Carousel Action

Hello
After reading about the Carousel Action, I downloaded, installed and eventually got the action to work for me. As usual for me though, I have a question that hopefully someone else may have encountered and formulated a solution for.
Carousel seems to work by placing items over each other and then applying the action rotates them in that delightful carousel motion.
My question is, say for example there was a ‘stack’ (for want of a better word) of 10 items each featuring an image and text (which are embedded in an HTML box), would there be an easy way of getting back to item 4 in the stack without dismantling the entire stack?
The only way I can think how to do this would be to have a duplicate set of the HTML boxes on a separate page for editing purposes… but that seems a rather inelegant solution.
Thanks!
David B


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On Dec 1, 2007, at 12:03 PM, David B wrote:

Hello
After reading about the Carousel Action, I downloaded, installed
and eventually got the action to work for me. As usual for me
though, I have a question that hopefully someone else may have
encountered and formulated a solution for.
Carousel seems to work by placing items over each other and then
applying the action rotates them in that delightful carousel motion.
My question is, say for example there was a ‘stack’ (for want of a
better word) of 10 items each featuring an image and text (which
are embedded in an HTML box), would there be an easy way of getting
back to item 4 in the stack without dismantling the entire stack?
The only way I can think how to do this would be to have a
duplicate set of the HTML boxes on a separate page for editing
purposes… but that seems a rather inelegant solution.
Thanks!
David B

The simplest way to select something in a stack for editing is to use
the Site panel in Freeway. If you click on the header of the site
panel, or use the cog menu at the bottom to select Show Items, you
will change over to Item view. (Another click changes it back, or use
the cog to select Show Pages.)

With the site panel now showing all elements on your page, you should
see an indented list of all the elements that you have grouped
together in your carousel. The carousel action will be applied to the
parent group, so you should be able to spot it in the list by its
little action-cog icon.

Clicking on any of the element names in the list will cause the item
itself to highlight in the layout pane, and if you then press Return
on your keyboard, that element will become editable, even if it is
buried deep in the stack.

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The simplest way to select something in a stack for editing is to use
the Site panel in Freeway. If you click on the header of the site
panel, or use the cog menu at the bottom to select Show Items, you
will change over to Item view. (Another click changes it back, or use
the cog to select Show Pages.)

With the site panel now showing all elements on your page, you should
see an indented list of all the elements that you have grouped
together in your carousel. The carousel action will be applied to the
parent group, so you should be able to spot it in the list by its
little action-cog icon.

Clicking on any of the element names in the list will cause the item
itself to highlight in the layout pane, and if you then press Return
on your keyboard, that element will become editable, even if it is
buried deep in the stack.

Walter

Thanks Walter. I was aware of the site panel and its ability to show page elements but applying it to solve this hadn’t occurred to me.
I have not tried it yet but I’m sure that’ll work!
Thanks
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Where can we download the carousel action?

Bill

On Dec 1, 2007, at 9:26 AM, David B wrote:

The simplest way to select something in a stack for editing is to use
the Site panel in Freeway. If you click on the header of the site
panel, or use the cog menu at the bottom to select Show Items, you
will change over to Item view. (Another click changes it back, or use
the cog to select Show Pages.)

With the site panel now showing all elements on your page, you should
see an indented list of all the elements that you have grouped
together in your carousel. The carousel action will be applied to the
parent group, so you should be able to spot it in the list by its
little action-cog icon.

Clicking on any of the element names in the list will cause the item
itself to highlight in the layout pane, and if you then press Return
on your keyboard, that element will become editable, even if it is
buried deep in the stack.

Walter

Thanks Walter. I was aware of the site panel and its ability to
show page elements but applying it to solve this hadn’t occurred to
me.
I have not tried it yet but I’m sure that’ll work!
Thanks
David


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Hi BillMac
You can download it here:
freewaypro.com/actions/downloads/protaculous.fwactionb.zip


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thanks David

On Dec 1, 2007, at 10:01 AM, David B wrote:

Hi BillMac
You can download it here:
freewaypro.com/actions/downloads/protaculous.fwactionb.zip


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Sometime around 1/12/07 (at 12:03 -0500) David B said:

My question is, say for example there was a ‘stack’ (for want of a
better word) of 10 items each featuring an image and text (which are
embedded in an HTML box), would there be an easy way of getting back
to item 4 in the stack without dismantling the entire stack?

Walter’s already suggested using the Site panel to view all items on
a page. There’s another way too, one that’s been in Freeway for a
very long time indeed., and is a logical equivalent of (and
improvement on) a QuarkXPress keyboard shortcut known and loved by
hard-core DTP pros all around the world…

Select the top item in your stack. Note the name or other parameters
shown in the Inspector palette.

Now hold down the command (Apple) key and the option (alt) key and
click the stack. This selects the item immediately below the
current selected item. You should be able to tell that this has
happened by checking the details in the Inspector palette.

Command-option-click again, and you will have selected the next one
down. Successive command-option clicks carry on through your stack.
When you reach the end and keep command-option-clicking, you’ll end
up with nothing selected (or the page ‘selected’ if you prefer to
think of it in that way), and then the top-most item again.

Make sure each item has an appropriate name, and you’ll have no
trouble keeping track of which item’s selected at any moment.

And now a couple of tips that build on this trick:

If for some reason you want to have multiple items in the stack
selected, hold down the shift key as well as the command and option
keys. This keeps the current item selected as well as selecting the
next item below.

If you’re dealing with stacked text boxes and you want to edit the
contents of one, just hit the enter or return key. This ‘opens’ the
selected text box for editing, which displays the text being edited
above other items even though the text frame itself isn’t shuffled in
the stack. Very, very useful if you have graphic text rollovers. :slight_smile:

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