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I add two elements to a master view, e.g. first an insert selection box and then a text element. For the text I choose any background color so that the background is not transparent. When I move the insert selection box over the text, it is behind the text. To bring it to the front, I click on the "Bring to front" icon. The Composer shows now the insert selection box in front of the text. But if I view it with Preview/View the insert selection box is behind the text. If I close the master view, the insert selection box is also behind the text :(

The same is true for "Send to back".

Note that it works correct if the elements are not in the master view.

I have the feeling that the last inserted element is shown on top.

by J Kirsch
Posted on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 14:31

Hello Lukas,

you encountered a behaviour that's not really a bug, but feels a bit 'unfortunate' if you don't know what happens behind the scenes.

In the very moment that you place a component on the mastertab, a 'proxy' component (let's say the working copy of it) is also placed on all existing tabs where the components should be visible. From that moment on the z-order of the component on the mastertab is independent of the z-order of its proxy components on the other tabs. That means you have the ability (and the need) to set the z-order for each mastertab-component on each tab individually.

What you do is to set z-order on the mastertab, then you leave the mastertab and immediately the z-order changes. That is because now you see the components in the z-order that is defined for tab1.

Still, we have picked up this as a bug and will improve the behaviour of MashZone. That means when you change z-order on the mastertab it will change the relative z-order between the mastertab-components on the other tabs _without_ messing up the z-order of the plain components on these tabs.




by Lukas Hundemer Author
Posted on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 20:07

Thanks. I was working with elements on the master tab only. It is a bit confusing when you change the z-order in the mastertab and it looks as if it has no effect. But indeed I have not noticed that I can change the z-order of mastertab elements in the normal view.


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