We can certainly help you with this.
Default settings can be adjusted from the Project screen after you log in. Use the cog icon in the bottom right hand corner:
You can assign the no hand option when you create a new scribe, by selecting it from the hands menu at the top of the canvas.
This will be the default hand for all elements in the project unless you assign a different to individual elements:
You can uncheck 'Zoom at end' during preview:
You can import an image and use it as a background the same way you would import another other image.
Ensure that this is the first element in the timeline and set Animate, pause and transition times to 0.0.
I'm still struggling with VS's simple interface - it feel like things are hiding in plain sight, but I can't figure out how to adjust them.
Does anyone know how to set up my default preferences so I don't have to keep:
Also - can you upload your own canvas image? Like, for example, a sketchbook background?