Universal Object Broswer User's Guide


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About the Universal Object Browser

Developed for: 

SumTotal ToolBook Instructor version 8.9 (2004)

Works in: 

Developer ToolBook Instructor only

Type of Tool: 

Developer 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.

  1. Ensue that ToolBook is not open and in the ToolBook product directory select the ‘tb89x.sbk file and delete it.
  2. 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 found here.

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.
2. Properties: opens the properties dialog for the selected object.
3. Extended Properties: if relevant, opens the extended properties dialog for the selected object.
4. Actions Editor: opens the Actions Editor for the selected object.

Hyperlinks: opens the hyperlink dialog for the selected object.

6. Path Animation: opens the path animation dialog.
7. Scripts: opens the script editor for the selected object to edit an existing one create a new one.
8. 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.
9. Refresh View: causes the browser to refresh its view, useful if you have just copied, pasted or cut Actions.
10. 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 Dialog.
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.

11. 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 here.
12. 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.
13. Help: opens up this help page.
14. 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 this.

More information on these options can be found in the
complete User Guide here.


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