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Workspaces in Capture One are an easy way to customise the interface so that it makes the most sense to you. This could include elements such as:
– Making your favourite tools easily accessible
– Changing the layout and content of the toolbar
– Making different workspaces for different tasks (Importing, Editing, Shooting, Focus Checking)
By streamlining the interface, your favorite functions and options can be found quickly and easily. Different tasks will also require focus on different parts of the software. For example, whilst selecting images from a shoot, it is not necessary to have the Tools on display, thereby creating more screen real estate for image viewing.
Building and Saving a Workspace
The default workspace in Capture One Pro 6 looks like this:
Many elements of the Workspace can be changed – among others:
– Contents of the Toolbar
– Adding / Removing Tools from a Tool Tab
– Changing the position of Tools in a Tool Tab
– Adding / Removing Tool Tabs or Creating Custom Tools Tabs
– Creating floating windows
– Position of the Browser and Tools
Customizing the Toolbar
Right-Click on the Toolbar and choose Customize Toolbar.
This will bring up the following menu:
Then you can simply drag and drop the required icons from the available selection into the toolbar to match your needs.
Customizing Tool Tabs
To add a new Tool Tab to the interface, right-click on the Tool Tab Area and choose Add Tool Tab. A list of the Tool Tabs that have not yet been added will be shown in the menu.
Choose one of the available ones and it will be added to the Tool Tab area.
Note – the Tool Tab area can also be increased or decreased in size by click dragging on the edge of the Tool Area.
You can also change the order of the Tool Tabs to fit your unique workflow. Just Cmd-click and drag the icons to change the order of the Tool Tabs. If you want to add a tool to the currently open Tool Tab, you can Right-Click on the Tool Tab itself and choose Add Tool.
Finally, when you are happy with your new Workspace, choose Window>Workspace>Save Workspace.
The Workspaces can be accessed from the same menu or by using the Workspace icon on the toolbar.
Learn more about working the workspace in this tutorial
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I do love the ability to customize my workspace , but this is overshadowed buy the overwriting of my custom workspaces everytime there is a C1 update. It would be nice to maintain multiple custom workspaces after an update, not have them renamed and left with only one of them.
Thanks for pointing this out. What’s the point of making a song and dance of being able to customize workspaces if they’re lost after an update? I would think this is essential given the ‘professional’ aspects of C1 and the price!
You are correct in a way. We had a bug that meant that workspaces were not ported when you upgraded Capture One on Windows, due to some technicalities with the .NET framework that Capture One is based on. The effect was that any customized workspaces created in Capture One before version 6.2 where lost when upgrading. That is fixed now and if the custom workspace is created in Capture One 6.2 or later, they are still present when upgrading the application.
I hope this helps,
All the best,