Working with the Quadrants

The main DVD Studio Pro interface can contain from one to four quadrants. Each quadrant contains one or more tabs that contain controls for specific functions. You have great flexibility in customizing what is displayed in each quadrant and how it’s displayed.

If you choose the basic configuration, one quadrant appears. With the extended configuration, three quadrants appear. See Adding Quadrants to the Basic and Extended Configurations for details on working with the basic and extended configurations.

You can adjust each quadrant’s size by dragging its borders, or adjust the size of all four quadrants at once by dragging the point where they intersect. You can “close” a quadrant by dragging its inside edge to the DVD Studio Pro interface edge.

Resizing the Quadrants

You can resize the quadrants in pairs, either horizontally or vertically, or resize them all at once. When all four quadrants are displayed, making individual horizontal or vertical adjustments affects all four quadrants. For example, dragging the horizontal boundary up causes both lower quadrants to get bigger, while both upper quadrants get smaller.

The pointer changes its shape when it is at a quadrant boundary, indicating that you can drag it from there.

You can also quickly make the current quadrant expand to full window.

To make the current quadrant full window
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Window > Expand [tab name]. The currently active tab’s name is shown, and its quadrant is the one that becomes full window.

  • Press Shift-Space bar.

  • Press Command-Option-Grave Accent (`, on the same key as the tilde).

In all cases, you can use these same methods to restore the quadrant to its normal size.

Note: If you perform a function that requires a different tab to appear, the quadrant is automatically restored to its normal size.

To resize the quadrants manually
Do one of the following:
  • To change only the heights of the upper and lower quadrants, drag the boundary between the upper and lower halves up or down.

    Figure. Dragging the horizontal boundary to change the heights of the quadrants.
  • To change only the widths of the left and right quadrants, drag the boundary between the left and right halves left or right.

    Figure. Dragging the vertical boundary to change the widths of the quadrants.
  • To change both the heights and widths of the four quadrants, drag the point where they intersect.

    Figure. Dragging the quadrant intersection point to change the heights and widths of the quadrants all at once.
  • To split either the vertical or horizontal boundary, so that you can resize two quadrants while leaving the other two as they are, Option-drag the boundary you want to move. This creates two intersection points, each of which can be dragged as needed. To reconnect the split boundaries, drag one of them so that it aligns with the other, then release it. They are now reconnected and will move as a single boundary.

    Figure. Option-dragging a horizontal boundary to change the heights of two quadrants.

When a horizontal or vertical boundary gets close to an edge of the user interface, the boundary snaps to that edge, instantly hiding the smaller quadrant. This makes it easy to quickly display only one or two of the quadrants. You can display the hidden quadrants by dragging the edge back toward the center of the window.

Adding Quadrants to the Basic and Extended Configurations

There are two ways to add quadrants to the basic and extended configurations: Choose a different configuration or drag their edges in toward the center.

The basic configuration is actually just the upper-right quadrant with its left and bottom boundaries dragged to the edges of the interface. To add a quadrant to the left half of the interface, drag the left edge toward the center. To add a quadrant to the bottom half, drag the bottom edge toward the center.

The extended configuration has the lower-left quadrant hidden. To add it, drag the lower-left edge toward the center.