Sometime around 2/9/08 (at 07:04 -0400) Mark said:
I’ve made a simple rollover action from two images. It all works
fine. But the two images are combined. I don’t want the two images
to combine, because one needs to be output as a high res jpeg and
the other as a gif.
‘Hig res’ JPEG? Do you really mean a graphic with more pixels per
inch than normal for screen-specific output? Or do you mean a
photographically high-quality image vs the limited-palette GIF output?
If I turn combine off I can’t use the Rollover action…
I don’t have any problem using the Rollover action with Combine
Graphics turned off. In fact, this is a normal way of working and can
be essential if you want to end up with a rollover slice within a
bigger overall graphic.
However - you’re spot on right about not being able to specify two
different graphic output formats when using the regular approach to
However #2 - this is very easy to do if you use Freeway’s original
method of producing rollovers, the one superceded by the ‘all in your
page, made on the fly’ stacked-graphic method that’s today’s main
I’m making an arbitrary assumption that you want a limited-palette
GIF as the normal image and the smooth, photographic JPEG as the
rollover alternate. If this is back to front just switch things
around as appropriate…
First set your JPEG graphic as you want it in Freeway: cropped,
compression level set appropriately, the works. I’d normally do this
IN Freeway, then select it and choose File > Export to generate the
JPEG as a regular optimised graphic file on disk. Remember to include
the right filename suffix (.jpg or .jpeg); Freeway doesn’t do this
Then remove this from the page and set up your GIF as appropriate.
Working with Graphics Preview turned on (View > Graphics Preview)
will show you how things will look right there on the page.
Add the Rollover action to this graphic. In the Actions palette,
click the Parameters tab. In the MouseOver menu at the top, pick
‘Select’ and find the graphic you exported.
That’s it! From here, Freeway will publish your rollover with the two
graphics, the GIF that’s in the page layout and the JPEG that’s
referenced in the Rollover settings.
Note that if you pick a graphic that’s a different size and/or
dimension to the item on the page, the rollover image will be
distorted to fit the space in the page. If you pick a 500x500px JPEG
and your initial ‘normal state’ rollover graphic is 100x100px on the
page, the JPEG will be squashed to fit. It could take slightly longer
to draw too, so although this does, technically, give you a
higher-resolution image, there’s really no benefit and are certainly
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