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  1. I can't import it either Barry.. Lin
  2. Hi Gary, Rolling the mouse wheel by "pushing" with your index finger moves a screen downward so that you see what, if anything, is above the top of your display. Rolling the mouse wheel by "pulling" toward you moves the screen upward so you see what's beneath your line of sight. I think it works that way on about all programs I've encountered. So if you consider what is beyond your view to the right, as what would be below your line of sight on a vertical move, you would pull the wheel toward you. No? Best regards, Lin
  3. I recommend posting videos to YouTube rather than directly to the MeWe Group because we each have an 8 gigabyte limit which the poster will bear against their own free limit. To get more storage is fairly inexpensive, but when only embedding videos one doesn't suffer any penalty against the free limit. Best regards, Lin
  4. The question was raised on our Facebook group about why we "need" another group and whether it was advisable to advertise such within an existing group. It's all about options and the new MeWe group is not a "replacement" for the active Facebook group, it's for people who are switching or spending more time on other social media sites and for people who wish to expand their social media options. Facebook has come under some rather serious privacy issues lately and has lost a major litigation potentially costing them billions of dollars. There are a number of people who are leaving Facebook and having the option to join yet another rapidly growing social media site which takes privacy very, very seriously is compelling. Sadly I have Facebook friends who have had their posts, pictures and so on removed by Facebook with absolutely no good reason. In some cases the Facebook response was downright laughable. One friend had a picture of his new colt and its mom removed by Facebook because, according to Facebook, it violated their policy on "nudity" - Go figure. My response to him was that perhaps he should in the future put a blanket on any horses pictures he posts on Facebook. Here's some information in the link below by the founder of MeWe which may be of interest. Personally, I'm not leaving Facebook but having another social media option is not a bad thing. There are a number of people who are members of our FB group who are also members of the new group on MeWe. https://medium.com/@markweinstein/7-remarkable-reasons-to-ditch-facebook-today-a14f5c69a59a Lin
  5. Follow Link Below and Join Us On MeWe As Well!! https://mewe.com/join/picturestoexepresentationslideshowsoftware There is a 500 meg limit on video uploading, but you can embed a YouTube video of any size.. Lin
  6. Hi Igor, I compared the three and the PTE 10 file has much, much better video clarity and image quality than either of the Proshow versions but all three are jerky on the Pan. Best regards, Lin
  7. Yes, as Igor says, for full resolution 1920x1080. Actually 16:9 is an "aspect ratio" not a pixel size so you "could" choose a smaller pixel size which equals the 16:9 aspect ratio such as 1280x720 and use that, but for a larger display having the full 1920x1080 will result in the better video. Best regards, Lin
  8. Definitions Gary - Slide styles are applied to "slides." A slide is everything that's connected to the image seen in the slide list including objects used as "children" of what you see in the slide view. As such what you need to decide is what will be seen when the "main images" are replaced by the user. For example, if you want something to stay with the replaced image you see in the slide list as a subset of that replacement image you do not include it as a "main" image. Main images are what get replaced by the user to apply the style to. That's why slide styles are applied in the slide view rather than in Objects and Animations. If you can describe what it is that you are trying to accomplish, perhaps I can help you set it up. You don't apply styles to components of a slide but rather to the entire slide. So, for example, if you have a hierarchical child object with some animation taking place and you apply a style to a new image, that new image will have the same hierarchical child performing the same animation but with a new main image. If you want a different child doing something on the new slide, you would simply use the replace image in the properties tab to change the child object but you wouldn't try to apply a style to a subset of the slide. Best regards, Lin
  9. PicturesToExe has some nifty features. Among these is the fact that an image or a video which is repeatedly used in a show carries no penalty of overhead (doesn't increase the size of the show) when used multiple times. This is an example. A 9 second video clip was used four times to create an approximately 30 second video show by using keyframes, opacity and offset features. The first instance was keyframed to zero opacity just before the end of the clip. The second instance was programmed by offset to start as the first instance ended and to zero opacity as the third instance began. The third instance was set by offset to begin as the second ended and to zero opacity near the end of its nine second run. The forth instance was programmed by offset to begin just as the third went to zero opacity. The entire 30 second sequence required only a little over 9 megabytes of storage - a huge savings over what a full 30 second clip would take. The fact that this works not only for executable code, but also for video clips tells me that it probably wouldn't take too much additional programming to create the "loop" feature for video clips. That would be a very nice addition to PTE Version 10 were it possible to achieve. Best regards, Lin
  10. Peter, The way to create rippling water is best done via two programs: PTE and SqirlzReflect, a freeware program. - See my video tutorials 42 and 43 on the link below. SquilzReflect is used to create the ripple effect and PTE is used to attenuate or soften the reflections to make them much more realistic. I cover this all in the two videos. It's by far best to create an animated GIF with SqirlzReflect and use that rather than a video because it saves a great deal of overhead. You could also simply create an animated gif of your own by taking a brief video of the actual water you want to ripple and then use a video program such as Wondershare Filmora which makes creating an animated gif from a video extremely simple and fast. Here's the link to my tutorials page - scroll down past the red numbers and find #42 and #43.. https://www.picturestoexe.com/forums/topic/7901-pte-made-easy-tutorials-continuously-updated/ Best regards, Lin PS - here's one of my PTE styles which shows rippling water (you just choose a PNG transparency such as an animal to appear in the crystal decanter and apply the style and PTE does the rest... You can easily adjust the size and position of the animal in the decanter...
