I’ve finally released a new version of Carousel that offers some important improvements over the previous version. With these improvements come changes in the core technique of applying the Action to your design.
THIS IS A BREAK-YOUR-PAGE UPGRADE!
Sorry for shouting… Seriously, don’t just upgrade and publish and expect your site to still work. It probably won’t even make it through publishing. Use this new version for new work. I’ll leave the old version in place for a while so you have both options.
New instructions for version 0.9 and later:
- Design your first pane where you want the Carousel to go. Draw a CSS-positioned HTML box, either use inline layout technique or child layout technique to create all of the elements of your pane within that first box.
- Apply the NEW Carousel Pane Action to this box, and check the “Position Carousel Here” checkbox in the Actions palette.
- Duplicate that first pane. You may use the old technique of stacking all elements in the same position if you like, but this is no longer necessary. You may drag the other panes to the pasteboard, to other parts of the page – it doesn’t matter at all where you place them. What DOES matter is that you only have one of the panes’ Position Here checkbox checked – all the rest of the panes in that group should have it off.
- When you have made all of the panes for your group, select them all and group them. Apply the Carousel Action to the group. You may change the direction of the effect (vertical or horizontal) and the rate at which it automatically cycles through changes (optional).
- Draw your forward and back buttons (graphic boxes only), apply the Carousel Button Action to them. You no longer have to group the buttons with the rest of the Carousel, you now choose which Carousel the button controls using the new Target picker. As before, set the direction for each button. (These buttons are optional, you can leave them off and rely on the auto-scroll, or you may use tabs, or put all three controls on for extra fun!)
- Add a tab graphic for direct navigation to each pane (optional). You may use the Rollover Action in conjunction with the tabs (kinda new) and you don’t need to group the tabs with the Carousel any more (entirely NEW). As with the buttons, there is a new Target picker which offers you a choice of all elements on the page that have the Carousel Pane Action applied to them.
Publish and enjoy!
Waiting in my bunker for the inevitable brickbats…
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