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Is there a way to shut off the slideshow option and see it like the rest of instructables? It seems to be slow, clumsy and eye-iritating to the point that it's not worth fighting with to look at. Feel free to disagree and post your opinion.

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westfw (author)2007-12-02

Suggestions here? 1) the default rate is way too fast. (hmm. Already adjusted? It's better now.) 2) The default text color/size doesn't stand out very well. 3) There should be some indication of how many slides are in the show, and where in the list the current slide is. Perhaps this can all be in the bottom slide bar, with it scrolling sideways along with the show? (there's plenty of room there for a "15 of 102" or similar.) 4) I'd like to see a button that will go all the way back to the beginning. (shouldn't the controls be double-arrow back (to beginning), single-arrow back (back one), stop/go, and "one foward." ? Too many things are using that double backarrow in ways I don't expect. I must be old!)

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jtobako (author)westfw2007-12-03

1) default rate was too slow for me... 2) I think text might go better in a separate box, similar to the yellow boxes so that they can be 'pointed' more effectively. 3) a full list of thumbnails with a highlight box around the current one would be nice. 4) see #3 : )

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Lftndbt (author)2007-12-02

As long as the ible's, don't get flooded by sideshow's posing as ible's. I can't see a problem with them.. They seem do be a good medium between idea's and an ible. I plan on using one to showcase my project's I have completed off the site.... I was surprised that my snail net coped with it. Nice way to spice thing's up a lil'..... ;)

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jtobako (author)Lftndbt2007-12-02

Then, like forum posts, shouldn't they have their own area?

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Lftndbt (author)jtobako2007-12-03

Edit:~ last post

Hmmm.. looks like I'm throughing, search ible's / search Slideshows into FF speed dial.....
I definatley will be using, to search seperatley when needed..

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trebuchet03 (author)2007-12-01

The important thing..... Make sure the developers know this ;) Think about it from an engineering stance - don't focus why it doesn't work (no more than to identify and understand why), say how it can work ;)

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clothbot (author)trebuchet032007-12-02

Good point. Some thoughts on how it might work: - add the ability to change the view from slideshow to gallery-thumbnail chooser, or to a series of pictures. - merge slideshow capability into the main instructable format. Well suited for those single steps with multiple pictures; currently, you have to click on "the other" picture to view it in context.

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zachninme (author)clothbot2007-12-02

This gets all the images in a row, and I'm working on getting the text.

I'm working on something to adjust everything, like speed.

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jtobako (author)zachninme2007-12-02

Nothing like a complicated solution to a simple problem ; )

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zachninme (author)jtobako2007-12-02

Its not complicated... for you ;-P

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TheCheese9921 (author)2007-12-02

I am so with you this is really annoying, I think Instructables should let us check out new features and vote if we like them or not

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John Smith (author)2007-12-02

I like them, but I'm really worried that people will just make slideshows, because they are easy; and the amount of well-written, decent instructables will fall because of that.

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Brennn10 (author)2007-12-02

The only thing I am worried about is people posting up useless pictures that do not mean anything, and a flood of them.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-30

i liked the old way better.

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trebuchet03 (author)LinuxH4x0r2007-12-01

? Old way? There is no old way - this is the first way :p

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Goodhart (author)trebuchet032007-12-01

Some are not only resistant to "change" but to "new" also LOL That reminds me: Have you ever seen products marked "new and improved" ? It can't be both. If it is "improved" it was a product before, and not new, if it is new, it could not have been improved :-)

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clothbot (author)2007-11-30

I have to agree. They're ok to watch as a sort of overview mode, but can't see myself actually using/following one as a set of instructions to follow as currently implemented.

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zachninme (author)clothbot2007-12-01

Its not really a "How-to" -- its more for showing off what you've done.

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jtobako (author)zachninme2007-12-01

Then it's not an instructable, is it?

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zachninme (author)jtobako2007-12-01

"Use a slideshow to show pictures of a finished project, a work in progress, your work space, or something that you don't quite have full enough documentation to make an Instructable."
-- it's not suppost to be an instructable ;-)

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clothbot (author)zachninme2007-12-01

Ah, so they don't qualify for the Laser Cutter Contest? That simplifies that then.

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zachninme (author)clothbot2007-12-01

Technically, no, but they might start changing contest rules so they qualify.

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Bran (author)2007-12-01

Personally, the pictures are way too fast for me to comprehend what I am looking at. Other than that, I think it will have a good use.

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jtobako (author)Bran2007-12-01

It's to slow to scan for the interesting bits, not enough room for text to explain without obscuring details and not adjustable (other than stop) for individual comprehension speed. What makes it better than a page of clickable or hoverable (?) thumbnails?

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chooseausername (author)Bran2007-12-01

It's particularly too fast when there is a text to read at the bottom of the picture =o)
I know there is a pause button, but making it slightly slower could be cool :
- 4 seconds when no text
- 8 seconds with text

=o)

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