The Fuga Interface

Fuga introduces three new panels to InDesign, in addition to adding new InDesign main menu items.

Fuga in the InDesign Menu

Fuga adds additional options to the Window menu through which you can access the Fuga Panels.

In addition, Fuga adds Super Group options to the Object menu.

Fuga Panels

The Fuga Hangar

A. List of Flows B. Flow Tools

The hangar panel is where Flows are created and managed. You can find the Fuga Hangar panel under Window > Fuga Hangar.

  • A. List of Flows – Lists each Flow. Double click on the flow to get the Flow Options panel (D) where you can rename flows and add a description.
  • B. Flow Tools -
    • Trash: Deletes the selected flow.
    • New Button: Create a new flow, which will be inside a folder if that folder is selected.
    • Folder Button: Creates a new flow folder. This folder can be opened and closed using the triangle on the left side of it. You can drag flows in and out of this folder after it’s created.
    • Run Button: Performs the flow at full speed.

C. The Fuga Hangar Panel Menu

  • C. Fuga Hangar Panel Menu -
    • Run: Performs the flow at full speed.
    • Play: Performs the flow step by step on the screen slowly so you can see what each action is doing.
    • Stop: Stops the flow while playing.
    • Unlock: Removes the watermark from pages. Only use this when the document is ready to export for printing, as it takes credits off your account.
    • Import Flows: Imports all the flows from another InDesign document.
    • Update Flows: Updates flows from older versions of Fuga.
    • Flow Options: Opens up the flow options panel (D). You can also double click on the flow name to open this panel.

    D. The Flow Options panel.

  • D. Flow Options Panel
    • Name: Names or renames the flow.
    • Description: Add or edit a flow description. A tool-tip with the description appears when the flow name is hovered over in the list of flows.

The Object Panel

A. General Object Options B. Super Group Resizing Parameters

The Fuga Object panel is where you manage an object’s Fuga settings. You can find the Fuga Object panel under Window > Fuga Object.

  • A. General Object Options -
    • Name field: Where you can view and assign objects names. For more on naming, see the article Naming and Selection.
    • Parent drop-down: Where you can view and assign an object to a parent Super Group. You can also remove objects from their parent Super Group by selecting the No Parent option.
  • B. Super Group Resizing Parameters – These parameters specify how objects within Super Groups react when resized. For more information, see the article Super Groups.
    • Lock Top/Right/Bottom/Left: Tells Fuga to maintain the top, right, bottom and/or left margins when the Super Group is resized.
    • Scale Proportionally/Lock Vertical/Lock Horizontal/Fixed Size: Tells Fuga how the object should scale when the Super Group is resized.

C. Fuga Object Panel Menu

  • C. Fuga Object Panel Menu – For more on these options see the article on Super Groups.

Fuga Workshop Panel

A. The Flow B. Fuga Actions Categories C. Search D. Play Controls E. Action Parameters F. Variables List

The Fuga Workshop panel is where you work on or view flows. For more on flows and the workshop, see the article An Introduction to Flows.

  • A. The Flow – A list of actions that are performed on your document. You can edit actions by clicking on them here, move them around by dragging them, duplicate them by alt-dragging them, and select multiple actions by shift or command/control clicking them. Things you’ll find inside the flow include:
    • The Begin action: The starting point for the flow. This action is always part of the flow, and can not be moved or deleted.
    • Other actions: Other actions that are part of the flow.
      • Nested actions: Sometimes actions are nested within each other. For example, the If action performs the actions nested within it if a certain condition is met.
      • Action suffix: Sometimes actions have extra text added to the end of their names so you can tell what they’re doing. This is added using the ! tab for the action in the Action Parameters area.
    • The red dot: An indicator of which action the flow is about to perform.
    • A white dot: An indicator of a break point (a point where the flow pauses by itself while playing).
    • x: Deletes the action. Appears when an action is selected.
    • The white circle: A white circle on the left side of actions indicates a break point, which means that the flow will pause after this action while playing or running the flow. This is added using the ! tab for the action in the Action Parameters area.
  • B. Actions Categories – Menus with lists of actions which can be inserted into the flow by clicking on them.
  • C. Search – Click to search for something in an action’s parameters.
  • D. Play Controls -
    • Stop: Stops the flow and moves the cursor back to the Begin action.
    • Step: Steps one action forward at a time. When playing the flow you can also press step to pause the flow.
    • Play: Moves through all the actions in the flow automatically one by one.
  • E. Action Parameters – Options for each action. An actions parameters are displayed when it’s manually selected in the flow, about to be performed, or first put into the flow.
    • Action’s tabs: Each action has its own tab/tabs. Remember that an actions parameters are often times on more than one tab, however typically the most important ones are on the first tab.
    • ? tab: The help tab, with a short description of the action and a link to a more in depth description. This tab is present for every action.
    • ! tab: The remark tab. Use this tab to write information about what the action does among other things See the Remark action for a complete list of parameters. This tab is present for every action.
  • F. Variables List – Where you create and manage your variables.
    • Variables column: Create a new variable and give it a name by single clicking in this column. You can also delete variables by clicking the x that appears when you hover over the variable name.
    • Value column: Set the default value of the variable (optional), and displays the value of the variable at any point while the flow is being performed.
    • Type column: Specify the content type for the variable. A variable can be a string, number, or date. For more information, see the article on Content Types.
    • Description column: Provide a description of the variable (optional).

G. Actions Cateory Menu

  • G. Actions Category Menu – Lists of actions that can be inserted into the flow by clicking on them.

H. The Workshop Panel Menu

  • H. Workshop Panel Menu – Additional tools for working with flows.
    • Copy Selected Actions/Paste Actions: Allows you to move actions from one flow to another.
    • Preferences: In the Preferences panel, under Exceptions tab, you can specify whether or not to show errors, warnings, and info, and under the license tab you can insert your account log-in information for unlocking pages.

Versions Panel

A. List Of Versions B. Versions Tools

The Versions panel is where you edit and view different versions in the document.

  • A. List Of Versions – All the versions in the current document. For more on these options, see the article Versions.
    • BASE: The root level version of the document. The objects on it are on every version of the document
    • Additional Versions: Each other version can have it’s own children. Levels in the hierarchy are indicated by an increased indent.
  • B. Versions Tools -
    • Delete: Deletes the version. Only versions without children can be deleted.
    • New: Creates a new child version of the selected version.

C. The Versions Panel Menu

  • C. The Versions Panel Menu – For more on these options, see the article on Versions.

 

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