[Pro] Carousel order of items

Greetings.

On the Carousel action how can the order of the items be set.

I have an ongoing carousel that each month I want to be able to add a new pane to the carousel. That new pane is the first one I want to be displayed, so that the original carousel stays in the back…as the bottom “layer.”

ON the old Carousel action, I remember there was a way to set the order. How is this accomplished with this new carousel?

Thanks,

Rich


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The pane that has Carousel action applied to it always comes up first. No matter what order I stack them in in the site panel.

I want the Carousel to stay in the back, and the panes, to be up front, (on top) so that each time I add a new pane to the carousel, that new pane appears first in the load.

Thanks,

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The pane which has Carousel on it is converted into the on-screen element through which all other content is viewed. Its direct children (its content) are turned into the first frame in the carousel’s “film strip”. All other panes are gathered from the page in the order in which they are published, removed from their current location, and added as inline children to the film strip in that order. This is usually related to layer order in the document, although I’m not 100% certain that that’s the only input in that equation. If you switch your Site pane over to Page view, you can usually drag and drop the panes (easily recognized because they’ll be “badged” with the Action cog) up and down the list without affecting their layout. In the case of the Carousel Pane elements, they will have all vestiges of their layout removed from the document, so it really doesn’t matter where you put them, or in what order. So this part is under your control.

As to your second request, there’s really no way to do this. At all. You’ll have to look into a different effect to do this. One I recommend would be my NewsCycle Action, which has a few benefits over Carousel:

  1. It uses a single element as the data source, so you can see in one view the precise order of the elements. In your example, you would simply keep adding new elements to the top of the list, and your order requirement would be met.

  2. It uses a fade rather than a horizontal animation to transition between elements.

  3. It’s endless – no wipe-back-to-the-beginning that some find distracting about Carousel.

Like Carousel, it’s completely open to any sort of content that you want to include. (You simply have to create that content using an inline layout within your source box.)

Also like Carousel, it’s very easy to make a very very heavy page, with too much content for non-broadband users to consume comfortably. Keep an eye on your total page size (turn on Show Page Sizes in the cog menu at the bottom of the Site pane) so you don’t swamp people.

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Walter,

Thanks for the quick reply. Where do I find your NewsCycle Action ?

Also, in the original version of Carousel, do I not remember the option to set the order ?? Wasn’t there a little pull down menu box to set the order of the items…? Just curious.

Appreciated, much.

I am using the carousel to display audio for a church website.
http://www.fbcgriffith.org/audio-2010.html#

The carousel panes flip through the various months.

Thanks,

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On Mar 2, 2011, at 10:22 AM, sampolfonz wrote:

Walter,

Thanks for the quick reply. Where do I find your NewsCycle Action ?

At ActionsForge, home of (nearly) all Actions. If you know of any that
aren’t there, please pester their authors for inclusion. It’s free,
and we all benefit from a central go-to spot for Actions.

Also, in the original version of Carousel, do I not remember the
option to set the order ?? Wasn’t there a little pull down menu box
to set the order of the items…? Just curious.

Not that I can recall. The picker is to locate the parent element (in
the case of the Pane) and the only one that has ever governed
direction is the previous/next picker in Carousel Button.

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Walter,
I too am attempting add a new carousel pane so that it appears first in order. When in Page View I move it to the priority level I want. However, when I preview/publish it - it “sticks” on top of the carousel rather that getting in line like it should. I feel like there is one step that I am missing. Here is what I do:

  1. Duplicate the last carousel pane.
  2. Import the new graphic
  3. Move the NEW carousel in the Page View window to the priority that I want…
    Done. But it doesn’t work. I have also tried creating a brand new C.Pane and then importing the graphic…but this doesn’t work either.

Appreciate any help you can provide.
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The item that has Carousel (not Carousel Pane) applied to it will always be first.

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HI Walter,
Thank you for getting back to me. I realize what you are saying below. But if I want the Carosuel to stay #1…and add a new item to the C. Panes (I want to make #2 to #3 and put in a NEW #2)…which is what I am trying to do…I can’t get the new pane to fall in line.

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On Oct 5, 2011, at 7:42 PM, waltd wrote:

The item that has Carousel (not Carousel Pane) applied to it will always be first.

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The 2nd through Nth panes should be ordered by their order in the page stack. If you click on the word Pages at the top of the Site pane, it will toggle over to Items view, listing all of the items on the current page. It’s pretty easy to find the Carousel elements in that list, because they will all have the yellow cog icon on them, indicating that there’s an Action applied to them. If you click on an item in the list, it will highlight in the design view, and vice-versa. So simply by dragging elements up and down the list in the Site pane (as if you were re-ordering slides in Keynote or something like that) you can change the order of the elements in the source code, which is what the Action uses to determine the sorting of the panes.

If for some reason this fails to work, then try the more hard-core step of clicking on each pane and removing the Carousel Pane Action from it. Then publish the page, and finally, re-apply the Carousel Pane Action to each pane, in the desired order. I’m not sure that’s any more effective than changing the sort order, but in a very stubborn case, it may help.

Walter

On Oct 5, 2011, at 10:06 PM, Mandy wrote:

HI Walter,
Thank you for getting back to me. I realize what you are saying below. But if I want the Carosuel to stay #1…and add a new item to the C. Panes (I want to make #2 to #3 and put in a NEW #2)…which is what I am trying to do…I can’t get the new pane to fall in line.


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