Setting Up Your Workspace

You can choose from several ways to set up the Soundtrack Pro workspace to suit your display size and workflow, depending on the type of project you are creating. You can arrange, reorder, and detach tabs throughout Soundtrack Pro and add and reorder buttons in the Toolbar. You can show and hide different panes (areas) of the Soundtrack Pro window. You can also create layouts for different tasks and switch between them.

Basic Window Controls

You can move, resize, or minimize a project’s windows. Most windows feature tabs, which give you flexibility in arranging the visual elements of a project.

To move a window
  • Drag the window by its title bar to a new location.

To resize the Soundtrack Pro window
  • Drag the resize control in the lower-right corner of the window until the window is the desired size.

To minimize the Soundtrack Pro window to the Dock
  • Click the minimize button in the window’s title bar.

To close the Soundtrack Pro window
Do one of the following:
  • With the window active, choose File > Close (or press Command-W).

  • Click the window’s close button.

Using Tabs

Soundtrack Pro uses tabs so you can quickly access different project views and controls. You can switch between projects and between different tabs. Clicking the tab you want makes it active and brings it to the front. You can rearrange and reorder the tabs to easily access the ones you use frequently.

To reorder tabs
  • Drag a tab left or right in the window’s tab area.

    Figure. Reordering tabs.

You can also detach a tab from its docked position, which creates a separate resizable window for the tab that can be dragged or resized. For example, you can drag the Favorites tab to a new location so that you can easily move items from the Search tab to the Bin tab.

To detach a tab
  • Drag the tab out of its docked position in the window to create a separate window for the tab.

To attach (dock) a tab
  • Drag the tab to the top of any pane of the Soundtrack Pro window (except the top center project pane, which is reserved for the Timeline and the File Editor project view).

Using Project Layouts

Soundtrack Pro lets you save and recall preset window arrangements called layouts, so that you can optimize your workspace for different tasks and different display sizes. You can show, hide, and resize windows, then save each window arrangement as a layout.

To save a project layout
  1. Arrange the application windows as you want them to appear.

  2. Choose Window > Save Layout.

  3. In the Save dialog, type a name for the layout, then click Save.

The layout is saved and appears in the Layouts submenu.

Note: By default, layouts are saved to the location /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Soundtrack Pro/Layouts/. Do not change the location or Soundtrack Pro may not be able to find and use your saved layouts.

To switch to a saved project layout
  • Choose Window > Layouts, then choose the layout you want to use from the submenu.

To remove a saved layout
  1. Choose Window > Manage Layouts.

  2. In the Manage Layouts dialog, select the layout you want to remove.

  3. Click the Remove (-) button to remove the layout, then click Done.

Figure. Manage Layouts dialog.
To transfer a saved project layout file to another computer
  1. Locate the layout file in /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Soundtrack Pro/Layouts/.

  2. Transfer a copy of the file to the corresponding location in the second computer.

Customizing the Toolbar

The Toolbar at the top of the Soundtrack Pro window contains buttons for frequently used commands. You can customize the Toolbar, adding buttons for the actions you use most often; you can return to the default set at any time.

Figure. Multitrack File Editor window showing Toolbar.

The default set of Toolbar buttons includes buttons for:

  • Creating new projects

  • Opening project tabs

  • Adding markers

  • Other common commands

You can customize the Toolbar by including additional buttons for adding fade-ins and fade-outs, processing an audio file, playing the current project through a video output device, and other commands. You can also rearrange the Toolbar using set-width spaces, flexible spaces, and separators.

To customize the Toolbar
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose View > Customize Toolbar.

    • Control-click the Toolbar, then choose Customize Toolbar from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the Customize dialog that appears below the Toolbar, make the changes you want.

    Figure. Customize Toolbar dialog.
    • To add a button to the Toolbar: Drag a button from the Customize dialog to the Toolbar.

      If you drag a button between two existing buttons, the buttons move to make room for the new button.

    • To move a button in the Toolbar: Drag the button to a new location on the Toolbar.
    • To add space or a separator to the Toolbar: Drag a space, flexible space, or separator from the Customize dialog to the Toolbar.
  3. When you’re finished customizing the Toolbar, click Done in the Customize dialog.

To move a button in the Toolbar
  • Command-drag the button to a new location on the Toolbar.

To return the Toolbar to the default set of buttons
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose View > Customize Toolbar.

    • Control-click the Toolbar, then choose Customize Toolbar from the shortcut menu.

  2. Drag the default button set, located at the bottom of the Customize dialog, to the Toolbar.

You can also change the Toolbar so that it shows only icons or only text.

To show only icons in the Toolbar
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click the Toolbar, then choose Icon Only from the shortcut menu.

  • In the Customize dialog, choose Icon Only from the Show pop-up menu.

To show only text in the Toolbar
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click the Toolbar, then choose Text Only from the shortcut menu.

  • In the Customize dialog, choose Text Only from the Show pop-up menu.

To show both icons and text in the Toolbar
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click the Toolbar, then choose Icon & Text from the shortcut menu.

  • In the Customize dialog, choose Icon & Text from the Show pop-up menu.

You can also hide the Toolbar to maximize available screen space.

To hide the Toolbar
  • Choose View > Hide Toolbar.

    When the Toolbar is hidden, the menu item becomes Show Toolbar.