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Map Options

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The Map Options inspector lets you change settings of selected map layers. You can make changes to multiple layers at once by selecting several layers in the Storyboard/Timeline before adjusting settings in the Map Options inspector.

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The Map Options inspector opens automatically when you double-click a map layer in the Storyboard/Timeline.

Route Segment

Start & End

If you defined a travel route for the selected map, then you can choose to restrict the animation to a segment of the whole route. Use the slider or numerical entry in the text fields to determine the start and end of the displayed segment. You can user the jogwheels to fine-tune the start and end points.

Animation Speed

If you do not want the route animation to start immediately when the map becomes visible, then adjust the animation speed curve to your liking. If necessary add additional points on the curve to achieve the desired effect.

  • Hold the key and click on the curve to add a new point
  • Hold the key and click on an existing point to delete it
  • Click and drag an existing point to move it

Route Head

Icon

  • Click on any of the included icons, to display that icon at the head of the route.
  • Click on … if you want to load your own icon. PNG files with alpha work best.
  • If you do not want any animated icon at the head of the travel route, then click on the dashed square (first icon in the list).

Size

Determines the size of the chosen icon.

Rotates

Check this option, to orient the icon according to travel direction. This is useful for icons seen from above, e.g. airplane, arrow, car from top.

Flips

Check this option if the icon should be flipped left/right according to travel direction. This is useful for icons that should appear upright, like person, cyclists, etc.

Colorize

Check this option if the icon should have a color other than black.

Route Style

Line Color

Determines the color of the travel route line.

Line Style

Choose from several different line styles: solid, dotted, or dashed.

Line Width

Determines the width of the travel route line

Waypoint Style

If the travel route contains waypoints, or if standalone locations where defined in the Map Assistant then the following settings are relevant.

Fill Color

Determines the fill color of waypoints or location points.

Stroke Color

Determines the stroke color of waypoints or location points.

Point Size

Determines the diameter of the waypoint dots.

Stroke Width

If larger than 0, then the waypoint dots will have an additional outline stroke.

Opacity

Click on the disclosure triangle to reveal the opacity curve. Adjust the opacity curve if you don’t want a layer to be visible during the whole duration of a slide.

The yellow sections of the bar represent the transition intervals. Add curve points and move them as appropriate to create the desired opacity curve.

  • Hold the key and click on the curve to add a new point
  • Hold the key and click on an existing point to delete it
  • Click and drag an existing point to move it

The action popup contains several preset for commonly needed opacity curves:

  • Constant
  • Fade in
  • Fade out
  • Fade in/out

Animation Speed

Click on the disclosure triangle to reveal the animation speed curve. When animation is enabled in the Slide Options, you can use the animation speed curve to fine tune animation timing.

The bar represents the total time a layer is visible. The yellow sections of the bar represent the transition intervals. Add curve points and move them as appropriate to create the desired animation speed curve.

  • Hold the key and click on the curve to add a new point
  • Hold the key and click on an existing point to delete it
  • Click and drag an existing point to move it

The following curve uses constant 100% speed throughout the layer’s lifetime:

If you want to wait for while before starting the animation and then slowly ease-in before reaching full animation speed, use a curve like this:

If you want to animate at full speed, then slow down and show the final position for a while before transitioning to the next slide, use a curve like this:

You can also do more complex animations like a pause in the middle by creating the following speed curve:

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Grab the blue playhead triangle in the Storyboard/Timeline and drag it horizontally to scrub through the slideshow. That way you can evaluate the animation with high precision.

Effects

You can apply on or more effects to a map layer. This changes the visual appearance of the map, but the appearance of the animated travel route is not affected.

  • Click on the disclosure triangle to expand the effects list.
  • Click the checkbox next to an effect name to enable that effect for the selected layers.
  • Click on the disclosure triangle next to particular effect name to reveal its parameters. Here you can customise the effect.

Find out more about available effects in Using Effects and Effects

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