Dragging Windows

This section will explain how to rearrange editors and views to customize the layout of the main CityEngine window.

Drop cursors indicate where it is possible to dock views in the CityEngine main window. Several different drop cursors may be displayed when rearranging views.

Dock above: If the mouse button is released when a dock above cursor is displayed, the view will appear above the view underneath the cursor.
Dock below: If the mouse button is released when a dock below cursor is displayed, the view will appear below the view underneath the cursor.
Dock to the right: If the mouse button is released when a dock to the right cursor is displayed, the view will appear to the right of the view underneath the cursor.
Dock to the left: If the mouse button is released when a dock to the left cursor is displayed, the view will appear to the left of the view underneath the cursor.
Stack: If the mouse button is released when a stack cursor is displayed, the view will appear as a tab in the same pane as the view underneath the cursor.
Restricted: If the mouse button is released when a restricted cursor is displayed, the view will not dock there. For example, a view cannot be docked in the editor area.

In order to change the position of a 3D viewport (or any other) view click in the title bar of the 3D viewport and drag the view across the CityEngine main window. Do not release the mouse button yet.

While still dragging the view around on top of the CityEngine main window, note that various drop cursors appear. These drop cursors (see above) indicate where the view will dock in relation to the view or editor area underneath the cursor when the mouse button is released. Notice also that a rectangular highlight is drawn that provides additional feedback on where the view will dock.

Dock the view in any position in the CityEngine main window, and view the results of this action.

Click and drag the view's title bar to re-dock the view in another position in the CityEngine main window. Observe the results of this action.

Click and drag the view's title bar outside the CityEngine main window. Notice that it becomes a "Detached" window (floating on the desktop).

Finally, drag the 3D viewport over another view. A stack cursor will be displayed. If the mouse button is released the 3D viewport will be stacked with the other view into a tabbed window.

The Workbench allows for the creation of two or more sets of editors in the editor area. The editor area can also be resized but views cannot be dragged into the editor area.

Open at least two editors in the editor area by double-clicking editable files in the Navigator.

Still holding down the mouse button, drag the editor over the editor area and move the cursor along all four edges as well as in the middle of the editor area, on top of another open editor. Notice that along the edges of the editor area the directional arrow drop cursors appear, and in the middle of the editor area the stack drop cursor appears.

Dock the editor on a directional arrow drop cursor so that two editors appear in the editor area.

Notice that each editor can also be resized as well as the entire editor area to accommodate the editors and views as necessary.

It is important to observe the color of an editor tab :

Drag and dock the editor somewhere else in the editor area, noting the behavior that results from docking on each kind of drop cursor. Continue to experiment with docking and resizing editors and views until the CityEngine window layout has been arranged to satisfaction.

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