"Slightly" sticky images for navigation

Good morning (east coast US). I am using Freeway Express 5 to create a webzine. I’ve not done this before. (Test site: www.roadewarrior.com/david). My graphic ‘model’ is Slate magazine (www.slate.com).

I am trying to put together a more informative navigation bar than I have now, and I’m using the same technique as in “creating a simple photo gallery” (“Using Freeway 5”, Tutorial 3, pp. 60f). I’ve made a ‘thumbnail’ graphic for each of the 9 sections name of the webzine (instead of the menu bar as now), and then a Target graphic text image with a more explicit table of contents within for each section. Rolling over the thumbnail section name gives me the contents in the target with their links to individual pages. Making the target image sticky gives the reader time to read it and make a choice even if he mouse-doodles around the rest of the page, or else just rolls back to the navigation bar. I’d like to use a fairly large graphic image already on the page as a “screen”, so to speak, to hold the stacked target images. When the reader has finished looking at the table of contents, then that pictorial graphic image is available once again for viewing.

How can I make the sticky target image just disappear slowly, as on Slate (well, you’ve got 2 seconds or so), if you just roll the mouse off that target image? I can’t find an Action that will do this, or a tutorial. Is there such? Can this be done with Express?

Many thanks.

David
(David Block)


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If you use the Target Show/Hide Layer Action to make your informative image appear and disappear, you can set effects on that Action to do what you like. Try Fade, with a short effect time and whatever delay you would like.

There is no equivalent effect in the raw Rollover itself, so you could not make a single image appear and then fade away after a brief delay using only the Rollover Action.

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Thank you, Walter. I’ll give that a try. I guess I just glossed over that action, seeing the next section on layers for the Pro version only. Regards. David


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Ah, you may not have it there, I skipped over the Express part. If
you have the Action, it might not be possible to apply it to anything
on your page.

Walter

On Nov 24, 2008, at 8:58 AM, David Block wrote:

Thank you, Walter. I’ll give that a try. I guess I just glossed
over that action, seeing the next section on layers for the Pro
version only. Regards. David


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we’ll see. i might have another solution. perhaps i should just learn pro.

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My experience with Pro and Express is that you can do nearly
everything in Express that you can in Pro, but ironically you need to
know more in Express because there aren’t built-in hooks to the sorts
of controls you have in Pro. I have seen people do amazing Pro-level
layouts with Express and a whole lot of hand-written CSS shoved in
through the Page / HTML Markup dialog.

Walter

On Nov 24, 2008, at 9:44 AM, David Block wrote:

we’ll see. i might have another solution. perhaps i should just
learn pro.

david


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