Timing Commands & Timing Rules

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Timing Commands & Timing Rules

Postby Qathy » Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:51 pm

What are the differences between timing commands and timing rules?

This is a very good question. Understanding how ViewletBuilder8 handles the “timing aspects” of objects is essential to being able to effectively work in the timeline or while setting the timing of objects through the use of dialogs. This is accomplished via timing commands and timing rules.

Timing Commands
Timing commands can be applied to a single or multiple objects on a slide. An object’s timing will determine when it will display on a slide (or on the timeline), how long it will remain displayed on a slide (or on the Timeline) and, if multiple objects display on the same slide, what timing command elements they may have in common.

Timing Rules
Each object has a Timing Rule associated with it. Timing Rules automatically control how the timing for that object associated with it is calculated. Timing Rules differ from “timing synchronization commands” in that synchronization commands make a one-time adjustment whereas Timing Rules are applied globally.

To understand Timing Rules better, let’s take a look at an example. A simple timing rule is “Reading Speed”, which insures that the duration of a message object is calculated from the number of words or characters in a message object and the reading speed set in the Project Properties dialog (Project > Project Properties > Timing) . This rule is automatically and globally applied to all message objects, so that each note, balloon and text box displays only as long as calculated reading speed allows.

To help standardize object timing, there are several Timing Rules available:

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  • Manual Timing: An object’s timing is calculated manually, meaning the user has full control over the start time and duration.
  • Until End of Slide: An object displays from a user-defined start time until the end of the slide. The start time is adjustable without affecting this rule.
  • Reading Speed: Applies to message objects (notes, balloons, text boxes), the duration is calculated based on the reading speed set in the Project Properties dialog and the number of words or characters in the message object. The start time for the message object is adjustable without affecting this rule.



  • Display Object Action: Used for objects displayed due to an event which triggers the “Display Object” action. You can use any “available” Timing Rule for the object that is to be displayed.

Each time you attempt to change an object’s timing, a Timing Rule Change dialog will display if you are breaking the rules for the Timing Rule currently associated with the object. If this happens, read the information in the dialog carefully before proceeding.

Please refer to the ViewletBuilder8 Enterprise user guide for more information on working with Timing Commands and Timing Rules. You can download the user guide from our online Learning Center.

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