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Basic Layout and Function of AllWebMenus

This section of the tutorial will go over the basic operation and location of tools and functions that you will need to know in order to work with the AWM software. It is not an extensive or all inclusive tutorial. It covers just the basic operation of the software and the sequence that tasks must be performed in order for AWM to work with the NetObjects Fusion product.

For more in-depth explanation of how the AWM program works, visit the Likno web site Knowledge Base

Select a Theme from the list of stock themes or you can create one

When AWM starts you will see a default stock menu outline. You can modify this default menu or start a new blank menu. To show the functions of AWM in this tutorial we will start a new blank menu by clicking the New Icon (the first one on the left). If you have previously created a menu you can open it by selecting the File menu option and you will see previous menu project files in the drop down.

Select a Theme from the list of stock themes or you can create one

When you start a new menu the first thing you are presented with is the Theme Selection dialog box. AWM comes with a selection of stock themes for you to choose from. You can preview what they will look like by clicking on any of them and the preview will open. You can create your own theme if none of the stock ones fit with your site projects style. For the purpose of this tutorial we will select the default theme. Once you become familiar with AWM you can bypass this screen by un-checking the Launch option at the bottom of the dialog box

AWM Program Layout

At the top of the AWM GUI you will find a Menu Bar which contains sub menus. Below that is a Tool Bar containing icons that perform the basic program functions.

AWM Menu Bar and Tool Icon Bar

Below the menu bar and icon bar is your work area which has 2 windows. On the left is the Menu Structure window and on the right is the Properties window. The Properties window will change and display different functions and options depending on what you have selected in the Menu Structure window. Different Tool Icons will enable and disable depending on what you select in the Menu Structure window.

AWM Menu Structure and Properties Area

Clicking on a Menu Group or Submenu Group the Properties window will show you all of the options that can be applied to any menu or submenu residing in that group. You can find out what all of these options do by selecting Help from the menu bar and looking at the help contents.

We need to touch briefly on the Menu Groups concept. The Main Menu Group contains your default primary menu structure. Menu items contained with a Main Menu Group will be shown as your level 1 menu and will be displayed on your web pages as your "Menu Bar" when a page loads. Submenu Groups will contain fly out menu options. Placing a Submenu Group under a Main Menu Item will create a flyout menu when you hover over that primary menu choice. You can have multiple Submenu groups which will create multiple flyout menus drilling down to any depth you wish (I.E. flyouts can contain flyouts which can contain more flyouts). The Main Menu Group and Submenu Group are place holders used by AWM to help organize the menu structure and are NOT generated nor shown in the created menu bar. Menu Groups are identified by orange icons Menu Group Icon. Menu Items (which are the actual menu buttons) are identified by blue icons Menu Items Icon. Our focus in the following pages of this tutorial will be on the Menu Items

Setting Menu Positioning

Click this button to set menu positioning

Just above the work area you will find Click this button to set menu positioning

Click on that button to bring up the Menu Positioning window.

On the menu positioning window, select Relative to an Element (the center tab). You can keep the default element anchor name or you can change it to something else if you would like. There is no reason to change the default anchor name.

Do not change the Automatically Show Menu On Page Load default setting as you wish your menu to display every time a page is drawn.

Do not change any of the anchor positioning nor any of the off set numbers, leave these as they are defaulted. To close the Menu Positioning window click anywhere on the AWM program.

Setting Vertical or Horizontal Menu Display

Set whether your menu displays horizontaly or verticaly

Click the Style Editor tab. Then double click within the input box on the Type row. Select the display orientation of your menu in the properties palette that will apear. Set you spacing and other menu display options on this palette

Setting Site Root and AWM Folders

AllWebMenus needs to know where your web site is stored on your computer. It uses root relative notation in the menu structure for web site navigation so it needs to know where your site root is located so that it can write the proper link reference for each menu item. By default NetObjects Fusion stores your published web site in a folder called Local Publish. The Local Publish folder is your Site Root. If you do not know where your Local Publish folder is located, go over the gotFusion where Fusion stores your local web site tutorial.

Select Project Properties from the Tools Menu Option

To set Site Root and change the default storage folders in AWM, from the Menu Bar select the Tools menu then from the drop down select Project Properties.

Select Folders from the Compile Properties list.

In the Site_Root area, click the Edit link and navigate to your Local Publish folder, select it, then press OK to set Local Publish as site root in AWM.

You can change the default name for the menu.js file by selecting Custom under the Compiled Menu Name. There is no need to change this unless the name conflicts with another file and as long as AWM is the only menu you are using there will be no naming conflicts.

By default AWM will place the menu.js file in site root. It will place the js library files in a folder called awmdata. Any images used by the menu will be placed in a folder called awmdata/menu. You can change these default locations by clicking the Edit link at the end of each storage location option. There is no reason to change this default location but you can if you wish. If you do change the storage location for any of the files used by AWM, any new folder MUST be located within your Local Publish folder.

Set up Site Root and other storage folder locations

Save your AllWebMenus Site Project

Select File Save As

Once you have all settings filled in, it is time to save the AWM menu project on your computer

From the Menu bar select File then from the drop down select Save As

Navigate to your NetObjects Fusion User Sites folder and save your AWM site project in the Site Name of the NetObjects Fusion project that it is being used with. Saving the AWM project file in the same folder as the NetO NOD file will make locating it easier in the future. If you decide to keep your AWM menu project file in another location make a note of where it is stored. If you cannot find your AWM menu project again you will have to start all over and rebuilt your menu structure from scratch.

Save the AWM project file in the same folder as your NOD file

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