Sometime around 10/1/09 (at 08:20 -0500) SkipII said:
Should I create a master at this point or just keep copying working
pages? Will the core navigation bar work the same on each page I
create or is that what the master is for?
It is generally better to use a master page for this sort of thing
because it means you won’t have to go to every single page to make a
site-wide modification to the navigation bar.
The pages you have now are based on the default master page, which
will have no items on it at all. You can simply remove the navigation
bar from every page but one, then CUT it from the last page. Then go
to the Master1 page (which every ‘real’ page you have is based on)
and paste the navigation bar in place. This will make it appear on
every regular page.
The important thing to note is that putting something onto a master
page ADDS it to each page that’s based on that master. If you don’t
remove the nav bar from the regular pages first, then you’ll have two
copies of the navigation bar. (This may be what caused the confusion
when you experimented.) One item would be the original page-based
one, the other would be created through the master page.
An item that is on a master page will appear on each page based on
that master. Each instance is linked to the master page item in two
ways: content and settings. The settings refer to dimensions,
location, and object-level things such as actions. Content refers to
what the item might contain - basically text or image.
Changing an item’s position, size, etc. breaks the link to the master
age item - so changes made to the master page no longer affect it.
But this link can be reinstated by selecting the item on the page and
clicking the Use Master Settings checkbox in the Inspector palette.
The same thing goes for changing an item’s contents.
If I do create a master, am i better off trying to paste the
standard page elements onto the master on the same file, or create a
whole new file?
Make a new master page by dragging one of your regular pages to the
master page section of the Site panel. (Nifty trick, huh?)
Go through the new master page, removing any items and/or item
contents that are not relevant to all pages. For example, you would
keep the main text box for a layout but you’d probably delete the
text inside, or replace it with a snippet of placeholder text to show
the desired formatting.
Once you have genericised the new master page contents you can make
brand new pages from it. And once you’ve done this and given each new
page the right content you can delete the old pages.
Make sure your links are all correct (remember to do this on the
master page!) you should have a Freeway site document that uses
master pages far more efficiently than before.
Why is the whole roll-over grouoping not copying?
Are you selecting the actual group container or are you clicking
‘into’ the group and copying one of those items? This would explain
why things aren’t pasting where you expect them to. Freeway pastes
items so that they arrive in the same X,Y location on the page that
they came from… but items within a group container are positioned
relative to the container, not the page. So something in a group
could have a location of 0 pixels from the left and 0 pixels from the
top even though the group itself is placed 300 pixels across and 500
pixels down on the page.
Don’t despair! There is a thorough logic to how things work in
Freeway. You’re in the process of understanding it now, so things
will soon go much more smoothly.
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