[Pro] Progress "radial"

I’ve built three sites now using the “Pro” platform, although I was a complete novice to web design as of four months ago. I want to embed in one of my sites a “progress radial” or “circle” to indicate to my site visitors that a file is being downloaded, i.e., an audio file, which takes time. Otherwise, the visitor will not know that something is, indeed, happening when he/she clicks on a certain link. I’ve searched the internet for a solution and I’m coming up with responses that require code editing. There must be a simpler solution! Can anyone help me on this?

www.zvarych.com


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If you want to indicate that a file is downloading – is that in response to the user clicking on a link to that file, or in response to the page loading? There needs to be a trigger event to show the indicator, and another (hopefully) to tell it when it’s done. I’m not able to read your page, so I can’t really figure out which of these is going on here, or where I should click to see the effect you’re after.

Walter

On Sep 6, 2013, at 3:06 PM, Roman Zvarych wrote:

I’ve built three sites now using the “Pro” platform, although I was a complete novice to web design as of four months ago. I want to embed in one of my sites a “progress radial” or “circle” to indicate to my site visitors that a file is being downloaded, i.e., an audio file, which takes time. Otherwise, the visitor will not know that something is, indeed, happening when he/she clicks on a certain link. I’ve searched the internet for a solution and I’m coming up with responses that require code editing. There must be a simpler solution! Can anyone help me on this?

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Thanks for responding. On the following page (unfortunately it is in Ukrainian) - http://www.zvarych.com/Text/index.html there are several links to audio files (in red triangles). Some of these take time to download. I guess that would be the trigger(?). By an indicator I assume you mean the revolving radial that appears on many sites to indicate that a download is in progress. And I also assume that I can find such a graphic animated file somewhere on the internet and then embed it into my site. So, what would you suggest?


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Okay, I see what you’re after here. The SoundFX Action is really for tiny little files – bleeps and bloops – rather than lengthy audio samples. For that, you want to try something with more of a user interface. Take a look at AudioJS at the ActionsForge for one example.

Walter

On Sep 6, 2013, at 3:18 PM, Roman Zvarych wrote:

Thanks for responding. On the following page (unfortunately it is in Ukrainian) - http://www.zvarych.com/Text/index.html there are several links to audio files (in red triangles). Some of these take time to download. I guess that would be the trigger(?). By an indicator I assume you mean the revolving radial that appears on many sites to indicate that a download is in progress. And I also assume that I can find such a graphic animated file somewhere on the internet and then embed it into my site. So, what would you suggest?


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OK! I’ll try that. Thanks!


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I will just say that I use Safari, Chrome, and Firefox (all Mac) and the progress and downloads are built into the browser - I always know when something is a)downloading, b)it’s name, and c)when it’s finished. But I understand you to want something more obvious perhaps?

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On Sep 6, 2013, at 3:06 PM, “Roman Zvarych” email@hidden wrote:

I’ve built three sites now using the “Pro” platform, although I was a complete novice to web design as of four months ago. I want to embed in one of my sites a “progress radial” or “circle” to indicate to my site visitors that a file is being downloaded, i.e., an audio file, which takes time. Otherwise, the visitor will not know that something is, indeed, happening when he/she clicks on a certain link. I’ve searched the internet for a solution and I’m coming up with responses that require code editing. There must be a simpler solution! Can anyone help me on this?

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He’s loading the audio using JavaScript, so no progress loading indicator is shown at all.

Walter

On Sep 6, 2013, at 4:33 PM, Ernie Simpson wrote:

I will just say that I use Safari, Chrome, and Firefox (all Mac) and the progress and downloads are built into the browser - I always know when something is a)downloading, b)it’s name, and c)when it’s finished. But I understand you to want something more obvious perhaps?

Best,

Ernie Simpson

On Sep 6, 2013, at 3:06 PM, “Roman Zvarych” email@hidden wrote:

I’ve built three sites now using the “Pro” platform, although I was a complete novice to web design as of four months ago. I want to embed in one of my sites a “progress radial” or “circle” to indicate to my site visitors that a file is being downloaded, i.e., an audio file, which takes time. Otherwise, the visitor will not know that something is, indeed, happening when he/she clicks on a certain link. I’ve searched the internet for a solution and I’m coming up with responses that require code editing. There must be a simpler solution! Can anyone help me on this?

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So, if I load the audio files in a different manner (by not using Javascript) then the browser will automatically show a radial progress bar?


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Yes, but you’ll have a different user experience, too. For example, if you wanted to use a “daughter window” popup to show a player, you could create a separate tiny page for each audio file with a visible audio control, and then use the Spawn New Window Action to pop that little window open when the appropriate button was pressed on the main page. The little page (and the audio) would load, and the browser would show the loading indicator. However, this will be horrible on the iPhone and iPad, because it will just open a new browser tab (no popups possible there).

You might want to try the AudioJS Action first, because that will let you set up an audio player right on the page the same way you have done with the SoundFX Action, however that player will have a loading indicator and a progress bar, so the user will have some immediate feedback when they click it. It’s also much more likely to give you a good experience on a mobile device.

Walter

On Sep 6, 2013, at 4:38 PM, Roman Zvarych wrote:

So, if I load the audio files in a different manner (by not using Javascript) then the browser will automatically show a radial progress bar?


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Thanks again. I’ll try that.


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