3. Startup Screen
On application startup, the following window will appear:
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The startup menu can be used to quickly create or open your projects, as well as quickly swap between your recently opened projects. Clicking on Create New Project... will allow you to create a new empty project, and clicking on Open Project... will let you browse your system for a project to open. The Recent projects list will display the five most recent projects, showing project name and version if these have been set, or the project filename if they have not. By hovering over one of these recent projects, the full path to the file will be displayed in a tooltip.
If an internet connection is available, the application will periodically connect to the ionCube servers to determine whether the Encoder is up to date. The most recent available Loader version is also checked, and if this is newer than the version previously observed, the update check will notify of this. Version checking can also be manually triggered by choosing the Help/Check for Updates... menu option. Automatic update checking can be disabled by choosing the Edit/Preferences... menu option, then navigating to Online Updates. When updates to either the Loader or the Encoder are available, a message box will be displayed, stating the latest versions for each and providing links to find the latest versions.
On startup, the application will also automatically connect to the ionCube servers to get the latest news related to the Encoder. This can also be manually triggered by clicking on Refresh just above the news display. Holding the control key while clicking Refresh will reinitialise the cached news content, though this should not be required. The Encoder is also able to receive the latest tutorials for the Encoder, and can be accessed from the startup window when they become available.
When new content has been downloaded, the third status indicator in the corner will blink green, indicating that new content is now available. The indicator will turn solid green when new content is available from a previous update. To acknowledge the new content alert, click on the indicator. This will turn the indicator off, and you will not be alerted again until newer content becomes available.
If an internet connection is available, the application will automatically connect to the ionCube servers to determine the status of your current support plan. The second status indicator will turn on if the check succeeds, and will change colour depending on your support status. If your support plan is active, the indicator will turn green. If your support plan is about to expire, the indicator will turn orange. If your support plan has expired, the indicator will turn red. In the event that support status could not be determined, the indicator will turn grey. More information about your support plan can be found by clicking on the second status indicator, or by choosing the Help/Check Support Status... menu option. This includes your support type and the date that it will expire. It will also provide a link to information about renewing support if it has expired or is close to expiring.
The security checklist is an innovative new feature which will allow you to determine the strength of your current encoding settings. The security checklist can be accessed by clicking on the coloured gauge next to the status indicators on the status bar, or by choosing the Project/Security Checklist menu option. For more information, please read about the Security Checklist.
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