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Improve Your Authoring Skills with Layer Editing Tips

Postby vmarm » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:44 am

The Viewletin
An Inside ‘Take’ on All Things Viewlet
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You are a Viewlet Master (okay, maybe a Viewlet Newbie). Either way there is ALWAYS something you can learn to improve your authoring skills in ViewletBuilder and ViewletQuiz no matter what your Viewlet Authoring level of expertise might be. Here's a chance to learn a few more.

While editing a project slide, have you ever been frustrated because there are so many slide elements, it's hard to work effectively? For example, maybe your slide has a combination of objects using Events/Actions that appear on the slide in authoring mode, but only display based on viewer interactions. Despite this, these elements (and many others) 'get in the way' of editing. And, as a result, this clutter of objects sometimes causes you to accidentally edit an object that you didn't mean to in the first place. Yikes!

Did you know that there are a few features you can use to prevent clutter, avoid accidental editing and help you focus on 'just the task at hand' during the editing process? They include:

Eye Icon
Look along the layer and you will see an 'Eye' icon. When the eye is open, the applicable layer is in view on the slide. If you want to work on other slide elements other than a specific layer (that might be getting in the way), simply click the Eye icon. When the eye is closed, the layer is temporarily hidden from view. You can then work on the slide without this distraction. Taking this a step further, you can keep a layer hidden and when you publish, that layer will NOT display to the viewer. To unhide a hidden layer, click on the closed Eye. This will show an open Eye icon, indicating the layer is displayed (not hidden).


Padlock Icon
Another tool available along each layer is the 'Padlock' icon. Most layers will show, by default, an open padlock. This means that the layer is 'open' for editing. There are times, though, that you may want to prevent accidental editing of a slide element but still want to view it while editing the slide (so in this case hiding the layer won't work for you). What you can do is click the open Padlock on the applicable layer. This will then show a closed Padlock icon, indicating the layer is locked and cannot be edited. This technique can be used to temporarily lock layers while working on a slide, or, in some cases, allow you to add a layer and permanently lock it (to prevent editing). This latter example might work if you don't want to use a Master Layer to add a company logo, but just want to add the logo to a few slides. Just add the image where needed on each and lock the logo's layer so it won't be disturbed as the slide is modified.


To see a simple example of these techniques in action, check out a video below (in your desired format).

PC (Demo)

Mobile Device/Smartphone (Demo)

These are just a few techniques to help you boast your own Viewlet Authoring skills. The rest is up to you!

That's it for this blog.

Until next time (and all patches in between)...
Happy Viewleting!


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