Main User Interface ElementsΒΆ

The central part of the main user interface or the Main window is reserved for the graphical presentation of the created/loaded documents and called Document Area. The parts of the user interface with several opened documents in the Documents window in normal mode is shown in Fig.1.


Fig. 1 The parts of the default user interface.

The main parts of the Main window are the Main Menu (1), the Main Toolbar (2), the Document Area (6), the Mode Selector (12), the Action Shelf (3), the Attribute editor (4), the Outliner (5), Tool Settings (10), the Layers Editor (17) and the Message Window (14).

All individual elements of the user interface are listed below (the numbers are corresponding to those in Fig. 1):

  1. Main Menu
  2. Main Toolbar
  3. Action Shelf
  4. Attribute editor
  5. Outliner / Stage & Wafer Editor
  6. Document area
  7. Document view Toolbar
  8. Document view
  9. Hotbox
  10. Tool Settings
  11. Document window Panel
  12. Mode Selector
  13. Message Window Toggle Button
  14. Message Window
  15. Message Line
  16. Status Bar
  17. Layers Editor / Scans Editor / Task List Editor

Besides dockbars, toolbars and the Document area, the main window also has a status bar, a log window and a Main Menu. The vertical buttons on outer right side of the Main Window are called Mode Buttons. They let you switch between different Document Modes.

The figure above, labels all major main window user interface elements. The bluish colorized regions mark elements that depend on the presence of a (active) document and its state, the other elements do not.

Beside the main window, smile2 offers two types of basic user interface windows:

Dockbars and Toolbars
Window elements that can be attached as part of the main window, but can also be outside the main window. Examples are the outliner, the attribute editor or the main toolbar.

Window elements that can not be attached to the main window Examples are the command options dialogs, the Node Editor or the different kind of settings dialogs.


The majority of dialogs in smile2 are non modal, meaning that the main window is not blocked by these dialogs.

See also

A list of all Dockbars and Dialogs can be found in the Editors chapter.