The default workspace layout for Big Hammer Deck Design consists of the following main areas:

  • Top:  Contains the Mini-toolbar, Ribbon Menus and Design Button, which are used to access deck design tools and options.
  • Mini-toolbar:  Provides access to Save (Ctrl + S), Undo (Ctrl + Z) and Redo (Ctrl + Y) functions.
  • Design Button:  Provides access to commands for saving, printing and managing deck design projects.

  • New…:  Starts a new design session.
  • Open…:  Opens an existing design.
  • Save:  Saves the current design.
  • Save As…:  Saves the current design with a different filename.
  • File:  Displays the File menu, with the following options:
    • Rename:  Used for renaming an existing design.
    • Delete:  Used for deleting an existing design.
    • Open Project…:  Displays the Project Browser, to select a project from one of the pre-designed projects.
    • Save Project…:  Allows a deck design to be accessed from the Project Browser.
    • Import File:  Only available in Professional versions.
    • Export File:  Only available in Professional versions.
  • Print:  Displays the Print menu, with the following options:
    • Print All:  Allows printing of all pages that have been selected in Setup Print All.
    • Setup Print All…:  Allows the selection of pages that will be printed when Print All is chosen.
    • Preview All:  Allows the viewing of pages that have been selected in Setup Print All.
  • Close:  Starts a new design session.
  • Help:  Displays online help.
  • About:  Displays the About dialog which contains information about the program version and copyright information.
  • Ribbon Menus:  The ribbon menus provide shortcuts to common tasks performed while creating a project. The content of the ribbon menus will change depending on the active view, as well as the design elements that are currently in use within the project.  Button names and basic information about functionality for a button can be displayed by placing the mouse pointer over the button.
  • Workspace Panes:  Up to four (4) workspace panes can be displayed, providing different views of the design while it is being created.  The workspace is set up using the Views ribbon menu.
  • Status Bar:  The status bar at the bottom of the window displays information regarding the status of the program as well as information for the active workspace pane.