Navigating the UI

ZapWorks Designer is made up of a number of different panels, each of which are essential when developing experiences.

The image below showcases the main Designer UI elements, with the fundamental panels highlighted.

Designer Panels

Continue reading the article to learn more about what each of these panels do.

Components Panel (1)

The components panel shows digital elements that you can add to your scene. Here you can find:

Section Description
Button Select from a range of basic buttons to add to your scene.
Text Choose from preset themed and hierarchy based text objects.
Image Add an image from your media library to your scene, or upload a new image from your device.
Video Add a video from your media library to your scene, or upload a new video from your device.
3D Import a 3D model into your project to create a three-dimensional experience.

Scene Manager Panel (2)

The scene manager panel alters the properties of the scenes in your project. Here you can find:

Section Description
Scene Selector Select which scene is currently displayed in the viewport.
Rename Scene Change the name of your scene by selecting on your scene name, or via the burger menu, on the scene selection menu.
Add Scene Adds another scene to your project.
Duplicate Scene Duplicates the scene that is currently being viewed.

You can find more information on editing your scenes here.

Project Properties (3)

The project properties section is for making changes to your overall project. Here you can find:

Section Description
Upload Target Image Upload the image you wish for your project to be tracked to.
AR Web Embed Embed your ZapWorks Designer projects into a website.
Background Sound Add some background sound that plays when a user views your experience.
Scene Properties Edit the name and view the content of the scene.
Scene Transitions Add a transition that plays when you move between scenes.
Photo UI Toggle the camera controls for saving and sharing your scene.
Zoom Determines how zoomed in or out the scene viewport is.
2D-3D Switch Change between a 2D and a 3D view.

The project properties panel is responsive and can show different options based on the what's selected in the scene.

Action Bar (4)

The Action Bar contains admin functions for your project. Here you can find:

Section Description
Rename Rename the project on your workspace.
Help Open a drop-down menu with links to view shortcuts, see what's new, find helpful documentation, and send feedback.
Undo/Redo Undo or redo any changes you have made to your project.
Collaborators Shows the users that are currently editing the project.
Preview Generates a temporary QR code to scan and view your current version.
Publish Publishes your project so anyone with the project trigger to access your project.

Scene Objects Panel (5)

When selected, the Scene Objects Panel shows a list of all the objects in your active scene. You can rename, lock and hide an object by hovering over its entry in the list.

Scene Objects Panel

Selecting an object from the list will also update the selection in the scene. This is great for quickly selecting objects that are overlaid by others.

Scene object selection with Content Preview window

The order of the objects in the Scene Objects panel relates to the order in which the object is rendered. The order property of the first object in the list will be classed as "on top". Click and drag objects to update the order.

In 3D mode, the Z axis position of an object takes priority unless the 2 entities are on the same Z position.

Context Bar (6)

The context bar allows you to manipulate components and switch between AR or Screen UI mode. Here you will find:

Section Description
Move Move the selected component in the X, Y, or Z axis.
Scale Scale the selected component in the X, Y, or Z axis.
Rotate Rotate the selected component in the X, Y, or Z axis.
Duplicate Duplicate the selected component.
Lock/Unlock Lock or unlock the selected component from transform functions.
Delete Delete selected component.
Recenter Recenter your view on the canvas to default.
Undo/Redo Undo or redo any changes you have made to your project.
AR/Screen UI Mode Toggle between AR mode and Screen UI mode.
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