Applies To: All versions of GUI Design Studio, plus one feature in v4.0+
You've designed some screens and you'd like to select them and copy them directly into your requirements specification in Microsoft Word (or any other application).
GUI Design Studio Professional (and earlier 2.4 to 3.6 versions of GUI Design Studio) has the facility to generate entire specification documents from your design projects.
Sometimes, though, you just need a quick way of copying a design and pasting it into a Word document. This is also the only way to capture the running state of your prototype (v4.0 users only).
This feature can be performed using all versions of GUI Design Studio. Although there are limitations, most of these can be remedied with simple workarounds.
1. Use the "Edit | Copy Design Image" menu command (Ctrl+Shift+C hot key) to copy the active design to the Clipboard as an image. Currently (in v4.2), this only works on the entire contents of a design file. You cannot select an individual element or group of elements and only copy that.
2. Paste the captured design into Word (or any other appropriate application).
Copying just part of a design
If you need to copy just part of a design:
1. Select all the elements in the part of the design you want. Dragging a selection rectangle is probably the best way to do this.
2. Copy the selection to the clipboard (Ctrl+C).
3. Create a new, temporary design (Ctrl+N).
4. Paste in your chosen elements (Ctrl+V).
5. Copy the temporary design to the Clipboard (Ctrl+Shift+C).
6. Close the temporary design, choosing not to save changes (unless you want to keep it).
Exporting instead of copying
You can also export the design to an image file (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG) using the "File | Export..." menu command and then insert that into your Word document.
Capturing the state of a running prototype
GUI Design Studio Professional and Express (v4.0+) also allow you to copy or export the current state of a running prototype using commands in the "Prototype" menu or the Ctrl+Shift+I and Ctrl+Shift+E hot keys, respectively.