Copying Menus

Sarah Reichelt sarahr at
Mon Sep 6 23:41:49 EDT 2004

Hi James,

I suggest making a separate sub-stack and MOVING your original menu 
group to it, where it can be set to non-Mac style for easy editing. If 
you call it "Menu1", then in your main stack's preOpenStack handler, 
you can say:
	set the menuBar of this stack to "Menu1"

Back to the menu editing stack, duplicate the group, edit the new one 
as you see fit, call it "Menu2" or whatever you like, and use the same 
type of script to set the menubar for stack 2.

I have given up using the Mac-style menus in favor of having them in 
separate stacks. It makes them easier to edit and I don't have any 
problems with the objects being relocated or the stack window being 


On 7 Sep 2004, at 3:16 am, James Spencer wrote:

> It strikes me that this should be easy but I'm a dolt and can't figure 
> it out.  Nor can I find anything in the "documentation" (one more 
> voice in the wilderness: the documentation is great for looking up 
> specific Transcript elements but stinks for figuring out how to use 
> the development environment).
> I have a project based on three related stacks (at this point, they 
> are arranged as a main stack and two substacks in a single file) which 
> is intended to run exclusively under OS X (which matters only because 
> the menus are intended to only be at the top of the screen and no 
> space has been left in any of the stacks for a menu bar on the card).  
> All three have related but slightly different menus.  What I would 
> like to do is,  having developed my menus for the main stack,  to be 
> able to copy that menubar group from the main stack to the other two 
> stacks where I want to be able to edit them without having to recreate 
> the menus and their scripts from scratch for each substack.
> I can copy the main stack's group by temporarily making it a windows 
> style menu (on the card) selecting the group and copying it and then 
> restoring the main stack's menu to the top of the screen.  I can then 
> paste this into the substack but, of course, it appears on the card 
> and when I set it to be at the top of the screen,  Rev moves my 
> content up.  Problem, of course is that I didn't forsee a problem in 
> copying the menu bar so I didn't leave space at the top of the card 
> and I'm losing part of my content.  I've tried variations of this some 
> of which at least show the menus but Menu Builder won't edit them.
> I thought I might be able to copy and pasting the original menu bar 
> group from the Application Browser but this doesn't seem to be 
> permitted: when I paste the group, regardless of what is selected and 
> displayed in the Browser, a second copy of the group is placed in the 
> original stack.

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