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Transition Options

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The Transition Options inspector lets you select type, duration, and other parameters for the transitions between slides. To change the transition for multiple slides at once, select the slides in the Storyboard/Timeline and choose the desired transition type in the inspector. Depending on the chosen type, additional parameters are shown as appropriate.

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The Transition Options inspector opens automatically when you double-click a transition in the Storyboard/Timeline.

Type

Choose from a list of several transition categories. Many transitions can be customized with additional parameters.

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You can also change the transition type by right clicking on a transition icon directly in the Storyboard/Timeline.

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You can also change the transition type by right clicking on a transition icon directly in the Storyboard/Timeline.

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The transition type affects both image and audio. For example, if you use a dissolve transition, and below that transition are two consecutive audio items in the Storyboard/Timeline, those audio items will be crossfaded. The table below lists each transition type and how it affects image and audio.

Cut
Simply cuts from the outgoing slide to the incoming one.
Audio: Cut

Fade
Fades out the outgoing slide and fades in the incoming slide.
Audio: Audio behavior: Fade out/in

Dissolve
Cross dissolves from the outgoing slide to the incoming slide.
Audio: Crossfade

Linear Wipe
Creates a wipe effect between the outgoing and incoming slide. Parameters are softness (0%-100%) and angle (0°-360°). Softness 0% creates hard edges, while 100% produces a soft edged effect that almost looks like a dissolve.
Audio: Crossfade

Circular Wipe
Creates a round wipe effect between the outgoing and incoming slide. Parameters are softness (0%-100%) and direction, which can be inward or outward.
Audio: Crossfade

Angular Wipe
Creates a ‘clock-like’ wipe effect between the outgoing and incoming slide. There is one additional parameter: direction, which can be left (counterclockwise) or right (clockwise).
Audio: Crossfade

Slide
Slides the incoming slide over the outgoing one. You can choose the direction of the slide effect in 90° increments (up, down, right, left).
Audio: Crossfade

Push
The incoming slide pushes the outgoing slide out of sight. You can choose the direction of the slide effect in 90° increments (up, down, right, left). The 3D option first pushes the image away before moving it over.
Audio: Crossfade

Twirl
Creates an effect similar to flushing the outgoing slide down the toilet. There is one additional parameter: direction, which can be left (counterclockwise) or right (clockwise).
Audio: Fade out/in

Flip
3D effect that flips over the outgoing slide to reveal the incoming slide on the backside.
Audio: Fade out/in

Blinds
Transitions from the outgoing to the incoming slides with a venetian blinds effect. You can choose the direction in 90° increments (up, down, right, left).
Audio: Crossfade

Cube
The images of the outgoing and incoming slides are displayed on the faces of a cube. The transition rotates the cube, so that the current slide is moved out of sight, while the next slide is moved into sight. You can choose the direction of the slide effect in 90° increments (up, down, right, left).
Audio: Crossfade

Shuffle
Moves the incoming slide from the back to the front, thus covering the outgoing slide.
Audio: Crossfade

Thumb Through
Moves the incoming slide from the back to the front, thus covering the outgoing slide. Similar to thumbing through a stack of photos.
Audio: Crossfade

Zoom
Zooms from the current slide to the next slide. Parameters are zoom factor (2×-1000x) and zoom direction, which can be in or out.
Audio: Crossfade

Aperture
Simulates a camera lens aperture (iris) effect. A short duration of 0.5 to 1s work well for this transition.
Audio: Fade out/in

Flash
Simulates a camera flash effect by overexposing images. A short duration of 0.5s works best for this transition.
Audio: Fade out/in

Pixelate
Makes the outgoing slide more pixelated while making the incoming slide less pixelated. | Crossfade |

Broken TV
Simulates the effect of a collapsing picture of a broken old television. Works best with a duration of 3s and a blank slide afterwards.
Audio: Fade out/in

Duration

Drag the Duration slider to set the time that the transition will take to complete. Changing the transition duration does not change the total duration of the slideshow. In Timeline view, you can see the width of the transition interval updating in real-time.

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The transition duration cannot be longer than the slide duration. If you want a longer transition duration, you also need to increase the slide duration. Please pay attention to yellow warning triangles in the Storyboard/Timeline and click on them to read the explanation why some duration combinations are problematic.

Other Options

Depending on the type of transition, you may get more options. Use these parameters to further customize your transition.

  • Angle
  • Direction
  • Softness
  • Amount
  • 3D
  • Shadow

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