>Hi, I am new, can someone give me a pointer to some basic
>ways to do basic things in clip programming? I have spent
>several hours in help and just go in circles. It is obvious
>that Notetab has a lot to offer, especailly in programming,
>but how does one get started. A tutorial would be nice.
In the post to the Basic list I gave you the link to the Clip
Tutorial I wrote, plus the links to answer your question on how
to make a Clip. In the Clip Tutorial there is a topic called
Getting Started... :) You should make a new Library first.
How to Make a Clipbook Library
1. If you do not have the Clipbook visible, press F4 and it will
appear for you. (Press F4 again to close.)
2. Look up at the top of the Clipbook and you will see a small
window (above the large one) that shows the Library's name.
3. Right click in the small window with the Library name and
choose "New..." You will be prompted to give it a name. After
naming it and pressing OK the new Clipbook Library will be made
and it will become active. You are now ready to add a Clip to it.
How to Create a Clip
1. To add a new Clip to an existing Library, focus the Library
you want by pressing its button on the button bar at the bottom
of your screen. (You may have to go to the menubar and select
"View/Libraries bar" first.)
2. Right click over the larger lower window on the left of the
screen and select "Add New Clip..." Type in a name of the Clip in
3. The Clip edit window will open in the main area with [Clips]
as the name of the tab. Type in what you want in the Clip and
save it. Hold your mouse over its tab and select close. It is not
necessary to close the Clip Editor in order to use the Clip. (See
How to Edit a Clip below.)
When reading Help in NoteTab, posts to these lists, tutorials,
etc. reference Help | NoteTab Tutorial when terms are used that
you are not familiar with.
So, you wanted to use the command ^!ActivateApp. You asked,
"Isn't this support to start up another version of NoteTab?" That
activates or brings NoteTab to the front. If you added that to a
Clip and executed/ran it, in itself, you really wouldn't see
anything happen - perhaps a flash of the screen. It is normally
used when your script (Clip) has you in another application
/program and you want to switch back to NoteTab giving it the
In order to have another instance of NoteTab running/open you
would need to check the box in View | Options | General | Allow
Multiple Instances checked (or write a fairly complex Clip
considering you are just beginning). (There are a couple
different ways of doing that and would be better to be discussed
under a different thread (Subject:) on this list so that we keep
this more to the basics of making a Clip.)
A simple Clip would be to use a command to open another program.
You can simply use the path to the program following the code for
a command which is "^!" without the quotes. For instance:
^!"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
Follow the instructions to "How Create a Clip" above or online at:
My tutorial explains what commands and functions are. In short
and very general though a command normally opens programs and
executes features in NoteTab. They don't normally manipulate
text, but can like ^!Toolbar Copy/Cut/Paste/Delete. Functions
normally manipulate text, get text, and other things dealing with
data. Commands start with "^!" and functions start with "^$" and
end with "$" without the quotes.
Jim Hall also has some help online for making Clips.
(Basic Clips Basics with Tutorial)
I also have some images and help at:
Getting Started, an Overview of the Basics
(Also linked from the Clip Tutorial. I just uploaded again
because I have been making some changes to images - I needed to
backup and regroup. <g>)
The following is a download for a Clipbook programming tutorial
designed to walk you through Clip writing. It includes "Getting
Started" (which is a web page with a number of images displaying
different parts of NoteTab that deals with Clipbooks), making a
Clipbook Library, adding Clips, and editing Clips, on to more
difficult Clip writing. Be sure to read the Introduction also.
Open ClipTut.clb and then click on the ClipTut.otl Outline Clip
to open the Outline.
All the contents of the zip files go in NoteTab's Libraries
You can also sign up for the NoteTab Clips List to get answers to
Clip questions, but please do not post there concerning the
tutorial. NoteTab Clips Subscribe & Edit Options:
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Happy Clip'n! Jody
The whole world doth err save you and me,
and even thou doest err some!