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Chapter 1. Director MX 2004 Basics > Introducing Panel Sets

Introducing Panel Sets

You've been using panels all along and probably didn't even know it. A panel is really just a window with a few special properties. Panels can be docked with other panels, and they can be expanded and collapsed. The Property inspector is a panel, as is the cast, the Stage, and other windows. A panel set represents the entire layout of Director's various panels. A panel set stores where each panel is located, what its size is, if it's docked or floating, and where it is docked.

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In the Windows version of Director, there are two docking channels in the interface, one on the left side and one on the right. The Tool palette, for instance, will be in the left docking channel while the Property inspector will be in the right docking channel. In the Macintosh version, there are no such docking channels, but panels can still be docked to one another to form columns of panels. The only real benefit to the docking channels in Windows is that the channels can be hidden and revealed by clicking the little arrow in the channel separator.



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