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Engage Carousel Interaction 1.5 Released!

I released an updated version (1.5) for the Carousel Interaction. This update contains a few minor fixes as well as few enhancements. If you have published content with the first public release (1.3 or later), please download/install the latest update and republish for these changes to take effect.

Carousel.zip

Fixed:

- Image thumbnails not loading when in Presenter while the Tic-Tac-Toe or Flipbook interaction is hosted in the same presentation.
- Resume functionality when inserted into a Presenter tab.

Enhancements:

- Carousel stops when hovering over the rotating image thumbnails; this makes selecting the thumbnails easier and without having to chase them down.
- Rotation icons are displayed in the lower corners of the interaction;  this is to help end users better understand how to rotate the carousel of images;  simply hover the mouse over these icons to rotate the carousel of images clockwise or counter clockwise.
supports Background Color transparency from the Color Scheme Editor.

Note:  There’s no live feedback on transparency when making the change from the Color Scheme Editor. Please adjust the transparency for the background, Save the New Color Scheme. Reopening the Color Scheme Editor will show the new change.

Did you know the Carousel 1.5 interaction contains 3 hidden options that allow the author to modify the Carousel appearance? All of these hidden features are accessed through the Color Scheme editor in Engage. Changing predefined colors will either turn a feature on or off. See below for details.

Open an Engage Carousel interaction or create a new and Select Colors –> New Color Scheme

The hidden options are as follows.

Select the FAQ ->FAQ Button Text: This will change the border color for the text panel above the rotating image thumbnails. No other interaction has this option.

Select Tabs -> Background: Setting this to any color other than white will turn off the gradient color overlay (this overlay gives the appearance of a horizon when turned on).

Select Tabs -> Slide Background: Setting this to black will turn off the rotation icons that appear in the lower corners of the interaction (these icons were added in version 1.5 and I wanted to give users the option to turn this off.). Any other color will turn this on.

8 comments for “Engage Carousel Interaction 1.5 Released!

  1. Ran Shinar
    July 12, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Thank you David.
    Nice enhancements and options.
    Tried one but the client wasn’t thrilled…Well, to each his/her own (-:

    Bless you for your work
    Ran

    • David
      July 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Ran,

      Yup – we can’t please them all. Was there a particular element they didn’t like or just the whole concept?

  2. Sue
    September 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Great job! I am digging this interaction! Is there is a way to change the white background behind the rotating image icons?

    Thanx!

    • David
      September 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

      Sue,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      If your question is in reference to the white color that appears tightly around the images you have inserted, then NO, it’s not an option to change this color. Images inserted into Engage that contain transparency is not supported. Engage will convert any transparency to white. Please take a look at the following link for faking a transparent look.

      I’ve included several “Easter Eggs”. When selecting Articulate Engage Colors –> New Color Scheme –> Tabs –> Background: changing this to Black or zero will turn off the gradient Overlay. Any other color will turn it on. Keep in mind, because transparency is not supported by Engage, you will catch a glimpse of any image using white background when one thumbnail passes in front of another. An example can be seen here:

      http://dburton.articulate-online.com/2146744858

      For a complete list of hidden features built into the Carousel Interaction, please read the information provided at the top of this page.

  3. April 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Hi David,

    Firstly: great job. I really like the carousel to introduce teams etc.
    I needed to set the wmode of the flash object to “transparent” to allow for JavaScript menus to overlap the Flash file and not to be hidden behind.
    However now the call-out names in the rotating images are not pure white any more, but also contain blue areas.
    Is there a setting in the color-scheme that would allow me to fix this small issue?

    • David
      April 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Rainer,

      I’m pleased to hear you like the Carousel.

      I’m sorry, I never included an option to adjust the color of the call out bubbles. If I could see an example of the issue, I might have a workaround for you.

  4. Theresa Halverson
    May 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Is there a way to change the font color for the body of the text? I can only get black but need white. Thanks!

    • David
      May 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Theresa,

      Just like other Engage Interactions, almost all of the elements or at least all of the font stylings can be modified. Please watch the following Screenr for more detail and let me know if this doesn’t help.

      http://www.screenr.com/0J2

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