File menu

File > New Show

Starts a new show. This show is not completely empty: a camera layer, two light layers and a text layer have been created for you.

File > Open Show...

Opens a show from disk.

File > Open Recent...

The ten last opened shows can be opened with this submenu.

File > Set Background Color...

Sets the background color.

File > Set Show Duration...

Changes the duration (length in seconds) of the show. Although you can enter durations up to 1 hour (3600 seconds), BluffTitler has been designed for short animations, like leaders and bumpers of about five seconds.

File > Set Show Resolution...

Changes the size (resolution in pixels) of the show.

File > Show Properties...

Opens a dialog where you can enter the show title, show info and successive show.

File > Save Show

Saves the current show under the current name.

File > Save Show as...

Saves the current show under a new name.

File > Save Show + All Media files...

Saves the current show and places all used media files next to the .BT show file. This option is useful when you want to copy a show to another computer or to a web server.

File > Revert

Reloads the current show.

File > Export as Picture...

Exports the current screen as a .BMP or .TGA file.

File > Export as Movie...

Exports the animation as an .AVI file. A dialog will be presented to select the desired compression technique.

On this page you can find more info about importing BluffTitler generated animations into other software.

File > Exit

Exits the program.

Edit menu

Edit > Change all Texts...

Displays a dialog that allows you to change all texts the show is using, which is very useful for templates.

Texts like ---------- or .+.+.+.+.+.+ are by default hidden because it is unlikely they are meant as dynamic texts. Mark the Show All checkbox to show them.

Edit > Change all Textures...

Displays a dialog that allows you to change all textures (pictures) the show is using, which is very useful for templates.

Reflectionmaps, bumpmaps and other special textures are by default hidden because it is unlikely they are meant as dynamic textures. Mark the Show All checkbox to show them.

Edit > Change all Fonts...

Displays a dialog that allows you to change all fonts the show is using, which is very useful for templates.

Edit > Find

Finds a layer

Edit > Find Next

Finds the next layer

Edit > Undo

Undo

Edit > Redo

Redo

Control menu

Control > Play Windowed

Starts the show from the beginning.

Control > Play Fullscreen

Plays the show fullscreen.

Control > Stop

Stops the show. You can also press the <Escape> key.

Control > Looping

Loops the show continuously. Press <Escape> or the stop button to stop.

Control > Back

Loads and plays the previous show.

Control > Forward

Loads and plays the next show.

Control > Refresh

Clears the cache and reloads the current show.

Control > Stop Loading

Stops loading the current show.

Control > Home

Opens and runs the home page, as set with the menu item Settings > Internet Options.

Favorites menu

Favorites > Add to Favorites...

Adds the current show to the list of favorites.

Favorites > Organize Favorites...

Opens a dialog where you can organize all your favorite shows.

Layer menu

Layer > Add Layer > Add Camera Layer...

Adds a camera layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Light Layer

Adds a light layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Text Layer

Adds a text layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Traced Picture Layer

Adds a traced picture layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add EPS Layer...

Adds a EPS layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Picture Layer...

Adds a picture layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Video Layer...

Adds a video layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Video Capture Layer

Adds a video capture layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Plasma Layer...

Adds a plasma layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Particle Layer...

Adds a particle layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Audio Layer...

Adds a audio layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Passe-Partout Layer...

Adds a passe-partout layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Model Layer...

Adds a model layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Scroller Layer

Adds a scroller layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Sketch Layer...

Adds a sketch layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Voxel Layer...

Adds a voxel layer to the show.

Layer > Add Layer > Add Container Layer

Adds a container layer to the show.

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Light to active Layer...

Attaches a light to the active layer.

After attaching a light layer to the active layer, the new attached light layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached light layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Border to active Layer...

Attaches a border to the active layer.

After attaching a text layer to the active layer, the new attached text layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached text layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Text to active Layer

Attaches a text to the active layer.

After attaching a text layer to the active layer, the new attached text layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached text layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach EPS to active Layer...

Attaches an EPS to the active layer.

After attaching a text layer to the active layer, the new attached text layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached text layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Picture to active Layer...

Attaches a picture layer to the active layer.

After attaching a picture layer to the active layer, the new attached picture layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached picture layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Plasma to active Layer...

Attaches a plasma layer to the active layer.

After attaching a plasma layer to the active layer, the new attached plasma layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached plasma layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Particles to active Layer...

Attaches a particle layer to the active layer.

After attaching a particle layer to the active layer, the new attached particle layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached particle layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Model to active Layer...

Attaches a model layer to the active layer.

After attaching a model layer to the active layer, the new attached model layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached model layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Sketch to active Layer...

Attaches a sketch layer to the active layer.

After attaching a sketch layer to the active layer, the new attached sketch layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached sketch layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Voxel to active Layer...

Attaches a voxel layer to the active layer.

After attaching a voxel layer to the active layer, the new attached voxel layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached voxel layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Lightning to active Layer...

Attaches a lightning layer to the active layer.

After attaching a lightning layer to the active layer, the new attached lightning layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached lightning layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Lens Flare to active Layer...