  11. Hi Gary, If you download and install the freeware I linked earlier, you will be able to easily make any of hundreds of free PNG frames. There are literally hundreds available in this freeware and you can choose the precise size (aspect ratio) you want. All you need to do is select the size you want, save as a PNG then use Photoshop or other editing program to select the "white" area inside the frame and press delete. Then save the result as a PNG. That will result in a PNG frame with the area for the image being transparent which is what you want. If you have problems figuring out how to do it, let me know and I'll make you a quick sample tutorial. Best regards, Lin
  12. Hi Gary, If you size the mask rectangle to fit inside the INSIDE border of the frame, it "shouldn't" matter whether the frame is on top or not, but whatever works for you best is the way to go. The image is constrained by the mask rectangle to the position you choose (in the case of my demo - inside the border of the frame. I used PTE 9 for the video because my software used to make demos is on my XP system where Version 10 can't be used. Eventually I will use version 10 for these video tutorials. NOW: if you select EVERYTHING and "CUT" then add a frame and PASTE what you cut as a child of the frame, the frame will act as a controller and you can size or move the entire assembly without changing the relationship to the components. The FRAME then becomes the controlling device for position and size giving you the flexibility of even putting multiples of the entire show containing animated still images or videos all on the same screen view operating simultaneously should this be something you want to do. Best regards. Lin
  13. Hi Gary, You've apparently missed one step in the process. I will make another quick video and skip the blurred background and just show you the very basic steps. If you find a PNG frame that you like you can quickly make a style to save you time when you want to correct a horizon, etc. Give me a few minutes and I'll have it up for you. I'll make it as simple as possible so you can easily follow along. Once you have done it, you will be amazed how quickly and easily you can do this. I'll come back and edit this post with the video below... When you have done everything in the example, you can select the entire content, cut it, add a frame and paste the cut content as a child of the frame. Then you can use the frame to control the size, position, etc., of the entire construct without affecting the ability to rotate or use the frame features. Best regards, Lin
  14. It's easy enough to do if the border is not linked and attached to the image as it is in the internal "Border" feature. If a PNG border is used instead, then the object (image) can be rotated within the frame as I demonstrated a long time ago. Perhaps what might be a useful addition to PTE is a library of PNG frames of all types which can easily be substituted for the internal "Border" feature when it's necessary or desirable to rotate the image inside the frame. This would have the advantage of decorative frames instead of just a rectangular border of varying thickness of color. Years ago there were numerous programs which could be used to create nice picture frames. I haven't seen one in a number of years, but it should be easy enough to create them from pictures of picture frames. I've done that multiple times for some of my shows, but never considered making a library of them. Several styles could then be created so that those who don't understand masking or who don't want to take the time to learn masking could easily avail themselves of a ready-made solution when they want to design a screen using framing but need to correct slanted horizons etc. Later: found one called DRPU Photo Frame Maker - Free and pretty powerful. Just go into Photoshop or your favorite editor and create a transparent PNG file in the aspect ratios you want. Choose a frame, import the transparent PNG and save the result as a PNG. Then take the result into your photo editor and delete the white portion (the transparent part) and you will have a photo frame with center transparency you can put over any image. Just a thought folks... Here's the link: http://www.drpusoftware.com/drpusoft/drpu-photo-frame-maker.html Best regards, Lin
  15. Hi Marcel, I love the creativity you have shown - thank you !!! Best regards, Lin
  16. "The World According To Garp:" - The problem is that in this case we don't know which option might be the one people are most likely to use. Your experience and Jill's experience tells us one thing, mine and others tells us something else. This is why "choice" and a very thorough user guide such as the one Dave provided is so important. Several of our users like KFSD. Other's such as Jill and Jurgen have little or no use for it. Some believe it better to have a video motion freeze before a transition than to use a dissolve. Others certainly don't agree. Obviously, nothing will make everyone happy, but having options seems to be the best compromise rather than forcing an assumption on the novice user which may or may not agree with their own personal desire. That's really all I have to offer as far as advice so I'll leave the discussion.... Best regards, Lin
  17. John, this is precisely why blanket statements like that made by Jill are not relevant. One simply can't avoid the reality that choices are superior to hard coded decisions made in presentation software. Let the user decide what they want and realize that it's not the job of the software to teach or "encourage" what has been referred to as "good practice." Best regards, Lin
  18. What?????????? Please, please, separate opinion and admit hyperbole - LOL Lin
  19. It's all a personal preference. Some like it, some don't - that's life... Best regards, Lin
  20. I'm perplexed why anyone would insist on forcing a user to use a cut when they may want something else? Having an option for KFSD or not in this situation would satisfy both the AV enthusiasts who appear to insist on a cut while new users would not be forcefully subjected to either an abrupt cut or KFSD with dissolve. One can't make the assumption that "all" video workers would expect a "cut" when there a numerous professional video producers who do it in other ways. Perhaps all the video workers with which you are familiar may do it that way, but in examining multiple instances where it's done in other ways it's clear that the cut is not the "only" choice. With the option, it could satisfy everyone, so how is that not a superior solution? Just saying..... Best regards, Lin
  21. That's precisely what I also deduced. If it's made an option, everybody will be happy. Old users who totally understand and AV people can set it as they like and new users won't be asking the same question over and over. Best regards, Lin
  22. Make it optional and that would make everyone happy? Best regards, Lin
  23. This sounds like a logical solution to me.. Best regards, Lin
  24. Smooth as silk - beautiful imagery Barry - It looks like 60fps with the new beta 10 is doing justice. Best regards, Lin
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