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Converting a HyperCard stack to LiveCode

How to Access LiveCode Features and Scripts

Throughout this tutorial, references are made to various tools and actions that require some knowledge of how to operate LiveCode. Instructions for accomplishing some of these actions are listed in the table below. If you are unfamiliar with the LiveCode program, you may want to print out this page for reference. That way, when the instructions tell you to "edit the card script," you will know how to get to it.

The Application Browser is a very useful LiveCode tool that gives you immediate access to all stack objects, their scripts, and their properties, whether the object is visible on the card or not. In all cases throughout this tutorial where access directions to an object's script or properties are suggested, you may use the Application Browser instead, and in most cases it is the easiest way. The Application Browser is located under LiveCode's Tools menu. A few alternate shortcuts are given in the table below primarily for reference, because many of them are similar to HyperCard's.

Action LiveCode Shortcut
Edit the current card script Cmd-Shift-C
Edit the stack script Cmd-Shift-S
Edit a field, button, or other object script Command-Option-click the object

Exit and save a script Enter key
Click Compile button
Exit a script without saving Close the editor and decline the Save reminder
Edit an object's properties
(field, button, image, graphic, etc.)
Choose edit tool -> double-click object
Select object with edit tool -> Object Menu -> Object Inspector
Edit stack or card properties Object Menu -> Stack or Card Inspector
Enter background editing mode Select group -> Object Menu -> Edit Group (Cmd-R)
start editing bg bgReference in message box
Leave background editing mode Object Menu -> Stop Editing Group
stop editing bg bgReference in message box
Edit a background (group) script Select group with edit tool -> Choose "Object Script" from Object menu
edit script of bg bgReference in message box
Show message box Type Cmd-M while LiveCode's menus are active

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