Carousel Loop Or Stop

We are using Walt’s Carousel action for the first time… super cool, so many possibilities. We have two questions.

  1. Is there a way to make the carousel button stop when it reaches the last pane instead of zipping back through all panes?

  2. Is there a setting to stop the carousel from zipping back through all panes when it auto plays. Would prefer it to loop, last pane to first, no zip back through?

Look Forward to your response, TeamSDA_Dave


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Number 2 is a very often requested addition, but it’s not possible in
the current incarnation of the Carousel. Number 1 is a new one on me.
You want the auto-scroll behavior to happen once through all options
and then stop? I think that might be something I could hack into it,
or that I could walk you through adding to your page.

Walter

On Jan 27, 2011, at 10:57 PM, TeamSDA wrote:

We are using Walt’s Carousel action for the first time… super
cool, so many possibilities. We have two questions.

  1. Is there a way to make the carousel button stop when it reaches
    the last pane instead of zipping back through all panes?

  2. Is there a setting to stop the carousel from zipping back through
    all panes when it auto plays. Would prefer it to loop, last pane to
    first, no zip back through?

Look Forward to your response, TeamSDA_Dave


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Hi Walt,

Yes all of my requests relate mostly to the fact that the carousel zips back when it reaches the end. Even if it did loop there are navigation reasons for wanting item 2 for certon creative applications. We would love to see the loop feature and would be willing to make a donation to help compensate for development time.

You have actually brought up an interesting point regarding stopping the auto scroll. I was actually referring to the advance buttons. Let me re address the needs based on all functions including auto scroll.

2a. Advance buttons to stop advancing when they reach the end pain associated with the direction they have been assigned

2b. Auto scroll to only scroll once and stop


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Hi Walt,

Would it be possible to add feature buttons to the action parts so as to allow for items 2a and 2b of my previous post?

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I could probably add a checkbox next to the Auto-Scroll field that
says “Once only” or something like that.

It’s a bit more involved for the previous/next buttons. For those, I
have to hook into the function that the next and previous buttons
call, because it is the part of the script that decides what to do
when the button is pressed, and it looks at the list of possible
targets, sees if it’s at the end, and if so, pushes back to the start
or end depending on the direction you’re moving in.

I am not sure if this latter effect can happen in this version, or if
it will need to wait until I fundamentally rewrite the JavaScript
effect.

Walter

On Jan 29, 2011, at 12:24 PM, TeamSDA wrote:

Hi Walt,

Would it be possible to add feature buttons to the action parts so
as to allow for items 2a and 2b of my previous post?

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Hi Walt,

We would love these features… You do so much for this community, let us know if there is a way we can give back to you.

Team SDA_Dave


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Hi Walt,

In the meantime do you have a hack that can get items 2a & 2b working?

Thanks, TeamSDA_Dave


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This will fix these two for you.

Add it in a script block using the Page / HTML Markup dialog, in the
Before section. A script block is just this:

<script type="text/javascript">
//paste the code here, replacing this comment
</script>

Walter

On Jan 28, 2011, at 12:43 PM, TeamSDA wrote:

Hi Walt,

Yes all of my requests relate mostly to the fact that the carousel
zips back when it reaches the end. Even if it did loop there are
navigation reasons for wanting item 2 for certon creative
applications. We would love to see the loop feature and would be
willing to make a donation to help compensate for development time.

You have actually brought up an interesting point regarding stopping
the auto scroll. I was actually referring to the advance buttons.
Let me re address the needs based on all functions including auto
scroll.

2a. Advance buttons to stop advancing when they reach the end pain
associated with the direction they have been assigned

2b. Auto scroll to only scroll once and stop


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Thank You Walt, I will give this a try.

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I was just thinking… Is there a way, instead of looping, to simply re-load the pane? Back to start… This would give it the appearance of looping. Not a solution for everyone but if this were possible it would work for folks who just want it to run on autopilot.

It seems to me that this wouldnt be very hard on a framed site, you could just refresh the pane at the right time… (well, that might in fact be hard) but if Walter is right and he can make it stop at the end… maybe there’s a way to make the page refresh at the end as well…

Just a thought.


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I did figure out how to make it stop at the end, if you look at the
Gist in this thread, there’s a recipe for that. But that means that if
it gets to either end, the previous/next button that would cause it to
“wrap” simply stops working without any notice to the user, and then
if you try the other direction, that works until you run into that
stopping point as well.

The thing about making it truly endless is that it kind of breaks the
physicality of the thing; it causes a false mental model to form that
doesn’t speak to what the thing is. If you’re not paying attention,
you miss the point that it’s looped.

And if you do want to change the behavior to that degree, then the
real solution is to duplicate the first entry at the end of the “film-
strip” of options, and then when the animation to the fake first
option has finished, snap-return the strip to its starting point and
restart the timer. Otherwise, you would see option, glide, option,
glide, option, hard-snap-back, option, etc., which in my opinion would
be just as disruptive as the fast rewind, but without the user
experience benefits conveyed by that rewind.

Walter

On Jan 31, 2011, at 2:13 PM, Tychain wrote:

but if Walter is right and he can make it stop at the end… maybe
there’s a way to make the page refresh at the end as well…


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Hi Walt,

Use the hack and it seems to work great. Tested on several browsers and all seems solid. Would be great if in the future the stop feature could be a choice in the action.

Thank You, TeamSDA_Dave


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