Avoid Distracting Editing Issues With Layer Features

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Avoid Distracting Editing Issues With Layer Features

Postby vmarm » Wed May 02, 2018 7:58 am

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ViewletBuilder8 offers many ways to improve the project editing process in Viewlets. Authors can leverage these features to prevent accidental editing mistakes (the bane of many authors), and prevent project slide clutter from getting in the way. This post focuses on Timeline Layers. When used to their fullest potential, effective layer editing techniques allow you to stay focused on a specific authoring task without distraction from other slide elements.

Here is how it works...

The Eye Icon


Select the Timeline tab and look along one of the layers (you may need to expand your layers list to view). 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. To prevent accidental editing of a slide element, 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 this tutorial.

These are just a few ways to use layers to improve your Viewlet Authoring. Play around with them yourself and see how you can put layers to use for you.

That's it for this blog.

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


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