was before.

Working with tabs

Tabs behave like flaps. Next to each tab's title is an X icon; this doesn't function right now. If you drag a tab out by its title, it becomes detached:

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Click the attach button in the upper right to re-attach the tab to where it was before.

Working with palettes

Palettes work much like flaps. A palette has two buttons in its upper right corner:

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The minimize button hides the palette. Minimized palettes look exactly like minimized flaps:

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Double-click the title of a minimized palette or flap to unminimize it.

The other button is the detach button. Clicking this detaches the palette so that it becomes its own window:

source:/trunk/sophie2-platform/doc/userdoc-images/RELEASE_3/PaletteDetached.png

You can do the same thing by dragging the palette's title bar somewhere else in Sophie. Click the attach button in the upper right to re-attach the palette where it was before.