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Introduction to the Design Palette

The Design palette contains all the tools and subroutines available for building handlers. The Design palette is divided into two pages, one containing all the available tools, and one containing all available subroutines.

You can reposition the Design palette as desired by clicking on its title bar and dragging and dropping it in the desired location. You can resize the palette by clicking on a corner and dragging. And, you can close the Design palette by clicking the Close button on its title bar. To make the palette visible again after it has been closed, click Design palette on the View menu.

The Tools Page

The Tools page contains all of the tools available for building handlers. Each tab on the tool page contains a group of related tools. For example, the Database tab displays all tools for opening, closing, and accessing databases.

Note: You can configure which tools appear on the Tools page of the Design palette by modifying the file DesignerRegisteredTools.lst. This ASCII file contains a list of the .DLL files that define the tools. Placing a '#' sign in front of one of the .DLLs will cause that group of tools to not appear on the Tools page. When Interaction Designer starts, it first looks for DesignerRegisteredTools.lst in the current Interaction Designer directory and then in the system path. The first DesignerRegisteredTools.lst file found is the one that is used.

If you open a handler that contains a tool that is not loaded in Interaction Designer, that tool appears in the handler without an icon. That tool can be configured normally and will compile normally when you publish the handler.

The Subroutines Page

The Subroutines page contains all of the tools for calling subroutines in handlers. Each tab on the Subroutines page contains a group of related subroutine tools. The groupings and labels for the subroutine tools are created when subroutines are published. You can create a new subroutine category and a new subroutine tool when you publish a subroutine. Once a subroutine has been published, its tool will appear in the Subroutines page.

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Drag a tool from the Tools page of the Design palette to create a step