A slide style is a template of animations with optional objects.
In most cases it is necessary for a Slide to have at least one “Main Image”. However if the Style is designed appropriately then it can be applied to a Blank Slide.
A Slide Style also includes a Transition. e.g. If the Style creates multiple slides, each slide's transition can be determined in the Style.
For example, you can choose a Slide Style which creates “Pan Left” or “Zoom Out” animation and apply this Slide Style to one or more slides.
On the left hand side of the window we have the Slide Style Categories - Basic, Borders etc.
In the middle the Slide Styles in each category are listed. This also shows how many images are required to create the Style.
The image at the top right hand side is a Preview of what the Style will do.
This tells the user how many Images are required and how many have been chosen (selected) in the Slide List. If the number of images chosen is not correct it will result in a Grey Image (or Images) in the Preview.
The Speed and Full Duration controls determine the Full duration of the Applied Style and are interactive. The Speed Control will increase or decrease the Full Duration of the Applied Style and the effect is shown in the Preview Window. The default is 100% = Full Duration of the Slide Style. Faster Speeds will decrease the Full Duration and slower Speeds will increase the Full Slide Duration. You can type a specific time into the Full Duration box.
Note that the Slide Style Full Duration will overwrite the Full Duration of the slide that it is being applied to.
Options will vary according to the Style.
Size is a static Zoom percentage applied throughout the duration of a Style. Zoom is usually the amount of Zoom applied dynamically through the duration of the Style. Another example is Border which sets the thickness of a Border as a percentage of the Image Height.
The APPLY button creates the slide.
Please be aware that Applying a Style will overwrite any existing Animation. Slide Styles are NOT additive.
Not available in the Essentials Edition
Any Slide (or Slides) to which animation has been added can be turned into a Style and saved in the User Styles Tab of Slide Styles. Highlight the Slide (or Slides) and open the Slide Style window by clicking on the Slide Style Tool. Click on the TOOLS button and select Create Slide Style.
Styles use the “Main Image” concept (new in Version 8). When an image is dragged into the Slide List it is automatically assigned the Main Image Index of 1. See Objects and Animation / Properties Tab. An Image added to a blank slide in Objects and Animation requires that a Main Image Index is added manually.
Where a Style includes more than one Main Image, the images should be indexed 1, 2, 3, 4 etc during the creation process (Objects and Animation/Properties Tab/Main Object). Then, at the application stage, the Slide one Image is allocated to Main Image one in the Style etc. If an image occurs in the Style in more than one position, only the first instance needs to be Indexed - all other instances are “referenced”. Example:
Note that the image in Slide 2 is Indexed (Main Image 2) but that its reflection is not indexed.
When applying a Style which requires two (or more) images, they can also be added to a single blank slide in Objects and Animation and assigned Main Image Indexes 1 and 2 (etc). The Style can then be applied to that single slide containing two (or more) indexed images.
Styles can contain objects which are not Main Images.
Objects created in Objects and Animations such as Rectangles, Frames, Buttons, Masks etc are included in the Style as “instructions” and add very little in terms of file size.
If an Image is introduced in Objects and Animation (not designated as being Main Image) and used as a Background or to create an object such as a Box then that is also included in the Style but will increase the Style file size significantly. JPEGs and PNG files can be used for this purpose.
Users create projects which have different aspect ratios of slides (4:3, 16:9, etc). You have to declare the supported variants of aspect ratio for your style:
You can create two independent styles - for 4:3 and for 16:9. Set the same name for both styles (for example, 'My style'). PicturesToExe will automatically combine both styles into one style. And users will see one style in the list. When the user applies this style PicturesToExe will automatically choose the correct variant (16:9 or 4:3) according settings of user's project. If the style does not contain the necessary variant, PicturesToExe will choose the nearest variant (e.g. 4:3 for 5:4).
Adjust 'First slide' and 'Slide count' parameters to include the number of slides for the style.
If you create a style which contains 3 slides and apply it to 6 slides it will be applied in the following order:
1,2,3,1,2,3 - because 'Number of slides for beginning' and 'Number of slides for the end' have a zero value.
Choose 3 slides, set 'First slide' as 1 and 'Slide count' as 3.
Set 'Number of slides for beginning' as 1 and 'Number of slides for the end' as 1.
Now this style will be applied to 6 slides in the following order:
Example: Please download the following example of this application of a Style from the WNSOFT.com server
Import (see below) the Style and apply to three or more images dragged into the Slide List. The Style has “Beginning”, “Middle” and “End” sections.
This is a workaround suggested by Igor:
It is possible to add an editable text caption to a slide within a Style.
If the Slide Name or Names are changed in Slide Options to a suitably descriptive name before Creating the Style then the Applied Slide Style will add an Identifier to the Slide or Slides.
Always save the Project from which you have made a Style as a Template for use at a later date.
The Style (“xxxx.ptestyle”) can be imported from any source.
Navigate to the source of the “ptestyle” file to be imported and highlight it and click on Open. The Style is then added to the User Category of Slide Styles or a Category specified by the author of the Style.
In order to share User Styles or transfer them from your main Computer to your Laptop PC etc they first have to be Exported as “ptestyle” files.
The Exported File is then saved in the folder designated in Settings / Preferences / Templates. This can be the default location or can be specified on a drive other than “c:” drive.
Any Non-Main Images in the Style are included in the Style - beware of the FILE SIZE of Non-Main Images!
Fonts - The Font used for any Text included in a Style is only honoured on another PC if it is present on the host PC.
The “ptestyle” files can be uploaded to the PicturesToExe forum or sent in Personal Messages as “ptestyle” files. When sending in e-mail they should Zipped before attachment.