The Main Menu

The Main Menu bar appears either at the top of the screen on Apple's OS X...


...or inside the main containing window on Microsoft Windows. Both offer the same commands.


File Menu

New > New Substance - Creates a new, empty, Substance.

Open... - Open an existing Substance or Substance Package.

Recent Packages - Displays a list of recently opened Packages. Click on an entry to open it.

Save All - Saves all open Substances and Packages.

Reload Resources - Forces Substance Designer to reload all resources, including bitmaps and SVG data.

Reset - Reset Substance Designer to its default state.

Exit - Close Substance Designer.

Edit Menu

Undo - Undo last operation.

Redo - Redo last undone operation.

Tools Menu

Suspend Engine - Suspends the rendering engine. This can speed up editing of complex Substance graphs.

Flush Rendering Cache - Substance Designer caches the results of rendering each node to speed up later renders. Flushing the cache forces re-rendering of every node in the Substance graph.

Switch Engine... - Offers a choice of rendering engines, including multiple DirectX engines (Windows) and OpenGL (OS X) as well as the reference software ("SSE") engine.

Remote Engines... - Lets you select a rendering engine running on another computer to spread the rendering work.

Locate Player... - If you wish to use Substance Designer's integration with Substance Player, use this to tell Designer where Player is installed.

Preferences... - Opens the Preferences dialog box. (See Preferences section for details.) This dialog is accessed from the Substance Designer menu on OS X.

Windows Menu

New Explorer - Opens a new Explorer tab.

New 3D View - Opens a new 3D View tab.

Reset Layout - Resets the workspace to the default layout.

Packages - Show / hide the Packages panel.

Graphs - Show / hide the Graphs panel.

Parameters - Show / hide the Parameters panel.

3D Views- Show / hide the 3D Views panel.

2D Views- Show / hide the 2D Views panel.

Gallery- Show / hide the Gallery panel.

Help Menu

User Guide... - Shows the User Guide.

Shortcuts... - Shows a list of keyboard shortcuts.

Samples - Lets you choose where to install the sample Substances.

Tutorials - Opens up the Tutorials section of the Allegorithmic website.

Substance Store - Opens your default web browser to Allegorithmic's Substance Store.

Welcome Screen... - Re-opens the Substance Designer Welcome dialog box.

About Substance Designer... - Displays information about Substance Designer.

Report a Bug... - Opens the bug report page on the Allegorithmic website.