The following entry points in Eclipse can be used to access Authentic Desktop functionality:
•Authentic Desktop Perspective, which provides Authentic Desktop's GUI features within the Eclipse GUI.
In Eclipse, a perspective is a configured GUI view with functionality from various applications. When the Authentic Desktop Plugin for Eclipse is integrated in Eclipse, a default Authentic Desktop perspective is automatically created. This perspective is a GUI that includes Authentic Desktop's GUI elements: its editing views, menus, entry helpers, and other sidebars.
When a file having a filetype associated with Authentic Desktop is opened (.xml), this file can be edited in the Authentic Desktop perspective. Similarly, a file of another filetype can be opened in another perspective in Eclipse. Additionally, for any active file, you can switch the perspective, thus allowing you to edit or process that file in another environment. There are therefore two main advantage of perspectives:
1.Being able to quickly change the working environment of the active file, and
2.Being able to switch between files without having to open a new development environment (the associated environment is available in a perspective)
Working with the Authentic Desktop perspective involves the following:
•Switching to the Authentic Desktop perspective.
•Setting preferences for the Authentic Desktop perspective.
•Customizing the Authentic Desktop perspective.
Switching to the Authentic Desktop perspective
In Eclipse, select the command Window | Perspective | Open Perspective | Other. In the dialog that pops up (screenshot below), select Authentic Desktop, and click OK.
The empty window or the active document will now have the Authentic Desktop perspective. This is how the user switches the perspective via the menu. To access a perspective faster from another perspective, the required perspective can be listed in the Open Perspective submenu, above the Other item; this setting is in the customization dialog (see further below).
Perspectives can also be switched when a file is opened or made active. The perspective of the application associated with a file's filetype will be automatically opened when that file is opened for the first time. Before the perspective is switched, a dialog appears asking whether you wish to have the default perspective automatically associated with this filetype. Check the Do Not Ask Again option if you wish to associate the perspective with the filetype without having to be prompted each time a file of this filetype is opened and then click OK.
Setting preferences for the Authentic Desktop perspective
The preferences of a perspective include: (i) a setting to automatically change the perspective when a file of an associated filetype is opened (see above), and (ii) options for including or excluding individual Authentic Desktop toolbars. In the list of perspectives in the left pane, select Authentic Desktop, then select the required preferences. Finish by clicking OK.
Customizing the Authentic Desktop perspective
The customization options enable you to determine what shortcuts and commands are included in the perspective. To access the Customize Perspective dialog of a perspective (screenshot below shows dialog for the Authentic Desktop perspective), make the perspective active (in this case the Authentic Desktop perspective), and select the command Window | Perspective | Customize Perspective.
In the Tool Bar Visibility and Menu Visibility tabs, you can specify which toolbars and menus are to be displayed. In the Action Set Availability tab, you can add action sets to their parent menus and to the toolbar. If you wish to enable a action group, check its check box. In the Shortcuts tab of the Customize Perspective dialog, you can set shortcuts for submenus. Select the required submenu in the Submenus combo box. Then select a shortcut category, and check the shortcuts you wish to include for the perspective. Click OK to complete the customization and for the changes to take effect.
The Authentic Desktop menu contains commands that are relevant even if a document type recognized by Authentic Desktop is not currently open in Eclipse. In the standalone version of Authentic Desktop, some of these commands are in the File menu.
The Authentic Desktop toolbar contains the following buttons (screenshot below).
These are for, from left: (i) opening the Authentic Desktop Help, and (ii) accessing Authentic Desktop commands (as an alternative to accessing them from the Authentic Desktop menu).