Canvas Overview (Wall)

You can use canvases to organize your content in the workspace. You can combine individual assets within a single canvas where you can present, locate, and share information. A single canvas may contain one or more assets; in addition, multiple canvases can be nested or layered – one within the other.

Note: To learn more about Canvases for Bluescape Web, click here.

Creating a Canvas

Canvases allow you to organize assets into groups, enabling you to present, locate, and share content more easily. You can create a new canvas in two ways:

  • Using assets in the current workspace view
  • Using a selected group of assets

Creating a Canvas in the Current Workspace View

To create a canvas of your current workspace view:

  1. From the toolbar, tap the (+) (Add Content) icon.

  2. From the Add Content modal that appears, tap Canvas .

  3. A canvas forms around the assets in your current workspace view, and the Add canvas modal appears. Enter a Canvas Name and choose a Canvas Color.

Note: Canvas names cannot be edited once they are created on the Wall client.

  1. Tap Add canvas.
    You have created a canvas of the current workspace view.

Creating a Canvas Around Selected Assets

To create a canvas containing selected assets:

  1. Group select two or more assets.
  2. Tap the :more_options: (More options) menu from the toolbar.
  3. A context menu opens. Tap Create Canvas.
  4. The Add canvas modal appears. Enter a Canvas Name and choose a Canvas Color.

Note: Canvas names cannot be edited once they are created on the Wall client.

  1. Click Add canvas.
    A canvas containing the selected assets is added to the workspace.

Moving a Canvas

You can move a canvas to a new location in the workspace via the Web or Wall client.

To move a canvas (Wall):

  1. Tap to select the canvas anywhere on its border. The entire canvas is then highlighted.
  2. Long-touch anywhere within the highlighted area and drag the canvas to the new location. All assets within the canvas area move with it.
  3. Release the canvas.
  4. When you are satisfied with the new location, long-touch outside the canvas area to turn off highlighting.

Resizing a Canvas

You can increase or decrease a canvas size when you need to add or remove assets, respectively.

To resize a canvas:

  1. Access a workspace canvas.
  2. To select, click or tap the canvas (Canvas) icon – ensuring this selection as evidenced by a visible boundary or anchor points.
  3. Tap and hold (Wall) the border of the canvas, dragging one of the anchor points outward to increase or inward to decrease – releasing when you have achieved the preferred size.

Note: As you adjust the canvas to achieve the preferred size, ensure each asset is within the visible boundary as designated by the anchor points. Any asset that extends the boundary is not a subset of the canvas and, as such, will remain stationary when/if the canvas is moved. When resizing, press and hold the Shift key to maintain the aspect ratio.

Duplicating a Canvas

The Duplicate option creates an identical copy of a canvas, adding it to the workspace.

To duplicate a canvas on a Wall:

  1. Tap on the Location marker.
  2. Tap the :more_options: (Options) icon. A Context menu opens.
  3. From the Context menu, tap Duplicate.

A duplicate of the canvas appears to the right of the original.

Pinning a Canvas

You can pin a canvas to a workspace such that the canvas cannot be moved or resized. When you pin a canvas, you can still move its contents – adding and removing assets as needed.

To pin a canvas:

  1. Tap the canvas (Canvas) icon at the top left of the canvas. The entire canvas is highlighted, and a toolbar opens.
  2. Tap the :pin: (Pin) icon in the toolbar; it will illuminate when active.
    The canvas is now pinned and in a stationary position.

Sorting the Canvas List

If the number of canvases on a Wall is extensive, you can quickly sort the list based on Created (Date), Color, or Name.

To sort the canvas list:

  1. Tap the :search: (Search) icon in the toolbar.
  2. The Search panel opens, displaying a list of canvases.

  1. Tap one of the options in the Sort by field:
  • Created – Arranges the canvases by date, most recent first.
  • Color – Organizes the canvases by color, which is useful for Organizations that color-code their canvases based on the assets they contain.
  • Name – Arranges the canvases alphabetically by name.

Note: The Sort by feature only organizes items in one direction. You cannot sort in reverse. For example, you can sort canvas names A-Z, not Z-A. There is no reverse sort for any category.

  1. If the entries in the Search panel list exceed the display area view, scroll through the list by tapping and holding (then dragging your finger up and down as needed).

Deleting a Canvas

The Delete option removes the canvas from the workspace but maintains its content.

To delete a canvas on a Wall:

  1. Tap the icon at the top left corner of the canvas.
  2. Tap the :more_options: (More options) icon. A Context menu appears.
  3. From the Context menu, tap Delete. A deletion confirmation message appears.

  1. Tap Yes to confirm the deletion. The canvas is removed from the workspace.

Locking the Viewport

Occasionally, you might want to lock your current view of a workspace, preventing the use of the zoom and pan features. When a viewport with a canvas is locked, you can still resize assets as well as add and remove them.

To lock your current view of the workspace:

  1. Tap the :more_options: (More options) icon on the toolbar.
  2. A context menu opens.

Tap the Lock Viewport toggle switch so that it is to the right “on” position.
3. The viewport is now locked.

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