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  1. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Custom transition changes when sharpening used

    No problem – I can work round it Andrew
  2. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Custom transition changes when sharpening used

    It was a bit late at night and I had forgotten that I could edit your transition and see how it worked. I was surprised why there wasn't an associated mask but I see that because you used a standard PTE rectangle object as the mask, this is not necessary. Anyway I understand what you are doing and see that it gives a sharp clear border but I don't think this method is easily adaptable to my transition. One problem is that the visual centre of my 'keyhole' mask isn't exactly in the centre of the mask image, so the border doesn't expand equally. I have tried moving the centres of the two mask images to correspond to the visual centre but It's fiddly to get it accurate. The other thing is I don't particularly want a sharp border. I've attached part of the sequence where I use this transition and you will see that a blurry edge is probably better. It also explains why the mask starts at about 5%! However I do appreciate your response and your suggestions may well be applicable to another transition in the future. Andrew Urban Legends demo 2_Dec24-2018_10-10-04.zip
  3. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Custom transition changes when sharpening used

    Thanks for your interest No I agree I can't see why sharpening affects the transition but I'm sure Igor and his team will find a simple explanation. I don't want to use unsharp mask to sharpen the mask or any part of the transition. It's just a convenient and lazy way of sharpening up the images in the rest of the sequence. It took me a while to realise that it was applying the sharpening to the project that had upset my transition. I tried your diamond transition and yes it has a border and it doesn't seem to have any associated outline or mask in the transition definition. So how do you do that? Yes I saw 9.0.21 but none of the fixes seemed relevant and presumably you have tried my transition on 9.0.21 and it still has the same effect.
  4. Cedric Dawnhawk

    (Solved) Run slideshow with return

    I've looked into this a bit further and realise that it is a Windows XP problem. Just in case anyone finds this post, I thought I ought to clarify the issue. In Windows Vista and beyond a totally different Windows driver model was introduced and with these operating systems "Run Application" and "Run Slideshow" can both be used. "Run Slideshow" gives a smoother return to the menu but at the cost that both menu and launched show have to be exactly the same version of PTE. With Windows XP if there is animation in both the launching show and the show that is being launched, "Run Application" doesn't work. (It's OK if there is only animation in the launched show.) In this situation only "Run Slideshow" works. I've upgraded the Windows XP nachine to Windows 7 so there is now no problem.
  5. I created the attached custom transition which is a sort of keyhole mask effect with a border. This works fine until you change the Unsharp mask setting in Project Options to anything other than zero when the border becomes a different shape to the mask area. Any explanations? I'm using PTE 9.0.20 Andrew PushPin.pteeff
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    (Solved) Run slideshow with return

    Thanks for your reply. I appreciate that for a simple launching show then menu "Run application" works fine. The problem arises if there is animation in both the launching show and the show that is being launched. I don't understand the details but I think it is to do with allowing both shows access to video resources. Andrew
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    (Solved) Run slideshow with return

    If you want to launch another slideshow from say a menu slideshow and both use animation then you have to use "Run slideshow with return". (Correct me if this no longer applies.) For this to work, all slideshows have to have been created using exactly the same version (not just major version) of PTE. Why is this very specific (and annoying) requirement necessary?
  8. Cedric Dawnhawk

    EXIF text template [SOLVED]

    With version 9.0.16 I could not get the Exif or IPTC templates to work, even if they were typed in manually. However version 9.0.20 seems to have sorted the problem. Andrew
  9. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Specifying help window [SOLVED]

    Yes that seems to be solved. Thanks Andrew
  10. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Import of help window [SOLVED]

    Yes that seems to work thanks. A very minor issue with the fix is that if you already had a custom window called "help" in the v8.0 project file you end up with two custom windows called "help" in v9.0 and you can't access the original help until you rename the custom one. However this is an unlikey occurence! Andrew
  11. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Text Item alignment

    Jill By misunderstanding the meaning of Left, Right etc I meant you are expecting them to behave as in Word etc which they do, but only with reference to the text box. The text box behaves like other objects. Yes it might be convenient for text objects if the centre moved automatically but this wouldn't be consistent. I don't think there is a great problem in setting the centre of one object to -100, -100 then copying it. May I respectively suggest that you must have an idea of the number of items you are going to add before you start. Similarly for the longest text. If you like dragging, then use the grid. You can divide the screen into any number both vertically and horizontally. just uncheck "In pixels" and enter your desired numbers in the boxes. The orange lines just mark every tenth division. As Dave points out you have to be reasonably near the grid for the snap to work To quickly realign a number of text objects select them all, drag them as a group until the top one snaps to the grid, hold the control key and click the one you just aligned so it is deselected, drag the remaining ones so the top one jumps to the grid etc Regards Andrew.
  12. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Specifying help window [SOLVED]

    In order to show a help window in PTE 9 when the F1 key is pressed, I assume you check the box "Show help on F1 keypress" then select one of the Custom windows and check the box for this window that is labelled "Use this window as help". However it seems to be possible to check the "Use this window as help" for more than one custom window. Is this a bug or is it possible to have different help windows? If so how do you use these? Andrew
  13. I tried to reproduce this but there didn't seem to be a problem. Is it possible that you changed the option on one of the slides to "Show next slide..." rather than "By default.." in which case it would ignore the Project Option setting? Andrew
  14. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Import of help window [SOLVED]

    When a PTE8 project that uses the help window is opened in PTE9 (v 9.0.12), it is no longer possible to view or edit the help window. After some research it appears that the reason is that in PTE8, the help (and startup) windows are special versions of custom windows. In PTE9 the help window can be any of the custom windows. The startup window no longer exists. I have sorted out a workround involving editing the PTE8 project file before opening in PTE9. However this is a pain to do for the many PTE8 projects that I have which use the help window. In the past PTE project files from older versions of PTE could be opened in newer versions without a lot of problems. Could we have a fix for this issue in the next version of PTE 9?
  15. Cedric Dawnhawk

    Text Item alignment

    I think you are misunderstanding the meaning of the Alignment setting. Left, Centre and Right are only relevant when there is more than one line of text within a text object and determine how lines are positioned within the bounding box round the text object. When making a menu, create one text object with correct font, colour etc and using the longest piece of text. Set its centre X and Y settings to -100. Drag it to a suitable size. Turn the grid on, select a suitable number of divisions, bearing in mind how many lines you will need, and turn snap to grid on. Position the text so it snaps into place. For the rest of the text items just copy and paste the first one, drag and snap into position on the grid and change the text. Andrew
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