Making Connections

Making connections involves displaying the correct sources and then linking them to the targets. While the Connections tab provides a complete list of all possible connections between your project’s elements, many of these connections can also be configured using other methods.

Connections can be made in a number of Inspectors, including those for menus, buttons, tracks, slideshows, and the disc. For example, in the Button Inspector, you can set the target for a button. Additionally, you can set connections to buttons in the Menu and Subtitle Editors.

See Source Details for a complete list of all sources and their alternative linking methods. See Target Details for a complete list of all targets.

Changing the Displayed Sources

There are three groups of sources you can see in the source list: basic, standard, and advanced. The most fundamental jumps for the selected element are shown in Basic source view. The most commonly used jumps are shown in the Standard source list. The Advanced list shows all possible jumps for the selected element.

To change the sources displayed
  1. Select the element you want to work with in the Outline or Graphical tab. For a global view of all the sources, select the disc in the Outline tab, or click an empty area in the Graphical tab.

  2. Choose Basic, Standard, or Advanced from the View pop-up menu located just above the source list.

Figure. Upper-left part of the Connections tab showing the View pop-up menu for selecting the connection detail level to show.

You can also display all sources, only sources with connections, or only sources without connections, using the second View pop-up menu.

Figure. Upper-left part of the Connections tab showing the connection status selection pop-up menu.

Establishing Connections in the Connections Tab

There are several methods you can use to establish connections in the Connections tab: dragging targets to the sources, using shortcut menus, and using keyboard shortcuts.

To establish a connection in the Connections tab
  1. Determine the source to which you want to assign a target.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Locate the item you want to link to in the Targets column on the right, and drag it to the source on the left. A black box surrounds the selected source, making it clear that you are linking to the correct one.

      Figure. Connections tab showing a target being dragged to a source.

      If you drag a target that is not supported by the source, the black box does not appear.

    • Hold down the Control key and click in the Target column next to the source for which you want to create a link. Choose a target from the shortcut menu.

      Figure. Connections tab showing the target selection shortcut menu.
    • Click to select a source and a target, then click the Connect button at the top of the Connections tab.

You can change an existing connection using these same methods.

To establish connections using keyboard shortcuts
  1. Press the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to scroll through the currently active list (sources or targets) until you select the element you want to connect.

  2. Press the Control key while using the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to scroll through the other list until you highlight the entry you want to connect.

  3. Press Return to make the connection.

If you select a source that already has a connection, pressing Return disconnects it. You can also press the Option key while using the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to jump to the top or bottom of the list.

If you want to connect to an element in the Targets list, you need to already have its disclosure triangle set to show the element’s contents.

To delete a connection
  1. Press the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to scroll through the currently active list (sources or targets) until you select the element you want to connect.

  2. Press the Delete key.