Working With Pages in StudioWorks+

Learn the Pages Window in StudioWorks+.

The Pages Window shows specific section and spread information and serves as the gateway to the Editor, where layouts are created. The Pages Window enables organization and management of spreads and sections.

  1. Page Thumbnails
  2. Page Preview
  3. Sections
  4. Page Status – Page-specific information: description, status, color, assignments, and deadlines.
  5. Lock Page – Prevents editing of the spread.
  6. View Ladder – Print a PDF ladder that includes the Page Status information.
  7. Assignments – Page-specific assignments.
  8. Edit Spread – Launch the Editor.
  9. Proof Spread – Generate a low-res PDF of the page for editing.
  10. Errors – Displays any page errors or warnings.
  11. Planned Color – Defaults the spread (page) to either color or black and white. Color images dropped onto black pages automatically will be converted to grayscale.
  12. Assigned User – Limit page accessibility only to assigned user.
  13. Cover – If your book has a four-color printed cover, a template for your cover design will be here. The tab is not present for other cover types.
  14. Endsheets – If your book is hardcover, templates for your endsheets will be here. The tab is not present for softcover books that do not have endsheets.
  15. Book Preview – Click here to view an interactive preview of your book. Turn pages by clicking the page corner or dragging it toward the center of the spread.
  16. Maximize Button – Click this icon to hide the top navigation buttons and maximize your working area. Helpful when designing and editing pages.
  17. Show Content Pane – Click this icon to display content across the top portion of the screen. Used when placing images, templates or other content onto pages while designing.
  18. Hide – Click here to hide pages from all users except the one to whom the page is assigned.
  19. Free Memory – Displays available system memory while working.

Editing a Section Master is required for Portrait and Index sections. For other sections, adding elements to the Section Master is recommended when they will repeat on every page in the section.

Creating Pages

To open a page or spread for editing:

  1. Click the Edit tab to activate it.
  2. Click a thumbnail in the Page Thumbnails. Clicking on one page opens a single page, clicking on the middle of the spread opens both pages.
  3. Click the Maximize button  to enlarge the Editor to fill the window.

If an object is placed across the center gutter of a spread, you will not be able to open only the right or only left page separately but open only as a spread.

Updating Page Status

From the Pages Window the adviser can manage the status of each page in the project. The Status Area allows the adviser to:

  • Enter a page description.
  • Update the page status.
  • View the planned color.
  • Make page assignments.
  • Limit page access to assigned users.
  • Set the page deadline. 
    Lock the page so no edits can be made.
  • Make page-specific assignments. When Exclusive Edits to User is checked, this box limits access of the page/spread to the specific user, and users with Editor/Adviser permissions.

Page Status information will be displayed in the Dashboard and Planner windows as well as used to generate the Ladder.

Hiding Pages

You can hide confidential pages from other users by clicking on the Hide button in the Page Status area.
The pages will be visible only to the person to whom they are assigned. Other users will see a blank (white) preview wherever the page appears in StudioWorks+.

  1. On the Manage tab, assign the page or spread to the adviser.   
  2. Click the Exclusive Edit to Assigned User button.This prevents other users from accessing or proofing the spread.
  3. Click Refresh. The page will appear blank in the thumbnail preview pane and the book preview, though the page elements are there.


When a page is hidden:

  • StudioWorks+ suppresses the page thumbnails in the Pages Window and Book Preview.
  • Only the assigned user with exclusive edit permissions can generate a proof of the page.
  • The images placed on the hidden page are not hidden in the Content Window; they remain visible.
  • Pages can be published with Hide status in place. The page elements will output correctly during the page production process.