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Tools For ProShow (Update)

ProShow has considerable capability to which Photodex does not provide direct access. That is the domain of the expert, according to Photodex. So, if you want to access that capability, if you even know it exists, you are on your own. Tools For ProShow provide access to much of that capability. ProShow’s cropping tool is minimalistic. Its outlining capabilities are very limited and have not changed much since the program was first introduced. The rotate center function, first introduced in version 4, was meant to allow the rotation of a layer on something other than layer center. Photodex’s implementation provided access to points only within the layer boundaries. First introduced around mid-April 2010, the function has not changed since then. The program doesn’t tell you how wide or tall your layer is. That is something you must figure out for yourself, if you know how. When you rotate a layer on a rotate center value, ProShow does not tell you where that layer really is. The layer’s pan setting is based on where the layer’s center is … unless the layer is rotated off around a point that is different than layer center. The result is a misreported layer position. Sometimes it’s important to know exactly where that rotated layer is located.

Tools for ProShow addresses all of these issues and then some. When first introduced, there were only 9 tools in the toolkit. Now, there are over 25 different tools. Many of the tools are usable in both ProShow Gold and Producer. Only those tools related to modifiers or the case where a change in zoom occurs in each axis are not applicable. In fact, the Layer: Outlines/Frames tool provides the means to use graphics as outline layers similar to what Producer can do natively. It also gives tools to create a graphic that works as a frame. The outlining capability within Gold is next to useless.

I released a new version near the end of June. That was v11.21. I continued making various changes. 88 changes later, v11.33a was released. Some of the changes were cosmetic. Others were a re-working of the equations to provide more accurate information over a more diverse range of settings. For others, the tools were enhanced, becoming more robust. Many changes were under the hood changes.

A new tool was provided to tell how much space is to each side of a layer.

The Layer Outlines/Frames was significantly reworked. It should prove easier to use and understand. The Cropping tool was enhanced slightly. The Findings tools of Cover Layer during Rotation and Largest Width during rotation were reworked considerably. They now work for all scales and layer aspects. The Width & Height, Zoom tool was enhanced slightly.

Each layer has an angle that provides the widest presentation on the screen. This information depends upon the layer’s aspect. That information is now provided in the Layer: Aspect/Dimensions section and the Layer: Outlines/Frames tools. You never know when that information might prove helpful.

I hope you find the toolkit found in Tools For ProShow useful.


Images Hang Line V2 — A Variable Length Clothesline Effect

The initial versions of the 3 Clothesline style (Images Hang Line 1’s, Images Hang Line 2’s, and Images Hang Line 3’s) featured a large white border, like older Polaroid pictures. Within this frame, images could be resized and panned.

In this 2nd version, the large white constraining border was removed from the 3 clothesline styles. The images are now unconstrained by any mask. You specify the image’s final size.  All other features and capabilities are the same in this revision.

These effect’s flexibility (all 6 Clothesline styles) is considerable and unprecedented to any other Clothesline Effect:

  • An 8 Image carousel quickly becomes a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 image carousel with a few settings changes.
  • Assign a caption to each image, if desired.
  • Change the images travel direction:  Right to Left or Left to Right.
  • Mix Landscape with Portrait oriented images in the same carousel
  • Add rotation and/or tilt to each image separately. Make them look like they’re flapping in the wind if you want!
  • Replace the clothesline (hang line) with a different one (or remove it altogether)
  • Replace the clothes pin (image holder) with a different one
  • Change the background to one of your choosing
  • Adjust the Clothesline (Hang Line), Image Hanger, and/or Images up or down on the screen, as desired


Carousels V

Carousels V is a set of 8 styles for 4 different carousels, three of which are extensible.

Three years ago I created a style I called Lazy Susan, an extensible 4 image carousel that used portrait and landscape images in the same carousel. Lazy Susan 2 is a complete revision that improves upon the original by, among other things, adding the tilt feature to give a more 3D-like appearance while rotating the next image into view (while still retaining backwards compatibility to Producer v4), better image border/framing, and the rotation direction is now reversible. The update also made some name changes to the extender styles to make them more descriptive. The extender styles extend Lazy Susan 2 +1 (formerly Lazy Susan 2 Simple) extends the carousel by 1 image or while Lazy Susan 2 +3 (formerly Lazy Susan 3 Add) extends it by 3 images per slide.

I also created two other interesting carousel styles that use 2:3 aspect portrait images. 3 Image FlipStay flips through the 3 images in-place. 3 Image FlipRight is an extensible carousel designed for 2:3 portrait images, but accepts mixed image aspects. The images in this carousel flip while rotating into their next position. 3 Image FlipRight+ extends the carousel by 1 image per slide.

The last carousel, 5 (co)Talls is a 5-Image carousel that can display an extra 5 images next to each carousel image. They display over the carousel images queue. This variation is useful for displaying two different images in graduation, retirement, memorial, or birthday shows (for instance, a younger picture alongside one of the same guy today). Turn the display of the co-images off if you don’t want to use them. The side on which the images and captions are displayed is switchable. The style provides for 2 captions per image set (a carousel image with co-image or just a carousel image). Don’t need all 5 sets of captions? Turn off the caption(s) not needed (the caption box disappears too if both associated captions are turned off). The style accepts portrait images in the 2:3 and/or 3:4 aspect images. The extender style, 5 (co)Talls+, adds an image at a time to the carousel. Up to 16 variations are built into this single style.

So, take a look and let me know what you think.