When you’re logged in and working with a project in OpenCities Planner, you’ll see two interaction tools: View Tool and Edit Tool.
Using View Tool, you interact with the project as a viewing user would. This allows you to preview how the project functions when published.
When using Edit Tool on the other hand, you’ll be able to edit and change properties directly when clicking on an object or interface element.
This is very powerful, but it takes some time getting used to. So, to help you get started, here are the top 3 things you need to know about working with Edit Tool:
1. (Almost) anything can be clicked with Edit Tool
Pretty much everything you see in the map or project interface can be edited directly with Edit Tool. Just click on an object in the map or an interface element and you’ll be able to modify the properties for the thing you clicked. Wanna change the size of POI Marker? Just switch to Edit Tool and click it. Wanna remove a Ribbon Button? Just click it with Edit Tool to open its Properties Window where you can uncheck visibility.
2. You can live preview changes
If you’re doing something like, for example, adding Points of Interest or editing Project Info content, you are able to preview the viewing user experience simultaneously as you edit. Each keystroke and change will be instantly reflected.
In order to do this, use View Tool to open a POI Window or Project Info. Next, switch to Edit Tool and click what you’d like to edit. The applicable Properties Window will appear (and it even opens directly to the section you clicked, so if you clicked the Description, the Properties Window will open with focus on the Description section). Now you can update content while live previewing your changes.
3. Keyboard shortcuts quickly let you change between View & Edit Tools
You’ll probably be switching between View and Edit Tools quite often once you’ve gotten used to the different modes. So, here’s a time saving keyboard shortcut! Press the 1-key to switch to View Tool and the 2-key to switch to Edit Tool.
Be aware, however, that if you’re currently editing a text field the shortcuts wont work, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to write 1 or 2!