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4.7. Advanced parameters


To set advanced parameters, select "Advanced parameters" from the "Modify" menu.

Modifying advanced parameters allows you to alter some of the default settings in the player. The most common use is to override the default text used in the control buttons.

For example, you could replace "captions" with "show captions," or you could change all of the text to another language.

The image below shows the default settings of advanced parameters, followed by an explanation of what each does.

 

click_to_play
Changing this parameter's value from "true" to "false" will turn off the ability of users to click on the image area of your slide show to start it playing.

captionsOnText
Changing this parameter's value will change the text of the link to turn captions on.

captionsOffText
Changing this parameter's value will change the text of the link to turn captions off.

creditsOnText
Changing this parameter's value will change the text of the link to turn credits on.

creditsOffText
Changing this parameter's value will change the text of the link to turn credits off.

smallPromptText
Changing this parameter's value will change the text of the link to display the small version of the player.
largePromptText
Changing this parameter's value will change the text of the link to display the large version of the player.

Additional advanced parameters

There are also advanced parameters that enable features of the player that have not been included by default.

To add a new parameter, click the "add" button. You can then enter the name and value of the parameter.

Here are examples of additional advanced parameters:

autoload
By default, the player attempts to preload the entire slide show. This behavior may not always be desirable, as when displaying multiple slide shows on a single page (such as a blog). If this parameter's value is set to "false," only the first image loads automatically. Other media files begin loading when the viewer clicks the play button.

preload_images
This sets the number of images loaded before the play button appears.

initial_volume
This parameter controls the initial volume of the slide show. Values from 0 to 100 are accepted.

return_to_start
Setting this parameter to "true" will cause the slide show to return to the first slide after the slide show completes playing, but the slide show will not continue playing (this is similar to looping, which will play the slide show again after returning to the first slide).

image_link
This parameter makes the image area into a hyperlink. The value should be a URL (such as http://www.example.com).
image_link_new
This parameter is similar to "image_link," but opens the link in a new window.
last_image_link
This parameter is similar to "image_link," but makes only the last image in a slide show into a Web link.
last_image_link_new
This parameter is similar to "last_image_link," but opens the link in a new window.
Note:
You will see an Adobe security warning when previewing these parameter features from your hard drive. This warning will not appear when you publish your slide show online. Adobe does not allow Flash files on hard drives to link to the Internet without security clearance.

For information on turning an individual slide into a clickable link, see the page on captions.

audio_end_url
This parameter sets the slide show to automatically go to a new URL when the audio ends. The value should be an active URL (such as http://www.example.com).
audio_end_url_new
This is similar to "audio_end_url," but opens the URL in a new window.
Note:
You will see an Adobe security warning when previewing these parameter features from your hard drive. This warning will not appear when you publish your slide show online. Adobe does not allow Flash files on hard drives to link to the Internet without security clearance.

memory_clear_mode
Setting memory_clear_mode to "true" will improve performance for slide shows with more than 150 images by directing the player to clear images from memory after they are displayed. This mode does cause additional buffering if the user "skips back" in the slide show, so "memory_clear_mode" should not be enabled unless you have a large number of images.

control_interior_hex
control_exterior_hex
control_loading_hex
By default, colors of all the elements in the player's control bar are defined by a single color in the "DISPLAY" tab. These parameters allow you to set different colors. Enter the values as six-character HEX strings (such as 333333). A list of hex codes can be found here.

extra_link
This parameter allows you to include a hyperlink (such as http://www.example.com) with the "credits | captions" links at the bottom of the player (see below).
extra_link_text
Used with "extra_link," this parameter's value will set the text of the extra link in the player (see below).
Note:
You will see an Adobe security warning when previewing these parameter features from your hard drive. This warning will not appear when you publish your slide show online. Adobe does not allow Flash files on hard drives to link to the Internet without security clearance.

 

Here is an example of what an extra link will look like in a finished slide show.

 

menu_top_hex
menu_bottom_hex
menu_text_hex

These allow you to override the color of the elements in the thumbnail menu display. Enter the values as six-character HEX strings (such as 333333). A list of hex codes can be found here.

 

show_thumbnails_full
Setting this value to "true" will cause the thumbnail menu to take up the entire image area in the player.

menu_width
menu_height

These parameters allow you to define the size of the thumbnail menu in pixels.

menu_columns
menu_rows
These parameters allow you to control the number of images in a column in the thumbnail menu, and the number of rows in the menu. By default, the thumbnail menu displays as 3 columns wide and 2 rows high.

 

The following advanced parameters apply to full-screen mode, and are only available in Soundslides Plus.

max_fullscreen_width
max_fullscreen_height

By default, images in full-screen mode are displayed at a maximum size of 1000 pixels wide by 800 pixels high. You can override this by setting these parameters to different values (up to 1280). After setting these parameters, you must re-apply the output sizes by selecting "Output sizes" from the "Modify" menu, then clicking the "APPLY" button.

fullscreen_bg_hex
By default, the color of the background in full-screen mode is set to black. You can override this by changing the value of this parameter. Enter the value as a six-character HEX string (such as 333333). A list of hex codes can be found here.

fullscreen_nav_width
By default, the width of the control bar in the full-screen mode is set to 800 pixels. You can override this by setting this parameter's value to a different number.

fullscreen_nav_full
By default, the width of the control bar in the full-screen mode is set to 800 pixels. You can force this to cover the full width of the monitor by setting this parameter's value to  "true".

fullscreen_caption_size
By default, full-screen mode's caption display inherits the caption font size entered in the "FONTS" tab. You can override this font size by setting this parameter's value to a different number.

fullscreen_caption
By default, full-screen mode inherits the caption settings in non-full-screen mode. So if captions are turned on in non-full-screen mode, they'll also be turned on in full-screen mode. You can turn off captions for full-screen mode by setting this parameter's value to "false".




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