Working with the Compressor Windows

While the standard and batch workflow layouts present the Compressor interface as a single large element, it is actually composed of a number of individual windows that can be positioned and sized to best suit your needs.

Why Are Some Windows Covered Up?

Because the Compressor interface is made up of individual windows, you may find that when you switch from Compressor to another application and then switch back to Compressor by clicking one of its windows, only that window appears, with the others remaining covered by other windows you might have open.

To bring all Compressor windows to the front
Do one of the following:
  • When switching between applications, take advantage of the built-in application switching feature of Mac OS X. Press Command-Tab to have an application selection dialog appear. As you hold down the Command key, you can press the Tab key to cycle through the currently running applications, releasing the Command key once the Compressor icon is selected. This ensures that all the Compressor windows are visible.

  • Choose Window > Bring All to Front.

  • Click the Compressor application icon in the Dock.

Note: The Compressor toolbar, located along the top of the Batch window, makes it easy to navigate to the main Compressor windows and to Batch Monitor.

Resizing the Compressor Windows

All the Compressor windows can be resized with the exception of the Inspector window, which has a fixed size.

Each window has a minimum size limit, both horizontally and vertically, that affects how small you can make the window.

To resize a window
  • Drag the window’s lower-right corner to stretch or compress the window horizontally or vertically.

    Figure. History window.

    Note: As you reposition or resize a window, it will snap to a nearby window once you get close to it. This makes it easy to create a neat layout without gaps or overlaps.

About the Tabs

The Batch window and the Settings and Destinations tab window can have multiple tabs.

  • The Batch window: When you are working with a large monitor and have several batches open, you might want to be able to see each of them in its own window.
  • The Settings and Destinations tabs: By default, the Settings tab and the Destinations tab are located in the same window. You can choose to have each in its own window or to close one of the tabs. You can even choose to add any of the other windows (except the Batch window) as an additional tab to the window.

In both cases, you can also control the order of the tabs.

To move a tab to its own window by dragging
  1. Drag the tab out of its current location.

    Figure. Destination tab being separated from the Settings tab.
  2. Release the tab to have it appear in its own window.

    Figure. The Destination tab and the Settings tab as two separate windows.
To move a tab to its own window using a shortcut menu
  • Control-click the tab and choose Tear Off Tab from the shortcut menu.

    The tab opens in its own window.

To add a tab from one window to another window by dragging
  1. Drag the tab to the tab area of the window you want to add it to.

    A highlight appears around the tab area.

    Figure. Destination tab being dragged back to the window containing the Settings tab.
  2. Release the tab.

    It snaps to the tab area and its original window closes.

To add a tab from one window to another window by using a shortcut menu
  • Control-click the tab area where you want the window to appear, and choose the tab from the list that appears in the shortcut menu.

Note: This is the only method that allows you to add the History, Preview, or Inspector tabs to the window.

To change the order of the tabs in their current window
  • Drag the tab left or right to its new position.

    The other tabs move to make room for it.

Once you have the Compressor interface configured as you like it, you can save it as a layout. That makes it easy to restore the layout or to switch between it and other layouts. See Creating and Managing Compressor Layouts for more information.