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A comment on slideshow option... Answered

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

10 years ago

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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jtobakowestfw

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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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jtobakoLftndbt

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Lftndbtjtobako

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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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clothbottrebuchet03

Reply 10 years ago

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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zachninmeclothbot

Reply 10 years ago

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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jtobakozachninme

Reply 10 years ago

Nothing like a complicated solution to a simple problem ; )

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zachninmejtobako

Reply 10 years ago

Its not complicated... for you ;-P

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TheCheese9921

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

i liked the old way better.

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trebuchet03LinuxH4x0r

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Goodharttrebuchet03

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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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zachninmeclothbot

Reply 10 years ago

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

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jtobakozachninme

Reply 10 years ago

Then it's not an instructable, is it?

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zachninmejtobako

Reply 10 years ago

"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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clothbotzachninme

Reply 10 years ago

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

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zachninmeclothbot

Reply 10 years ago

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

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Bran

10 years ago

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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jtobakoBran

Reply 10 years ago

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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chooseausernameBran

Reply 10 years ago

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)