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Chapter 25. Interface Extensions > Extending Floating Panels

Extending Floating Panels

You can use floating panels to set properties for document elements similar to the way you use Property inspectors. However, floating panels differ from Property inspectors in two main aspects. They do not have restrictions on size and layout as Property inspectors do. In addition, they need to be called explicitly, unlike Property inspectors, which get invoked automatically when placed in the Inspectors folder of the Configurations folder.

You can create custom floating panels if you want to add more room and flexibility to an interface that is used to set the properties of document elements. You can incorporate the same features of a Property inspector in a floating panel and add more features and functionality to the floating panel. For example, if your custom Property inspector lets you set only certain attributes for an object, you can use a floating panel that has more space to allow you to set more attributes for the same object.


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