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SketchFlow workspace in Blend

Most of the SketchFlow workspace is the same as the Blend for Visual Studio workspace. In addition to the default Blend tools, the SketchFlow workspace includes three panels that are not available in a regular Blend project.

For more information about the Blend workspace, see Tour of the Blend Workspace.

You can also create a custom workspace for SketchFlow projects.

Custom SketchFlow workspace
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SketchFlow Feedback panel   You can view feedback that has been left for a prototype in the SketchFlow Feedback panel. Text feedback appears directly in the panel. You can view multiple feedback files, and switch between feedback files in the SketchFlow Feedback panel drop-down list.

For more information about viewing feedback in the SketchFlow Feedback panel, see Leave feedback for a prototype in Blend SketchFlow.

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SketchFlow Animation panel   By using the SketchFlow Animation panel, you can easily create an animation that represents interactive elements on a screen. SketchFlow animations make it quick and easy to create a simple flipbook-style animation sequence without your having to use the keyframe animation tools that are available in Blend. You can also use animation to display different visual states of a particular element or represent the interaction with the elements on the screen.

For more information about creating SketchFlow animations, see Add interactivity in Blend SketchFlow.

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Artboard   The artboard gives you a view of individual screens on which you can draw by using any of the drawing tools in Blend, into which you can import images from Adobe Photoshop, and in which you can use the full range of controls available in Blend for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft Silverlight.

The artboard is not specific to SketchFlow projects. In addition to the Blend artboard, all other Blend tools, including the full range of Blend panels, are available when working in SketchFlow projects.

For more information about the artboard, see Create content on the artboard in Blend SketchFlow.

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SketchFlow Map panel   The SketchFlow Map panel is a visual representation of the application flow. You can use the SketchFlow map to create the navigation for your prototype, beginning with the first screen, and following the user interaction to the final action.

For more information, see Create an application flow in Blend SketchFlow.

You can easily optimize your workspace for SketchFlow projects, and then save the view of your optimized workspace.

When you first open Blend for Visual Studio, you see the default workspace. You can simplify the workspace by closing the panels that you don't use during the prototyping process, and then saving that view as a custom workspace.

By saving your workspace as a custom workspace, you can access it quickly whenever you are working on a SketchFlow project.

To save a customized view of your SketchFlow workspace

  1. Create a new SketchFlow project.

  2. Press TAB or F4 to hide all the panels. The panels will collapse, leaving the panel names visible inside tabs along the edge of the workspace.

  3. Decide which panels you are most likely to use, such as the SketchFlow Map panel. Move your pointer over the tab of each panel that you want to keep open and, in the upper-right corner of the panel, click Turn Off AutoHide 7e26bd19-d158-42da-9be5-ea8ec42eea62. You can turn off AutoHide for additional panels later if you decide that you want them to be more available.

  4. On the Window menu, click Save as New Workspace. In the Save as New Workspace dialog box, in the Name box, type a name for your custom workspace (SketchFlow, for example), and then click OK.

You can now access your new workspace by clicking Window, pointing to Workspaces, and then clicking SketchFlow.

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