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Re: Photo galleries + display text

Jeremy Hughes
 

So far, so good. I have the text floating over the image, but it doesn’t resize with the image.
See my other reply: https://softpress.groups.io/g/xway-talk/message/194

But maybe there are other ways of doing this: suggestions, anyone?

Jeremy


Re: Photo galleries + display text

Geoff Mullett
 

So far, so good. I have the text floating over the image, but it doesn’t resize with the image. 

Geoff


On 12 Nov 2019, at 16:49, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Note that if you use absolute-positioned items (layer items in Freeway) and you want them to move and resize with another item, it's best to insert them within that item. Absolute-positioned items can be positioned and sized in relation to their  parent item. They can't be positioned and sized in relation to other (e.g. sibling) items.

That's why item2 (in the previous steps) is inserted within item1 and not merely placed on top of it.

Jeremy


Re: Photo galleries + display text

David Ledger
 

On 11/12/19 6:37 PM, Tim Plumb wrote:
On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 08:01 AM, David Ledger wrote:
The people who have those numbers are happy with the way it is
(Freeway graphic text). Reading and entering into a land-line phone
would be the major use. For the numbers I have already I have the
Freeway generated images that I can use, so as long as changes come
along slowly it will be manageable. Just an unfortunate omission. I
think I've seen a library for creating a graphic from text
somewhere. I'll look for that.
If you have PHP running on your server then there's a chance you'll have access to one of the image libraries that allow you to dynamically make or edit images on the server. These are great for allowing clients to upload any image they like (typically a huge photo from a smart phone) and resize it and compress it for use online.
Here's a quick example of PHP using the GD library to generate a list of images from a 'data file' of phone numbers;
http://plumb-design-dev.com/xway/gd-phone-numbers/
The PHP pulls out each phone number in turn and creates a PNG of each phone number as a simple image. These are then stored on the server so they can be used the next time the page is loaded rather than have the server make the graphics all over again. The trick with anything like is to make sure that the number isn't available in the page code anywhere.
Thanks Tim. That looks like it will do the job. I do have php, I just don't use it on that page - yet.

David


Re: Unable to copy and paste structural elements

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Richard,

I'll confess that in my first go-around in the tutorial Xway feels much more constraining than Freeway. I know this is the first version but I'm hoping that the finished version will have much more of the flexibility that we've been accustomed to in Freeway, which made it such a useful tool that is a pleasure to use.
I don’t disagree. There are many features that we haven’t implemented yet, and you’re comparing a program that is at version 0.1 (after less than two years of development) with a program that got to 7.1.4 (after over twenty years of development).

On the other hand, Xway makes it much easier to create flexible web sites that work on different devices. You can do this in Freeway, but it’s difficult and buggy (Freeway crashes easily when you try to use inflow items).

There are also areas where Xway has more functionality (already) than Freeway ever did. You can’t set a font weight in Freeway (apart from Bold) without using Extended Properties. You can’t use web fonts without pasting into a markup dialog. You can’t use z-index without going through Extended Attributions. You can’t link to a file without using an Action to do this. Future versions of Xway will have other features that never made it into Freeway, while also adding features that Freeway currently has better support for.

Jeremy


Re: Unable to copy and paste structural elements

Richard Cacciato
 

Thanks, Jeremy. I'll confess that in my first go-around in the tutorial Xway feels much more constraining than Freeway. I know this is the first version but I'm hoping that the finished version will have much more of the flexibility that we've been accustomed to in Freeway, which made it such a useful tool that is a pleasure to use.


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Jeremy Hughes
 

Sadly not, just 'Save and send to group', cancel and delete.
It looks like it’s admin-only then.

I don't see an option to change that.

Jeremy


Re: Unable to copy and paste structural elements

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Richard,

Will it be possible to reorder elements?
Yes, absolutely!

Jeremy


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Tim Plumb
 

On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 10:43 AM, Jeremy Hughes wrote:
You don’t see a “Save Without Sending” button (immediately after “Save And Send To Group”) ?
Sadly not, just 'Save and send to group', cancel and delete. 


Re: Unable to copy and paste structural elements

Richard Cacciato
 

As an addition to David's post, it's not possible to reorder elements on a page. For example, I started a new file and forgot to put a navigation box at the top. When I insert a new box it adds it at the bottom of the page. But I can't move it to the top of the page. Will it be possible to reorder elements? Thanks.


