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Slide Options

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

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

Animation

Enabling animation will apply a Pan & Zoom effect (also known as Ken Burns effect) to all layers of a slide. Animation can be turned on with the Enabled checkbox in, or menu commands available in the Animation submenu in the Slideshow and various context menus. When enabled the Stage will display the selected slide twice: the start of the animation on the left side, and the finish of the animation on the right side. FotoMagico will the layers between those two positions in real-time.

Duration

The duration determines the speed of the animation. A long duration leads to slow animations, a short duration to very fast animations. If the Continue type is set to “After Duration”, then it also determines how long the slide is shown before the slideshow advances to the next slide.

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The duration slider lets you go up to 60s. If you need longer durations, then enter it numerically in the text field.

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The slide duration cannot be shorter than the transition duration of the preceding slide. If you need a shorter duration for a given slide, you need to decrease the amount of time for the transition of the preceding slide.

Continue

The Continue type determines how and when the slideshow advances to the next slide. There are several options:

  • After Duration – The slide will be shown for the specified duration before advancing to the next slide. Set the slide duration with the Duration slider or by entering numeric values in the text field.
  • Interactive – The slideshow will pause at the end of this slide until you press the key or mouse button to continue. Even though the slideshow is paused while waiting for the mouse click, audio continues to play in the background. In this case you may want the audio loop endlessly.
  • At Audio Marker – The slideshow advances to the next slide as soon as an active audio marker in the currently playing audio track is passed.

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The continue type is also displayed in the Storyboard/Timeline below each slide as the duration time, “→” or “♫”.

If you choose continue “At Audio Marker”, make sure the audio track contains enough audio markers, or your slideshow might get stuck. Read more about audio markers in Finetuning Timing and Using Audio.

Effects

Slide effects are applied to all layers of a slide. Find out more about available effects in Using Effects and Effects

  • 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 slides.
  • Click on the disclosure triangle next to particular effect name to reveal its parameters. Here you can customise the effect.

Info

  • Name – If you give a slide a name, it will be displayed in the Storyboard/Timeline above the slide, instead of the slides index number. The name does not have any effect for playback. It is simply an authoring tool you you to structure your slideshow, akin to chapters, but at a more fine grained level.

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Use chapters to structure your slideshow into macroscopic blocks. Then use slide names to structure each chapter into smaller sub-sections.

  • Notes – Use the text field to enter teleprompter notes for the selected slide. Using teleprompter notes helps you to remember your live narration during the slideshow. These notes will be displayed in the teleprompter during a live presentation. For more information, see Playing Slideshows guide-playback}.

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You can also use the notes field to enter notes or text to yourself about the slides during authoring. For example, “Replace this image with an updated photo.”

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