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Use multi-state objects to create Slide Shows

How to create a Slide Show?

Adding a slide show to your publication is a 2-step process:

  1. First you'll create a multi-state object that contains the different images ("slides") of your slide show
  2. Then you'll set the different display options in the Twixl Publisher palette

1. Creating a multi-state object

A multi-state object for your slide show can be created via the Window -> Interactive -> Object States palette.

To create a multi-state object, place a number of images in your document and align them in a stack. then select them all, and click the "New" button in the Object States panel to create a multi-state object. You can also change the order of the images in the slide show.

Creating a muti-state object

2. Setting the parameters for your slide show

After you have created a multi-state object, the relevant interactive options can be accessed from the Slide Show part of the Twixl Publisher palette.

Options for your Slide Show

2.1. Analytics Name

Allows you to add a trackable name for the Slide Show.

2.2. Transition Style

Allows you to select a transition when changing slides.

2.3. Duration

Sets the duration of the transition in seconds.

2.4. Show Scroll View Indicator

Shows page indicators - i.e. when you select this option a semi-transparent layer will be added at the bottom of your slide show to indicate the number of pictures. You can control the look of this layer by selecting the background color and its opacity, as well as the active and inactive page colors.

2.5. Allow Swiping To Change States

Controls whether a user can scroll through the slide show.

2.6. Allow Full Screen View

Double-tapping a slide show toggles a full screen view of the slide show. Keep in mind that if you want to provide a full screen slide show, the images should be available at a full screen resolution, i.e. more or less 132 ppi at a 1024 x 768 resolution.

2.7. Tap to play/pause

Allows a user to start/stop automatic playback of a slide show. You can change the default interval of 3 seconds, and select the "Loop" option to have a continuous playback of the slide show as long as the user remains on the same page.

2.8. Auto Play

Will start the slide show automatically after the user navigates to this page. You can change the default interval of 3 seconds (must be a minimum of 0.1 seconds), define a delay if you do not want the slide show to start immediately, and select the "Loop" option to have a continuous playback of the slide show as long as the user remains on the same page.

2.9. Loop

This option is available only when "Tap to play/pause" or "Auto Play" are active. It provides a continuous playback of the slide show as long as the user remains on the same page.

2.10. Export As

If you are exporting your publication in PDF format, then setting this option is irrevelant. If you export as JPG, then make sure to always export your slide show images as 'Nontransparent' (JPG), unless you are using transparency in your slide shows, then you will need to use 'Transparent' (PNG).

3. Exporting slide shows, how does that work exactly ?

When exporting slides from a slide show, the plug-in exports each image of the multi-state as a separate image.

Depending on your settings, this can be done in different ways:

  • Export to a PDF-based publication: in this case the slides will be exported as transparent PDFs
  • Export to a JPG-based publication:
    • if the slide show option “Export As” is set to “Transparent”, the slides will be exported as transparent PNG files.
    • if the slide show option “Export As” is set to “Non-transparent”, the slides will be exported as non-transparent JPG files.

All non-interactive content (such as text beneath the slide show) is exported as a single PDF or JPG file, and will become the base layer of your page, on which the rest of the interactive elements will be placed. See also

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Be aware that slide shows that are exported as non-transparent will cover text beneath it, as the first slide will display a white area.

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