Last modified: August 16, 2011 15:19:38.

Timeline

Timeline

Video tutorial: 4min 19sec
What you will learn:
  • TimelineGeneral overview and accessing slides and transitions.
  • Adding New Slide & TransitionAdding new slides and transitions to the slideshow.
  • Duplicating Slide & TransitionAdding slides and transitions that already exist to the timeline.
  • Replacing Slides & TransitionSwap and replace slides and transitions on the timeline.
  • Reordering Slides & TransitionChanging slides order of appeareance.
  • Removing Slide & TransitionRemoving slides and transitions from the timeline and slideshow.
  • Things to rememberAccessing slides and transitions from timeline, thumbnail grid and deleting note.

Timeline is one of the cManagers core features - managing slides and transitions has never been easier - timeline offers practical and easy way of managing CU3ER slides and transitions.

Think about timeline as a visual representation of slides & transitions arranged by appearance order through thumbnail icons. Notice how transition thumbnail display grid which represents the number of slice rows and columns defined in transition.

You can access timeline at any time simply by clicking on cManager stage or by clicking on 'Timeline' button is settings bar:




Working with Timeline

There are two ways of working with slides & transitions in timeline:

  • working with slide & transition pair
  • working with single slide or transition entity.

What is slide & transition pair?

The pair is defined as slide thumbnail and successive transition thumbnail - as every slide needs to have defined transition to the next slide which again has defined transition to the next etc. Take a look at an example of transition pair in the image below: (highlighted pair #2)

Working with slide & transition pairs enables you easy management if you like to retain existing bound between slide and corresponding transition. For example, you can move the pair to another place in the timeline or you can delete the whole pair.

There are independent actions like moving and altering settings that are done purely without pair dependences, for either slide or transition. This way you can break and create new dependences among slide & transition pairs, which will allow you complete control over managing your slideshow.

Working with timeline pairs

Adding slide & transition pair

Please note that with adding slide, transition will be automatically added to timeline as well. To add new slide & transition, you will have to perform the following actions:

  1. Click on "+" icon to add new slide to a desired place on the timeline.
  2. 'Add new Slide & Transition' pop-up will appear:
  3. Choose desired slide as:
    • empty slide - new slide placeholder will be added to timeline with default slide attributes you have previously defined in slide defaults. You will need to define image once slide is added to timeline.
    • use existing - Pick one among already existing slides in timeline. It's a convenient way if you want to have a couple of the same slides across the slideshow.
  4. Choose desired transitions:
    • use default - apply default transition settings to this new to be added transition. Default transition settings are defined in Settings -> Transitions.
    • Use existing - pick one among already existing transitions you have previously added to timeline.
  5. Click Done - slide and transition pair will be added to the timeline.

Removing slide & transition pair

To remove slide & transition pair from the timeline you may simply drag desired slide to the trash can icon that will appear once slide dragging start. Paired transition will be deleted also. After deleting, please notice how all successive slides and transitions move to the left in the timeline, filling the gap that occurred with the delete action.

Moving slides & transition pairs

If you like to change the pair appearance order in slideshow, you can simply do this by moving slide to a desired position in the timeline and corresponding transition will move automatically:

  1. Click and hold on desired slide.
  2. Move slide left or right across timeline. Blue delimiter (as on the image below) will appear in places where you are allowed to move your slide.
  3. Release your slide on the desired place.

Example - moving slide #3 to position #2:

Working with singe slide

Swap or replace slide

Perform the following steps:

  1. Click and hold on desired slide in timeline.
  2. Move slide left or right across timeline. Blue rectangle (as on the image below) will appear when you roll over another slide place.
  3. Release your slide on the desire place.
  4. Click on desired action in popup that will appear immediately after:

    • swap - to swap position between dragged slide and slide you are targeting on
    • replace – replace the whole targeting slide with the dragged one. Please note that this will not only replace slide image but all slide attributes and settings.
    • No thanks - click here if you want to cancel the move.

Slide settings

To access the particular slide settings just click on desired slide thumb on timeline. Please find more info about available slide setting in 'Slides' section!

Working with single transition

Swap or replace transition

Perform following steps:

  1. Click and hold on a desired transition timeline thumbnail.
  2. Move transition thumbnail left or right across timeline. Blue rectangle will appear when you roll over across another transition thumbnail.
  3. Release transition thumbnail on the desired spot.
  4. Click on desired action in popup that will appear immediately after:
    • swap - to swap position in timeline between dragged transition and transition you are targeting on
    • replace - Replace the whole targeting transition with the dragged one. Please note that this action will replace all attributes and settings in target transition.
    • No thanks - click here if you want to cancel the move.

Transition Settings

To access the particular transition settings just click on desired transition thumb on timeline. Please find more info about available transition setting in 'Transitions' section.