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About the Universal Object Browser
SumTotal ToolBook Instructor version 8.9 (2004)
Developer ToolBook Instructor only
Type of Tool:
When you download the program, it will
self extract into your Program Files directory into a folder for NirvanaBound\UOB##\,
where ## will indicate the ToolBook version (i.e. 89 or 90).
At the end of the extraction process it will run a utility (written in ToolBook
:-) to find your ToolBook Instructor
product folder and then make a backup of your existing
TB89x.sbk and then copy in the new TB89x.sbk.
Your original TB89x.sbk will be re-named to TB89x_Orig.sbk and copied to the
install folder - C:\Program Files\NirvanaBound\UOB89
During the installation of the Universal Object Browser the original system
book that controlled the standard object browser was renamed and saved to your
ToolBook product directory (typically ‘C:/ Program Files/Click2learn/Instructor
2004’ (although click2learn may have been substituted for SumTotal if you are a
relatively new user of ToolBook) ). If you look in that directory you will see a
file called ‘Orig_tb89x.sbk’. You need to carry out the following two steps, in
order, to restore the original object browser.
- Ensue that ToolBook is not open and in the ToolBook product directory
select the ‘tb89x.sbk file and delete it.
- Right click on the ‘Orig_tb89x.sbk’ file and select ‘rename from the drop
down menu. Place the cursor just in front of the ‘t’ and using the ‘back’
button on your keyboard remove the ‘Orig_’ from the file name. Hit the enter
key to save your changes to the file name.
The original Object Browser has now been restored. This uninstall
procedure applies to both the trial and full versions
of the Universal Object Browser.
What the Universal Object Browser Does
A substantially enhanced improvement on the standard Object Browser the
Universal Object Browser not only gives you access to all of the objects in your
book, but to all of the Actions in the book as well. From within the Universal
Object Browser you may edit, view, copy, paste and cut any Action. You are able
to carry out complex searches on the Actions in your books. Objects that are
hidden or have a text overflow problem can be highlighted. Global variables can
be exported from, or imported into a book. The export error log can be viewed
from within your book and hyperlinks are provided back to problem objects. You
can even change the background colour of the Actions Editor.
How to Use the Universal Object Browser
You will find the complete User Guide
here which contains a comprehensive description of how the Universal Object
Browser works. The User Guide pdf file may be viewed online or (by right
clicking on the link and selecting ‘save target as..’) downloaded to your
computer for future reference. The most recent copy of this guide will always be
The illustration above is of the Universal Object Browser’s toolbar. Each of
the toolbar button’s functions is explained briefly below and they are listed as
the buttons appear looking left to right.
Be sure that you have properly installed the
Universal Object Browser.
Properties: opens the properties dialog for
the selected object.
Extended Properties: if relevant, opens the
extended properties dialog for the selected object.
Actions Editor: opens the Actions Editor
for the selected object.
Hyperlinks: opens the hyperlink dialog for
the selected object.
Path Animation: opens the path animation
Scripts: opens the script editor for the
selected object to edit an existing one create a new one.
Shared Scripts: allows you to edit the
selected objects allocated shared script, or to either allocate another
shared script to it or create a new one specifically for it.
Refresh View: causes the browser to refresh
its view, useful if you have just copied, pasted or cut Actions.
Options: opens up the options menu
Dock Universal Object Browser: lets us
dock the U.O.B. to the left or right
Display Actions: adds an Actions ‘lightening symbol’ to the icons of
those objects that have actions, and provides details of them.
Display Actions Only: the U.O.B. will only
display those objects that have actions.
Method Actions…: opens the new Method
Action dialog. Dependent upon where you are in the tree structure in the
U.O.B. this may read Shared Actions… and open up the new Shared Action
Validate Actions: Checks the validity of
each Action as it displays in the browser and adds an exclamation mark
against those that are invalid. If you do not have the Nirvana Bound Deep
Validation tool this will be permanently greyed out.
Export Global Variables: exports all of the
global variables in your book to an .inf file.
Import Global Variables: imports Global
variables from a previously created .inf file into your book.
Change Background Color of The AE: change
the background colour of the AE.
Color Hidden Objects: highlights objects in
the U.O.B. that are hidden because they are either off the page or
background or have their visible property set to false.
Check for Text Overflow: checks all objects
that could be affected by a text overflow problem to see if they have one
and highlights those that do.
View Export Error Log: allows you to view a
book’s export error log if one exists.
You will find all of the Options menu items explained in more detail in
the complete User Guide here.
View Action: allows you to view the
selected Action. This view can be copied and pasted to an e mail if
required. You will find more information in the complete User Guide
Search Actions: allows you to carry out a
book wide search on the Actions within it. You will find more information in
the complete User Guide here.
Help: opens up this help page.
In addition to the options available from the toolbar there is a special
right click Actions menu.
Edit Action: opens up the Actions Editor to
edit the selected Action.
View Action: opens up the ‘view’ of the selected Action.
Cut Action: cuts the currently selected Action.
Copy Action: copies the currently selected Action.
Paste Action: pastes the last Action that were copied.
Clear Action: very similar to cut Action except that you cannot undo
More information on these options can be found in the complete User
Please see the
ToolBookDeveloper.com Knowledge Base
for additional assistance in using the Quiz Randomizer.