Using the Carousel to create an animated slideshow.

The activate event for the Carousel makes it possible to trigger actions when the Carousel goes to another slide. In this tutorial I have used this feature to create an animated slideshow where each Carousel slide displays an image with an animated title.

This demo was inspired by the website http://www.mattdusk.com/. One of today's great jazz singers.

You can check out the result here:
http://www.quickandeaswebbuilder.com/support/mattdusk/index.html
Step 1
Insert the Carousel object. Set the mode to fade (or another effect of your choice). In this demo I have used 3 images, so set the slide count to 3.
Step 2
Add one image to each slide of the Carousel. You may need to use the keyboard to align the image exactly inside the Carousel panel.
Alternatively you can manually enter the coordinates in the Property Inspector.
Tip:
Because the images fills the entire Carousel panel you cannot easily navigate between slides because the navigation items are blocked by the
image. But you can use hold down the CTRL key and click the Carousel border to go to the next slide. Make sure the Carousel itself is
selected first and not an image or other object on the Carousel.

Step 3
Each image will have its own title object and each title object has a different size. In this case I have used a Shape object with text.
Insert a Shape, add some text for each image and place it on top of the image.
Note that in this project I have renamed the IDs of the shapes to 'Title1', 'Title2' etc.
Step 4
Initially the titles will be hidden, so hide the Shapes with the Object Manager.
Step 5
Next add the events to show the title (Shapes) with animation: click 'Events' in the Carousel's properties.
The Carousel supports up to 25 pages and each slide has its own 'activate' event. For the first image add event 'activate[01]', set the action to 'Show with effect' and the target to the first Shape: Title1. I have selected 'Drop Left', but you can use any effect you like.

Repeat this step for all 3 titles.
Step 6
The last step is to hide the titles when you switch to another slide, this makes sure the initial state of the title is hidden the next time you active it.
Of course you are not limited to one title per image. You can add multiple objects to each Carousel page and show them with different animations to create amazing slideshows.


Demo:
http://www.quickandeasywebbuilder.com/support/mattdusk/index.html

Download the demo project (requires version 4.0 or newer):
http://www.quickandeasywebbuilder.com/support/mattdusk/mattdusk.zip

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