Attaches a lens flare layer to the active layer.

After attaching a lens flare layer to the active layer, the new attached lens flare layer is visible in the Layers listbox. You can use this listbox to select the attached lens flare layer and change its properties. Your effect can be saved as a preset by choosing Preset > Save Preset as....

Layer > Attach Layer > Attach active Layer to a Container...

Attaches the active layer to an existing container layer.

Layer > Delete all attached Layers

Deletes all layers attached to the active layer.

Layer > Detach active layer from Container

Disconnects the active layer from the container layer.

Layer > Delete active Layer

Deletes the active layer. All attached layers will also be deleted. Be careful not to delete all light layers, unless you love the dark.

Layer > Clone active Layer

Makes an identical copy of the active layer.

Layer > Reverse active Layer

Reverses the active layer.

Layer > Bring active Layer Backward

Brings the active layer backward. Notice that this only makes sense for picture layers in 2D mode. All other layers are automatically sorted by their distance to the camera.

Layer > Bring active Layer Forward

Brings the active layer forward. Notice that this only makes sense for picture layers in 2D mode. All other layers are automatically sorted by their distance to the camera.

Layer > Active Layer Properties

Opens a dialog where you can enter the layer name and link.

Media menu

Media > Change Text...

Changes the text of the text layer. Most of the time you will use the textbox on the tool window for this, but for long texts or when using dynamic content this dialog can be handy.

Media > Change Font...

Sets the font for the text layer. If you want to change the font of all text layers you have to mark the All Layers checkbox before choosing this menu item. Do not forget to unmark this checkbox afterwards.

When BluffTitler says it can't handle a font this is usually caused by the fact that the font is too detailed. You could try using the flat or solid font effects or switching to a lower quality mode with the menu item Settings > Low Quality.

Media > Change EPS...

Sets the EPS file for the EPS layer.

Media > Change Texture...

Changes the texture.

Media > Change Audio...

Changes the audio file used by the audio layer.

Media > Change Model...

Changes the model file used by the model layer.

Media > Change Effect...

Changes the effect used by the active layer.

Preset menu

Preset > Load Preset...

Loads a preset from disk. Note that a preset is not the same as a show. A show is a complete animation that can be loaded with the menu item File > Open Show.... A preset is a single keyframe of a specific layer. Note that when choosing this menu item, only the presets from the same layer type as the active layer are shown in the listbox.

Preset > Save Preset as...

Saves the current keyframe to disk.

Your preset only shows up in the Load Preset... dialog when you save your preset in one of the following folders:

  • The Media/Presets folder next to the executable (BluffTitler.exe)
  • The BluffTitler/Presets folder in your (My) Documents folder

When you are saving a text layer as a preset that is attached to another text layer your preset will appear in the Layer/Attach Border to active Layer... dialog. Presets of attached particle layers will appear in the Attach Particles to active Layer... dialog.

Playlist menu

Playlist > Open Playlist...

Loads a playlist

Playlist > Save Playlist

Saves the current playlist under the current name.

Playlist > Save Playlist as...

Saves the current playlist under a new name.

Settings menu

Settings > Tool Window

With this menu item you can show/hide the tool window.

Settings > Browser Mode

With this menu item you can show/hide the browser panel.

Settings > Playlist Window

With this menu item you can show/hide the playlist window.

Settings > Shell Window

With this menu item you can show/hide the shell window.

Settings > Move Menu

With this menu item you can move the menu from the render window to the tool window and back. When moving the menu to the tool window, the borders of the render window are also removed, allowing you to place this window fullscreen on a second monitor. (When using a dual head video card)

Settings > Show Info

Old televisions do not display the complete image, but chop off a fair amount at the edges. To make your animation completely visible on grandma's television you have to make sure it does not extent beyond the safe area. When this option is turned on the safe area is displayed as a box.

This option also renders the camera coordinate system in the lower left corner, the local coordinate system of the active layer, the crosshair and the grid.

Settings > Low, Normal and High Quality

Low quality might look ugly, but it also means quick loading, high animation speed and great responsiviness! Low quality can also be handy for fonts or EPS files that are too detailed to display correctly in high quality mode.

Settings > General Options...

Opens a dialog where you can set the general options.

Settings > Internet Options...

Opens a dialog where you can set the internet options.

Settings > Switch to EASY/PRO Version

At any time you can switch between the EASY and the PRO versions with this menu item. Depending on your license, the application reverts to the demo (evaluation) version.

Settings > Enter License Keys

When you buy BluffTitler you receive your own personal license keys. Select this menu item to enter them into the program to turn the evaluation (demo) version into the full version.

Settings > Reset all Settings

Resets all settings.

Help menu

Help > User Guide

Opens the BluffTitler user guide. You can also press <F1>.

Help > Ordering Information

Displays ordering information.

Help > Templates

Opens the BixPack site where you can buy templates.

Help > Online Gallery

Opens the online gallery where you can share tips and tricks with other users.

Help > Upgrades

Connects to the internet for information about the latest version.

Help > Demo

When hitting this item BluffTitler starts playing random shows from the media/shows folder. Press <Escape> to quit this demo mode.

Help > Technical Info

Shows technical info about the current show and your system.

Help > About BluffTitler

Shows general information.