Workspaces are the master container for fully organizing your workflow. Everything is preserved in a saved workspace, preferences, layouts, custom palettes and keyboard shortcuts. Workspaces used to be somewhat flaky and could unexpectedly crash Painter, but thankfully they've been beefed up in Painter 12 and are now much more bulletproof. Not only are workspaces an excellent means of saving your own preferred interface and content setup, they can also be used to provide other users with an exact mirror of a specific setup.
In fact, I'm going to go through showing you the Painter 12 workspace that I've created, I am going Hide Painter 12 here temporarily, go to Exercise Files, and if we go to Chapter04, you will see that there is a Painter 12 Essential Training PWS, which is just short for Painter Workspace. You can simply double-click on this workspace, and I will do it right here, and it's going to load this workspace into Painter 12. So now I have not only the default workspace, but I have the workspace that I've been showing you and adapting as we've gone through some of the previous exercises.
You are free to load this up and use it as you wish, or you may just use it as a starting point, or you could totally ignore me and not load it up at all. So let's go through some of the various characteristics of workspaces, and if you go to the Window menu and go down to Workspace, this is where we can create a new workspace, we can delete workspaces as you saw, we can import workspaces, which you can use this same command to get to do what I just showed you, but I find it far simpler to just double-click on that workspace file in order to get it.
Now in order for me to make that workspace, I had to export it. So once I constructed this workspace, all I had to do is hit Export, and now I can name it, and then save it to wherever I want, since I have already done it, I'm not going to do it here. Now some of the things you want to know about workspaces, for one thing, they are cross-platform compatible. So if you created a workspace on either Mac or Windows, you can take that file and put it on the other operating system and Painter will still recognize it.
Workspaces act as a backup for time intensive setups. If for any reason something goes south, you can always re-import the saved workspace. So it actually also acts as a backup to your workspace that you've previously saved. Workspaces are also a great resource for Painter in a classroom environment, enabling students to all have the same exact work environment, that way everybody is exactly in sync with how the interface is laid out and what content is in it. Workspaces save user changes made while using Painter.
For example, I've just put in this workspace, but if I go in and say, change to that displaying or move this, that's all part of a workspace now. It adapts those changes to the workspace. So if I want to get back to where I was after some changes and a few sessions that I've worked in, I can go back in here and I could say, Import Workspace, I'd want to go to my desktop, in this case the exercise files, Chapter04 and re-import that workspace, and we will see here, once it's imported, everything is back just the way I had it.
Now previously, I described how sudden changes in a user interface can cause disorientation and confusion. This is exactly what I encountered when I initially started using Painter 12. Fortunately, one of 12's big changes is beefed up user customization of the user interface. This expanded capability enables you to significantly work around many of the interface changes introduced in Painter 12 that may not suit you.
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