Using Full Screen Mode and Perform Mode

When you perform live, you can use either Full Screen mode or Perform mode, depending on which you prefer. Each mode offers some advantages for different performance situations.

Working in Full Screen Mode

In Full Screen mode, the MainStage workspace fills the entire screen, and screen controls appear at the maximum possible size for easy viewing. MainStage receives all keyboard input (so no other key commands, including Mac OS X key commands, are active). You can access the Master Mute and Panic functions and the Tuner using their key commands or if you have mapped screen controls to these functions.

To switch to Full Screen mode
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Full Screen (or press Command-4).

  • Click the Full Screen button in the toolbar.

To leave Full Screen mode
Do one of the following:
  • Press the Escape (Esc) key.

  • Click the circled “X” in the upper-left corner of the screen.

  • Use the key command for one of the other modes (Command-1 through Command-3).

Working in Perform Mode

In Perform mode, the workspace fills the MainStage window, but the toolbar is still visible so that you can access the Master Mute, Panic, Tuner, and other toolbar buttons. You can resize the MainStage window and can also change the size of the workspace inside the window using the zoom slider. You can access the Finder and other open applications by clicking outside the MainStage window.

To switch to Perform mode
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Perform (or press Command-3).

  • Click the Perform button in the toolbar.

By default, when you open MainStage, it opens in Edit mode. You can change the default behavior in the General pane of MainStage preferences so that it opens in Perform or Full Screen mode. For more information, see Setting MainStage Preferences.