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Chapter 4: Working with Layouts, Pages and Banks

Layouts

What are layouts? Read about layouts here

Working with Layouts as Files

MD provides these basic file-type operations for layouts. Layouts use the file extension .mididesigner

New, Mail and Save

  • Config → Actions → New will remove all Page Banks (and therefore, Pages and Controls) and allow you to start from a blank slate
  • Config → Actions → Mail Layout allows you to mail a layout.

Mailing to yourself is a great way to perform a time-stamped, permanent, and perfect backup of your layout.

  • Config → Actions → Save Layout allows you to save your current layout with a name.

iTunes File Sharing
Saved layouts are backed up and accessible via iTunes File Sharing.

Opening Layouts in MD

There are two ways to open layouts in MD:

  1. Open In… — From Mail, Safari, Dropbox and many other apps, a long press on a .mididesigner file will allow you to choose MIDI Designer Pro to open your layout.
  2. Config → Actions → Load Layout
    • Layouts you make available to MD via iTunes File Sharing can be found here
    • Layouts you have saved (using Save Layout) are also available here

Append Layout
With either method of opening layouts, you will be given the option to append the current layout. This will combine the currently-loaded layout with the layout that you are loading.

Working with Pages in Design Mode

Access Page Properties Pane

The Page Properties Pane is used to adjust Page Properties, and perform actions on pages and controls.

  • iPhone: Enter design mode → single tap on page name
  • iPad: Enter Design Mode → double tap on page tab

Access Page Actions Tab

Use the Page Actions Tab to add, delete move pages and other actions. Access Page Actions from the Page Properties Pane → Page Actions Tab

  • Add a Page: from Page Actions Tab, use “New Before” or “New After”
  • Move Page: From Page Actions Tab, use “Move Left” or “Move Right” to move the page
  • Delete a Page: from Page Actions Tab, use “Delete Page” (there are two: use the top one)
  • Copy and Make Similar refer are described below

Page Arranger

  • Also, you may use the Page Arranger: Page Properties Pane → Arrange
  • The Page Arranger also allows for moving pages between banks, deleting and renaming pages.

iPad Only
You can drag the page tab and drop it where you would like it to appear

Page Properties Pane

Page Properties change the visual properties of the given page.

Access Page Properties from Page Properties Pane → Properties (first tab)

Page Name

Change the name of the page displayed on the top tab.

Highlight Color

  • Highlight Color is the text color used by controls. It's also the text color the Page Tab (iPad only).
  • Individual controls can specify their own highlight color
  • Change the highlight color between black white and auto. When auto is selected MIDI designer will automatically change it depending on the background color of the page.

Tap for Texture and Color

The textures and colors change the page's texture and color. Hitting random texture or random color randomly changes texture or color. the background.

LED color slider

  • LED color slider changes the hue for the LED for all controls on a page. If set, individual Control's LED Properties will not be affected by the pages' LED Color Slider.
  • Use Randomize LED Color to change the LED color randomly

Randomize: Texture/Color/LED

Change the page background and the page-wide LED randomly.


Working with Pages as Files

MD provides these basic file-type operations for Pages. Pages use the file extension .mididesignerpage

Mail and Save

  • Page Properties Pane → Actions → Mail Page allows you to mail a lpage to yourself (as a backup
  • age Properties Pane → Actions → Save Page allows you to save the current page with a name.

iTunes File Sharing
Saved Pages are backed up and accessible via iTunes File Sharing.

Opening MD Pages

There are two ways to open Pages in MD:

  1. Open In… — From Mail, Safari, Dropbox and many other apps, a long press on a .mididesignerpage file will allow you to choose MIDI Designer Pro to open your page.
  2. Page Properties Pane → Actions → Load Page
    • Pages you make available to MD via iTunes File Sharing can be found here
    • Pages you have saved (using Save Page) are also available here

Copying Pages

There are three ways to make copies of pages.

  • Copy Page — this creates a copy of the page using control copies, which are linked to the controls on the copied page.
  • Page Make Similar — this creates a copy of the page with independent controls. Initially, the new page's controls have the same relationships as the controls on the copied page.
  • Save a page as a file, and then load the file: Controls are completely independent. Inter-control relationships on the page are maintained, but relationships to other controls in the layout are broken.

Working with Page Banks in Performance Mode

Access Page Bank Indicator(s)

iPad: the right and left sides each have a Page Bank Indicator iPad Page Bank Indicators

iPhone: the Page Bank Indicator is on the Bottom Toolbar, to the right of the Page Name Display iPhone Page Bank Indicator

Switching Banks

  • Touch the Page Bank Indicator to step through the banks sequentially.
  • Alternately, you can use bank jump buttons
  • you will not be able to see the page bank indicator in Performance Mode:
    • iPad: if the left side has one visible bank and the right side has one or two visible banks
    • iPhone: if there is only one visible bank

Working with Page Banks in Design Mode

Change number of visible banks

Press and hold on the banks indicator to the left of the more buttons to see the Bank Quantity Select Popover. Select any number from 1 to 8.

Move Pages Between Banks

  • Use the Page Arranger (from Page Actions, hit the “Arrange” tab).
  • On iPad, you can also drag the Page Tab to move a page from one bank to another.

Also see One Big Page

manual/chapter-working-with-layouts-banks-and-pages.txt · Last modified: 2017/01/04 20:21 by dr2050