The PalMate Menu

The main menu items from left to right are:

If you make a magazine and the HTML template editor is the active window, the PalMate main menu is replaced by the editor's menu which contains HTML formatting commands and menu items for inserting Palview magazine commands into the HTML source text. See The HTML Template Editor for further information.


Files

New Webpage

Opens a new webpage project. You can have as many open webpage projects as your computer's memory (RAM) is able to handle.

Close

Close the active webpage project. If you work on more than one webpage project, the active project is the one whose Project Window has got focus.

Save

Save the active webpage project.

Path To Palview

Use this to tell PalMate where to find the Palview.exe program.

Path To Palview Manual

Use this to tell PalMate where to find the Palview Manual. This can be either locally on your hard drive or via Internet on the Palview Pages.

Exit

Closes PalMate.


Styles

This menu will be visible once you have opened a webpage project. From here you can perform certain actions with PalMate Styles and stylesheets.

Save Style

Save the active style.

Save As New Style

Save the active style as a new style. The new style will take over as active style for the active webpage project.

Delete Style

Delete a style.

Edit Description

Edit the description of a style.

Use I-frame Stylesheet

Enabled when making a page with an iframe or multiple iframes. Iframes can have a separate stylesheet or they can inherit all properties from the page's stylesheet. Optional.

Copy I-frame Stylesheet

Copy active iframe stylesheet as a new stylesheet. The original stylesheet will remain the active iframe stylesheet.

Copy Crosstable Stylesheet

Copy active crosstable stylesheet as a new stylesheet. The original stylesheet will remain the active crosstable stylesheet.


View

Toolbar

Toggles the toolbar on/off.

Statusbar

Toggles the statusbar on/off.

Css Text Window

Shows/hides the Css Text Window. Enabled when there's an active webpage project.

Webpage Properties

Shows a list with the active project's properties. This is stuff like what files to upload (htm, css, images etc.), a copy of the Palview ini file and a copy of the stylesheet.

Preview Page

Preview the active webpage in the built in browser. Shortcut: F2

Preview without making game pages

Visible if you are making a magazine.
This works like the "Preview Page" above, but individual game pages will not be processed. A magazine can have links to many games, and if for instance you haven't added any new game links and only want to preview the magazine's layout, the processing will be much faster if you select this preview option.

Web Browser

Opens a window with the built in webbrowser (Microsoft© Internet Explorer 5.5, SP2).

Security Alert:
The purpose of this internal browser is to preview webpages created with Palview and - if you want - access the Palview Manual or the Palview Pages via the Internet. I do not know if the security features in the "real" Internet Explorer apply to Palmate's built in browser, so I recommend that you don't use it for any other purposes unless you are certain it is a safe site (your own for instance!).

Pgn Editor

Opens the pgn file in a text editor. The editor allows you to insert/change pgn tags with player information in one swift operation. If for instance you want a players ELO displayed, the editor will insert an ELO tag (e.g. [WhiteElo "2310"] or [BlackElo "2310"]) in all games with this particular player. Some special Palview commands (like e.g. {#} for a static diagram) must be inserted into the pgn text, and the editor can do this for you using the right syntax. Of course you can also edit the text manually as in any text editor. See the Pgn Editor page for more information.


Window

The Window menu is the standard Window menu that allows you to select, cascade or tile open windows.


Page

From the page menu you set more general page properties. All properties set here are written to the ini file with Palview commands. You could say that the properties set in the Page and Layout menu are significant to how the HTML and JavaScript code will be written and determines the page structure, whereas the CssFormat menu controls the stylesheet and layout only. The Page menu is only visible if there's an active webpage project.

Basic Page Layout

Opens a dialog from which you can select between 13 basic page layouts.

Crosstable Settings

Enabled if you make a crosstable page. The menu will open a form from which you can choose various settings for the crosstable.

Netscape4 Compatible

Select this menu if you want to make your page compatible (readable) with Netscape 4.* browsers. Read more on this subject in the Palview Manual.

Live Broadcast

To select settings for live broadcast with the Palive program.

Page Title & Pgn Link

Give your page a title or let Palview do it automatically (various options). Select settings if you want a link to the source pgn file.

Header & Footer File

This menu allows you to use a header and/or a footer file that will be merged with the Palview page. Read more in Palview Manual.

The ability to use header and/or footer files is a very strong feature in Palview. If for instance you specify a header file, Palview will read and insert this before the actual Palview page content. If you specify a footer file this will be inserted after the Palview chess stuff.

Header and footer files must have the extension "txt" and reside in the pgn file directory. Make an HTML file and copy the text between the BODY tags into your header or footer file.

Language Selection

Toggles multiple languages on/off. If on a drop down SELECT box under the controlpanel that will allow visitors to your page to dynamically select the language of their choice for viewing the moves of the game. Read more about this feature in Palview Manual

Miscellaneous & Technical

Various technical settings such as where to put the JavaScript: in a separate file, in the page's HEAD or the page's body. Some other stuff here too like e.g. page width.

Files, Directories & Vitals

Will display the information form for the active webpage project.


Layout

The Layout menu controls items that are important to the page's overall appearance. As with the Page menu it affects how the HTML and JavaScript code is written - not the stylesheet.

Game Information

Various settings that determine how the game information will be displayed. Game information is what you find in the pgn file's header tags. Should this info be displayed in a box or not? How to write player names? Use flag images to show player's country? Classify openings? Etc.

Move Text & Symbols

Various settings for the pgn move text and the use of symbols (gif images) for annotation. Here you decide whether the pgn text moves should be linked to the chess board, if you want to use language specific characters and figurine notation and more. In short: text settings that can't be controlled by the stylesheet.

Chess Board

Select the colour and size of your chess board. Some other chess board options too.

Chess Pieces

Select chess piece set. There are several to choose from.

Control Panel

Select control panel and control panel settings.


CssFormat

The CssFormat menu controls formatting of the active selector/class in the active stylesheet. The links in list below will take you to other PalMate help pages describing the CssFormat options.


Magazine Options

This menu item is only visible when you make a magazine and the magazine project window is active.

The menu has 4 submenu items:


Viewer Options

This menu item is only visible when you make a magazine and the Viewer project window is active.

The menu has 6 submenu items:


Help

Well, try it out. You can get PalMate help and you can access the Palview Manual - either locally (if installed) or via the Internet if you are connected.


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