In the previous movie, I demonstrated how to create slideshows in Fireworks CS3. In this movie, I demonstrate how to modify the properties of these slideshows to create customized presentations. Over to the left you have an Album section where you can add to your Existing albums, Delete albums, or Rearrange the order of the albums. Below that, you have your images list with a thumbnail down here, preview. You can also change the order of these images by clicking on the Move Selected Images Up or Down buttons. You can also delete images by clicking on the Delete button, right there. Over to the right is where all of your properties for Album Books, Albums, Captions, Filters, Slideshows, and Export options. So let me devote the majority of this movie to reviewing some of the more important of these properties here. The first thing you'll want to do is add a title, "my sample slideshow," for example here. You can add a description. My trip to San Francisco, for example. I can set my player. Now the default player is the Dreamworld Green Flash player, but you've also got a Web photo album style Flash player, which looks like this, as well as some more simple black flash players, silver, or Spry HTML which looks a lot different than the Flash-based ones. You can also provide an Auto Start slideshow, or allow clicking of the images. If I set Allow Clicking Images, I can choose to open those images in a new window, in a new tab, or let the player decide. Notice I can also do multiple albums. In this case I only have one album, so we'll just choose Photos. In the Album Properties tab, I can set my title, my folder name, my description, thumbnails, you can use images from an album, any of the images here for my thumbnail. My background image I can choose from any image in the album, or choose not to have a background image. In the Caption setting, you can apply to all albums, No Change, Clear All Captions, Use a File Name, including the extension, or insert text. Let's go ahead and add a caption here. My caption. Then click Apply. Notice that I've applied it to all these images there. For Filters, I can Apply to All Albums, I can do Auto Level, Blur, Convert to Grayscale, Convert to Sepia Tone, Invert or Sharpen. Slideshow Properties. This is probably the most important properties here that you'll want to experiment with. Notice that I can apply to all albums, or to individual albums. First thing I want to do is change the interval. I think the interval was a little bit too long. So, let's change this to something very fast, one second, so we can really see the difference. Let's go ahead and use a Transition, but change it from the default Fade to a Dissolve, and let's dissolve that over one second. First image, let's make the first image of the slideshow Image 7, and let's display the sequences in random here of my slideshow, and then for Export options, let's export the images, generate the XML. Let's change my width to 400 pixels by 300 pixels. Let's keep my thumbnails the same, and let's keep the image quality here to 80, which is the default. Once I'm ready, let's go ahead and change my export path here, so I don't erase my other one. So, let's change this to my sample files folder, so choose that one here, and then make sure that you click on Select the Folder that you want to export this to, and then now let's go ahead and click on the Create button. I've already got a slideshow with the same name in this location, so it warns me that I'm going to overwrite it. Let's go ahead and launch this in my browser. Click Close. So here are the results of my settings. Now In the previous movie, I demonstrated a Flash-based player. This one is an HTML Spry-based player. Notice that I have controls here for going to the next image, going to the previous image, for playing, notice that I also have a control here for showing me which slide I'm currently looking at. Notice that there's my caption that I added. Let's go ahead and let this play on it's own. There should be a one-second interval between these images. The transition is a Dissolve. So this gives you an idea of the kinds of settings and ways to customize your slideshows using the various property tabs here to the right in the Create Slideshow dialog. So I recommend that you quickly create some slideshows to make sure that everything's working correctly and then experiment with the various players that you have available, as well as your Album Property settings, and then the Slideshow Properties, including your Intervals, Transitions, First Images, Display Sequence, and so on. For the most part, this is fairly reliable. I did get some errors in playback when I was setting up the examples for this movie. But all I did is go back and re-exported the slideshow and everything seemed to work pretty well. So, let me now move on to the next movie and demonstrate how to work with animation symbols to create animations in Fireworks CS3.
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