6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 28, 2007 8:03 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Help making a slideshow

    ajrobson
      I am very new to director and lingo, I have a movie and on the stage i have some text, buttons and music playing in the background. What i want to is also have a slide show which will loop over a series of images. Can somebody help me or point me in the right direction to do this as i have searched online but cannot find what i am looking for.
      Thank you for any help
        • 1. Re: Help making a slideshow
          Level 7
          You have searched? Hard to believe

          This is not a question for the Lingo forum. Do you want to do it the
          easiest way or is this a Lingo exercise? If it's the latter then try this
          in one sprite that spans any number of frames. You don not need to name the
          cast members in "slideShow"

          Create a new castlib named "slideShow" with only the images you want to use
          in the slide show and put them in the order you want. Then put the first
          one on stage and create a behavior on it with the following.

          property pS, spriteNum, pTimer, pDuration, pSlideTotal

          on beginSprite me
          pS = sprite (spriteNum)
          pDuration = 1 * 1000
          -- the 5 is the number of seconds each slide
          -- will be on the stage
          pTimer = the milliseconds + pDuration
          pSlideTotal = the number of members of castLib "slideShow"
          end

          on exitFrame me
          if the milliseconds > pTimer then
          pTimer = the milliseconds + pDuration
          memNum = pS.memberNum
          newMemNum = memNum + 1
          if newMemNum > the number of members of castLib "slideShow" then
          newMemNum = 1
          end if
          pS.member = member (newMemNum, "slideShow")
          end if
          end







          --
          Craig Wollman
          Lingo Specialist
          Word of Mouth Productions
          212-928-9581

          www.wordofmouthpros.com
          "ajrobson" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:epfn7f$k2e$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          >I am very new to director and lingo, I have a movie and on the stage i have
          > some text, buttons and music playing in the background. What i want to is
          > also
          > have a slide show which will loop over a series of images. Can somebody
          > help me
          > or point me in the right direction to do this as i have searched online
          > but
          > cannot find what i am looking for.
          > Thank you for any help
          >


          • 2. Re: Help making a slideshow
            Level 7
            Hi Ajrobson,

            First, when you post to the forum, give as much information as possible about the
            result you want, how you're doing it currently, and what's not working. If you're
            vague, then people may misunderstand what you're asking and you won't get the
            answer you're looking for.

            Craig gave a possible solution based on certain assumptions on his part. He also
            mentioned that this question doesn't seem to belong in the Lingo forum. There are 4
            Adobe forums for Director -
            * Basics - for general and beginner questions
            * Lingo - for anything programming oriented
            * 3D - for 3D related enquiries
            * Multiunser - for multiuser related enquiries

            So, think about which is most suited to your type of question. Occasionally people
            may post a question in the wrong category, which is OK but your chances of getting
            the answer you're after will be that much higher when your question is clear and is
            in the right forum.

            All that being said, a non Lingo answer to your question may be just to create a
            film loop out of your images, which you can set to loop.

            I have a set of beginner tutorials at:
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director/
            There is a mention of film loops in the 4th one:
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director/animation/tut4.asp

            Anyway, wish you all the best with your project.

            regards
            Dean

            Director Lecturer / Consultant
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
            http://www.multimediacreative.com.au


            • 3. Re: Help making a slideshow
              ajrobson Level 1
              "You have searched? Hard to believe" Why is that hard to believe? i searched on google for lingo code to make a slide show, anyway thanks for the reply why is this not for the lingo forum? the slideshow is created using lingo.

              @ Dean Utian thank you the site looks very good and i am sure i will be visiting it a lot in the next few days, as someone who is very experienced in the art of making director movies can i just ask what your stance is on slideshows, the example one above just slides over each image without letting the user stop, pause or navigate, in your opinion would you have buttons that let a user do this or just lets the images loop around?

              i'll explain my project before you answer, it is a interactive history of james bond so each movie has its own page with the theme playing and a voice over telling the user the plot (text is also on screen with the plot) there are various links to movie clips, cast and crew etc. I also have a slide show going over stills from the movie, in this instance would you have navigation buttons or simply let the images loop?

              Thank you for your help
              -ajrobson-
              • 4. Re: Help making a slideshow
                Level 7
                Hi Ajrobson,

                Just on the forum classification again - don't worry too much about it, but
                generally the Lingo forum is for more advanced Lingo. Some basic Lingo, things that
                could be used with your slideshow, could be asked in Basics.

                Anyway...

                Generally, it is a good idea to give the user control of the presentation speed. In
                fact, in my lecture on Usability I specify this as being a rule of good usability
                design. So, in a slide show, that would include giving the user the ability to
                pause, go back, forward at his/her own pace. There may be situations where you'd
                like to jut have an animated sequence of graphics that just plays without user
                interaction.

                In your situation, where the main part of the presentation is exploring various
                slides, it would make sense to allow the user to control the speed. However, if
                say the voice-over was synchronized to certain images, you don't want the user to
                pause because you'd like the whole section to play in one go and have the right
                sound - graphics synchronization, then in that case you may remove the pause type
                control.

                To create a slide show in a very simple context, you can create series of markers
                in the Score, set up each slide at each marker, and just have buttons that jump
                from one marker to the next. My tutorials cover this technique. This is the most
                basic way of creating navigation and I'd suggest you build strong understanding of
                these concepts before diving into a more complex Lingo solution like what Craig
                suggested.

                By the way, I'm a James Bond fan, have seen every movie made. So, I may have to
                look at your final presentation;)

                regards
                Dean

                Director Lecturer / Consultant
                http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                http://www.multimediacreative.com.au


                • 5. Re: Help making a slideshow
                  ajrobson Level 1
                  Thank you for the reply, i will look over your site in the morning and get working on the slideshow, i have also seen every bond movie even the rubbish casino royale of 67 lol and even james bond jr ( the also rubbish cartoons lol )

                  Thank again
                  -ajrobson-
                  • 6. Re: Help making a slideshow
                    Level 7
                    I said that because in 10 seconds, I found, on Google, what you were looking
                    for. Many here in the forum get frustrated when someone doesn't put a bit
                    of effort into finding a solution before posting. I'm sorry if I'm assuming
                    you didn't look or if your "googling" skills aren't up to par, but like I
                    said, I found an answer immediately.



                    --
                    Craig Wollman
                    Lingo Specialist
                    Word of Mouth Productions
                    212-928-9581

                    www.wordofmouthpros.com
                    "ajrobson" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                    news:epgogp$pnf$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                    > "You have searched? Hard to believe" Why is that hard to believe? i
                    > searched
                    > on google for lingo code to make a slide show, anyway thanks for the reply
                    > why
                    > is this not for the lingo forum? the slideshow is created using lingo.
                    >
                    > @ Dean Utian thank you the site looks very good and i am sure i will be
                    > visiting it a lot in the next few days, as someone who is very experienced
                    > in
                    > the art of making director movies can i just ask what your stance is on
                    > slideshows, the example one above just slides over each image without
                    > letting
                    > the user stop, pause or navigate, in your opinion would you have buttons
                    > that
                    > let a user do this or just lets the images loop around?
                    >
                    > i'll explain my project before you answer, it is a interactive history of
                    > james bond so each movie has its own page with the theme playing and a
                    > voice
                    > over telling the user the plot (text is also on screen with the plot)
                    > there are
                    > various links to movie clips, cast and crew etc. I also have a slide show
                    > going
                    > over stills from the movie, in this instance would you have navigation
                    > buttons
                    > or simply let the images loop?
                    >
                    > Thank you for your help
                    > -ajrobson-
                    >
                    >