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iScreensaver Designer Guided Tour

iScreensaver Designer, Customizing Information :

Control Panel

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The Control Panel allows you to give your screensaver some personality - a name, a graphic image, some descriptive text, and a website that users can click on to reach your site. Plus it customizes all the features of the users' Control Panel in a 'What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get' format. Change the 'Preview as :' to see how your screensaver control panel will look under Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Make sure to test out the smaller tabs for more changeable options and settings.

Help for this section:

Basic Customization :

  • Preview as... : Change the WYSIWYG look to any of the supported iScreensaver platforms.
  • Title : Click 'Edit' to change the Control Panel title of the screensaver.
    You can also click on the actual text to edit it.
  • Picture : This is the Splash screen picture for your iScreensaver. It is recommended to create your splash screen at 392x120 pixels, and to save it using the JPEG format, though any acceptable QuickTime still image format would work. If you use a file that is a different size, it will be automatically resized to fit 392x120 pixels and saved as a JPEG file.
    Click and hold on 'Edit' to access the pop-up menu:
    Click 'Select...' to open the File Browser to choose an image file.
    Click 'Reset' to restore the default iScreensaver splash file.
Additional Customization :
Other settings can be modified on the smaller tab-panels. Click either 'Info' or 'Help' to change these settings.
  • Information : Enter a description of the content of your screensaver in this text field. Since one aspect of cross-platform application creation is that the system fonts used on the varying platforms do not use exactly the leading and kerning, please see our examples to view the differences between Windows and Macintosh system fonts. If you are using Deluxe Content, when the module is unlocked, this text will be replaced by the text entered on the 'Alternative' tab panel.
  • Web Site : Users can click on this link that can take them to whatever web page you'd like them to visit, with the page opening within an external web browser. You do not have to show the URL to your web page, but can have some nice descriptive text instead.
    Click and hold on 'Edit' to access the pop-up menu:
    Click 'Edit Text' to change the description that appears on-screen.
    Click 'Edit URL' to change the URL of the actual page that is opened in the user's external web browser.
    Click 'Test Link' to check the URL in your external web browser.
  • More Content : If you use an Alternate content file, this button will appear on the user's Control Panel. When the user clicks the button in the screensaver control panel, it will bring up the Unlock Dialog where they can enter your secret Unlock Code and replace the original screensaver with your special alternative one. You must purchase an 'Unlimited' Registration Code to use alternative content.

Make sure to click on the 'Help' tab for more changeable options and settings.