[Pro] Target Show/Hide Layer - Question

The ‘Target Show/Hide Layer’ Action has one user-selectable effect that lets the layered item fade according to a customizable duration. This is nice but I would also like to be able to blink the layered item on/off continually, as long as the mouse cursor is over the rollover trigger. Would anyone know a way to modify the existing Action to accomplish this?

For example, please have a look at the three big rollover buttons I have on this web page:

When you mouseover 1770 or 1370 or 1440, you can see a little line appear just under the button at bottom. That line has the ‘Target Show/Hide Layer’ Action applied to it, and there is a map area over everything above that, which in turn has a Rollover trigger applied.

My aim is to have that little line blink on and off (or fade in and out), as long as the cursor is hovering over the Rollover trigger above it.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Many thanks,

James Wages


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Animated gif?

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Like this http://www.deltadzine.net/test/rolltest.html

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I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to reply, Dave.

You are suggesting that I abandon my HTML line in lieu of a GIF, and that I should make the GIF “animated” insofar as it blinks on and off as my application requires. That is not an “in-Freeway” solution as the Action-change I proposed would be, but it would appear to work nonetheless (at least, for those among us who have the means outside Freeway to create animated GIFs).

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And one more thing…

An animated GIF would not allow a smooth “fade” effect as the current Action has. Yes, I could simulate a fade with quite a large number of GIF images in a single animated GIF, but the for what it does, the resulting size would be impractical. Hence, for applications that desire “fade” or a “pulsing” effect, a modification to the existing Action would be preferred.

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James said:

My aim is to have that little line blink on and off …

I understand that my suggestion doesn’t give the subtlety of a blink/fade option in the action but it certainly makes the ‘blink’ part easy.

I am also pretty sure that an animated gif with fade in it wouldn’t be a very large file - just for comparison the one of the hearts on the line on my example page is a mere 1.41KB

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/29476/giftedmotion and http://www.tips-tricks.com/k_gifanimation.asp

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Thank you for your suggestions, David.

I will certainly heed your advice about using an animated GIF, because I have no other choice.

But it is best to use Freeway if possible for the sake of “speed.” I have many of those lines I want to blink on/off, and they are not all the same color. Hence, my productivity is boosted greatly if I could animate them as I see fit within Freeway, rather than have to use an external utility. Using an external utility means I must build a graphic and then animate it in that utility, and then repeat that process for every unique graphic I need, then switch back to Freeway and import everything. What a hassle! But again, due to the lack of existing functionality in the ‘Target Show/Hide Layer’ Action, I currently have no other choice.

If any of you Action writers have a streak of inspiration, don’t hold back on posting here. :slight_smile:

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