Project window and workspace

You can view and edit your BlackBerry® Composer project in the project window, which contains the canvas and the workspace. Each project has its own window. If you open multiple projects, the BlackBerry Composer opens multiple project windows.

The BlackBerry Composer project window contains the project workspace. The workspace includes the following elements:

Element

Description

canvas

The canvas represents the viewable area.

You can change the size and the background color of the canvas.

overscan area

The overscan area is the gray area around the canvas. Objects can enter and exit the canvas from the overscan area during an animation.

You can use the overscan area to store objects for future use.

rulers

The rulers at the top and the left of the project workspace provide measurements in pixels. The rulers indicate the vertical and horizontal position of the mouse pointer.

You can show or hide the rulers.

grid

The grid is an alignment tool that is represented by regularly-spaced horizontal and vertical lines. To assist with alignment, you can specify that objects auto-align to the grid. When you create or move objects, they automatically align to a line on the grid.

By default, the grid aligns at the upper-left corner of the project window . You can change the alignment of the grid.

You can show or hide the lines on the grid, change their color and spacing, and specify the auto-align option.

guides

Guides are alignment tools that you can add wherever you need them, by dragging them from the horizontal or vertical rulers. To assist with alignment, you can specify that objects auto-align to the guides. When you create or move objects, they automatically align to a guide.

You can show or hide the guides, select the auto-align option, or lock the guides to prevent you from accidentally moving them.

limits

The limits are lines that show the edges of the canvas. You can use the limits to resize the canvas by dragging them to the appropriate size.

You can show or hide the limits, or lock them to prevent you from accidentally moving them.

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