Getting Started Guide > About the Interface

Interface

When you start Storyboard Pro for the first time, the default workspace is displayed. It contains all of the main elements you need for storyboarding.

Stage View

You can use the Stage view or the Camera view to place your camera.

In the Stage view, the perspective is from a fixed point in space, as if standing on the stage looking at the various elements. As you add your keyframes and change the focus and rotation of the camera, you can see how the camera changes over time.

Thumbnails View

The Thumbnails view displays all the panels in your project in chronological order. Using this view, you can navigate through your storyboard, rearrange panels and scenes, and select a panel to display in the Stage view.

Panel View

The Panel view displays the different captions related to the current panel, the in, out and duration, and lets you play any voice annotations related to the panel.

 

Storyboard View

The Storyboard view is where you import or type the script. It also displays valuable information about your storyboard project. The Storyboard view is divided into two areas: Project information and Script caption.

Tool Properties View

The Tool Properties view contains the most common options and operations related to the currently selected tool. As soon as you select a tool from the Tools toolbar, the Tool Properties view updates to display its properties.

Tools Toolbar

The Tools toolbar contains all the main tools you need to work in Storyboard Pro. In the default workspace, this toolbar located on the left-most side of the interface. A small triangle at the lower-right corner of a tool indicates additional tools under the main tool. To access these tools, hold down the left mouse button until the additional tools appear, then select one.

Storyboard Toolbar

The Storyboard toolbar contains all of the basic commands related to adding and deleting panels, scenes, and transitions, as well as switching between the 2D and 3D workspaces. In the default workspace, this toolbar is located at the top of the interface.

Playback Toolbar

The Playback toolbar lets you play back your storyboard. When you create an animatic with transitions and sound, you can play it back in real time in the Stage view to check the timing. In the default workspace, this toolbar is located at the top of the interface.

Top Menu

The top menus contains most of the commands. Depending on the view you're working in and the element, some commands are available and others not. The top menu is always located at the very top of the interface.

Navigating the Interface

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro lets you zoom in, zoom out, rotate, pan and reset views for easy navigation of the interface.

The navigation commands in the table below can be used in the following views, with some exceptions:

  • Stage
  • Camera
  • Timeline
  • Function Editor
  • Side and Top
Command Action Access Methods

Zoom In

Zooms in the view.

View > Zoom In

Press 2

Roll the mouse wheel up (except in the Timeline view)

Zoom Out

Zooms out the view.

View > Zoom Out

Press 1

Roll the mouse wheel down (except in the Timeline view)

Zoom In or Out

Zooms in or out of the view.

Roll the middle mouse button up or down.

Hold down the Spacebar and the middle mouse button while dragging the mouse up or down.

Pan

Moves the view horizontally or vertically.

Hold down the Spacebar and drag in the direction you want to pan the view.

Reset Pan

Resets the view’s pan to its default position.

View > Reset Pan

Press Shift + N

Reset View

Resets the view to its default position.

View > Reset View

Press Shift + M

Reset Rotation

Resets the view’s rotation to its default position.

View > Reset Rotation

Press Shift + X

Reset Zoom

Resets the view’s zoom to its default position.

View > Reset Zoom

Press Shift + Z

Rotate View Rotates the view. Press Ctrl + Alt (Windows/Linux) or Ctrl + ⌘ (macOS) and drag in the direction you want to rotate the view.

Rotate 30 CW

Rotates the Camera view 30 degrees clockwise, like an animation table.

View > Rotate View CW

Rotate 30 CCW

Rotates the Camera view 30 degrees counter-clockwise, like an animation table.

View > Rotate View CCW

Toggle Full Screen

Toggles between making the main application window full screen and restoring it to its original size.

View > Toggle Full Screen

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F (Windows) or ⌘ + Alt + Shift + F (Mac OS X)