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2.1 Installing, New Documents, Saving

There are a couple of ways you can go about installing Gravit; each has its strengths and weaknesses. In this video we’ll cover how to decide which way is best for you, and from there we’ll step through the options available for creating new documents and saving them either locally or onto Gravit’s free cloud hosting.

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2.1 Installing, New Documents, Saving

Hey, I'm Kezz Bracey for Tuts+. Welcome to the first lesson of Gravit Designer Quick Start. We're gonna start right at the beginning here, by looking at the different options that you have when you're installing and getting Gravit Designer ready to use. The options that you have when you're creating new documents, and also a couple of different ways that you have available to save the documents that you're working on. All right, so first, we'll look at installation. Now, there are basically three different ways that you can go about accessing Gravit on a regular basis. One is, you can use it online, directly in the browser. Two is, you can use one of their desktop apps. Or three, you can use it as a Chrome Web Store app. So I'm just gonna show you through those options really quickly to help you decide which one of those you wanna use. So if you just wanna use it online as and when you need it, then you can head to designer.io. And then, up in the top-right corner, you can click this button here, Use it Online. And then the interface is just gonna open up right there in your browser tab. Now, if you want to use a desktop version, then you can just hit this Download button here. It'll scroll you all the way down. And then these are the operating systems that are supported right now. It's got excellent cross-platform support. No matter what type of system you're using, you're gonna be able to get a desktop version. So you just download the version for your operating system, and away you go. The third option is to head to the Chrome Web Store. Search for Gravit. And then you can install Gravit inside either Chrome or Chromium. And if you do that, the advantage is, you get a little icon here on your Apps page. And then that icon's also gonna be available to you through your Start menu or your application launcher, or for you to pin on your dock, for example. So now, which version to choose? What are the pros and cons of each of these versions? Right now, the best performance that you're gonna get out of Gravit is if you do use it in a browser. You're gonna see just a little bit more lag if you use the desktop versions. So if you do wanna go with a browser, well, it does allow you to use any browser you want to access it. Generally speaking, you're gonna be best off using Chrome or Chromium. Or you can just go to designer.io any time you wanna use the editor. If you find yourself wanting to use it on a regular basis, I would recommend going and installing it from the Chrome Web Store so that you get it in your system, running much like any other application. When you have it installed as an app like this, as I mentioned, it'll show up in your Start menu. You can put it on your dock. You can put an icon for it on your desktop. And when you run it, it's gonna look like this, without any browser tabs or any of the other UI that you would normally have in a browser instance. It's still running inside Chrome or Chromium. But it's just gonna feel a lot like working with a regular application. As for when you should use the desktop version, pretty much the major advantage that the desktop version has is access to your system fonts. If you're using the Chrome app or just using it in the browser, then you're gonna be working with Google fonts. And that's really good, to have access to those Google fonts. But if you also wanna have access to your system fonts, then you're probably gonna be better off using one of the desktop versions. All right, now let's have a quick look at our options for creating new documents. So on this first page here, that you'll see when you load up Gravit for the first time, you've got a bunch of different dimension presets. And these are super handy. So if you know you wanna do something for social media, for example, you can choose from a bunch of different sizes here. And you also, this is another thing that's very handy, have the option to leave the width and the height empty, and just have a completely infinite canvas. So you can just start putting down ideas. And then you can define your canvas size later, once you know where you're going. Or you can put in any other specific size in here, and then go ahead and create your document. You also have the ability to create a new document from a template. And to do this, you're gonna need a free cloud account with Gravit. So I'm just gonna go ahead and log in. And now that I'm logged in, you can see that we have a bunch of different templates that we can use as starter content. So there's no licensing on this that you need worry about. Everything is open slather. If it's in here, you can go ahead and use it. So all you have to do is just click on one of these categories. And then you get a whole bunch of different options that you can use to start your work with. These templates are a relatively new addition to Gravit, so I expect that they're gonna continue expanding that range for some time. So definitely come in and have a check on these on a regular basis and see what new stuff there is that you can work with. All right, so for now, just gonna go with an empty canvas so I can also show you how saving works in Gravit. Now, I'm already logged in to Gravit's cloud service, which means that, if I want, I have the option to save my documents to the cloud. And the advantages of that are pretty obvious. That means that I can then go to any computer, anywhere that's running Chrome or a compatible browser. And I can open up Gravit, and I can access my work. So once you've got something that you wanna save, if you wanna save to cloud, all you need to do is just go up here and choose Save to Cloud. Or just hit the Save option, and then choose Save to Cloud here. Now, if you just wanna save your file locally, then you wanna go to File and choose Save to file here. Or if you choose the regular Save option, which you can also activate with Ctrl+S, then you choose Save to file here. So to give us something to save, just gonna draw a quick rectangle out. I'll show you more about working with the tools a little later. And I'm gonna save this to the cloud. Just gonna call this BasicDoc, save that out. And now that I've saved that to the cloud, you can see that there is a little purple icon, pinky-purply colored, up here. And that indicates that cloud synchronization is active. And the synchronization is helpful because, let's say you have a document that you're predominantly working with offline. But you also have a copy saved on the cloud. Now, if you go to another computer and you open up your offline version of your document, then Gravit's synchronization function will compare the cloud-saved version and the version that you're trying to open up from your computer. And it will prompt you to let you know which one is the most recent version so you don't accidentally work on an older version, and to help you keep track of your changes as you go along. So now, going back to that initial window that we saw when we first opened up Gravit, these options here, you can see what they're referring to. So if you wanna open up the document that you've already saved to the cloud, then you can grab it from here. But if you have a local file, then you can hit this button here to open up. And the file format for Gravit Designer files is .gvdesign. So that covers all the most important things that you need to know about installing Gravit, choosing which way you wanna use it, creating new documents, and saving those documents. In the next lesson, we're gonna have a quick interface overview. We're not gonna be digging in, in any great depth. We're just gonna quickly show you around each portion of the interface. And we'll look at some of the key settings that you're gonna be working with, with Gravit. So I'll see you in the next lesson.

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