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Jeremy Hughes
 

Unless the result of "editing an e-mail" is to send a new, corrected e-mail, I don't know how this system will integrated 1:1 with the mailing list feature if it allows direct editing.
The Swift forums (using Discourse) are like this. If someone edits a post, it doesn’t get re-sent.

Thanks. I only get the option to 'save and send to group'. Maybe the silent editing is an admin option.
You don’t see a “Save Without Sending” button (immediately after “Save And Send To Group”) ?

Jeremy


Re: Photo galleries + display text

Tim Plumb
 

On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 08:01 AM, David Ledger wrote:
The people who have those numbers are happy with the way it is (Freeway graphic text). Reading and entering into a land-line phone would be the major use. For the numbers I have already I have the Freeway generated images that I can use, so as long as changes come along slowly it will be manageable. Just an unfortunate omission. I think I've seen a library for creating a graphic from text somewhere. I'll look for that.
If you have PHP running on your server then there's a chance you'll have access to one of the image libraries that allow you to dynamically make or edit images on the server. These are great for allowing clients to upload any image they like (typically a huge photo from a smart phone) and resize it and compress it for use online.

Here's a quick example of PHP using the GD library to generate a list of images from a 'data file' of phone numbers;
http://plumb-design-dev.com/xway/gd-phone-numbers/

The PHP pulls out each phone number in turn and creates a PNG of each phone number as a simple image. These are then stored on the server so they can be used the next time the page is loaded rather than have the server make the graphics all over again. The trick with anything like is to make sure that the number isn't available in the page code anywhere. 


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Walter Lee Davis
 

Unless the result of "editing an e-mail" is to send a new, corrected e-mail, I don't know how this system will integrated 1:1 with the mailing list feature if it allows direct editing.

Walter

On Nov 12, 2019, at 1:25 PM, Tim Plumb <tim@freewayactions.com> wrote:

Thanks. I only get the option to 'save and send to group'. Maybe the silent editing is an admin option.


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Tim Plumb
 

Thanks. I only get the option to 'save and send to group'. Maybe the silent editing is an admin option.


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Tim,

Just noting that you can also edit your original post: click on More (beneath it) followed by Edit Message. I usually avoid re-sending when I do this.

Jeremy


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Tim Plumb
 

Yep, try this.


Re: Xweb first thoughts

Richard Cacciato
 

  1. On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 07:28 AM, Tim Plumb wrote:
https://xweb.plumb-design-dev.com/template1/
Tim, the link you posted doesn't work. Do you have a new one?


Re: Photo galleries + display text

Jeremy Hughes
 
Edited

Note that if you use absolute-positioned items (layer items in Freeway) and you want them to move and resize with another item, it's best to insert them within that item. Absolute-positioned items can be positioned and sized in relation to their  parent item. They can't be positioned and sized in relation to other (e.g. sibling) items.

That's why item2 (in the previous steps) is inserted within item1 and not merely placed on top of it.

[This is also the case if you use layer items in Freeway. It's how absolute positioning works.]

Jeremy


Re: Is there a method to add HTML Markup eg before </head>

ant@...
 

Hi Tim Sorry I meant to thank you as well. 


Re: Photo galleries + display text

Jeremy Hughes
 

Scalable text:

1. There is a measurement (vw) that defines a size (e.g. text size) to be a percentage of the viewport width. The viewport is the content area of a browser (or Xway) window, or the content area of the screen (on a non-windowed device).
2. It might be possible to scale text using the CSS calc function (you would need to use Extended Properties for this).

Jeremy


Re: Photo galleries + display text

Jeremy Hughes
 

I was looking to place two blocks of scaleable text (hopefully one with a link to the next page (as Freeway could to with ‘map area’). Useful to know about Google fonts, but I haven’t found a way of placing the box of text on top of the graphics in a way that is scales with the graphic.
In addition to Walter's suggestion (use a background image), you could have a container box that contains a graphic and a second container box that sits on top of it:

1. Insert box (item1)
2. Place a text cursor within item1
3. Insert graphic
4. Insert box (item2)
5. Type some text in item2 and give it a link
6. Centre-align the text
7. Centre the graphic (select it, then right-arrow, then choose centre alignment)
8. Select item2 and set its position to be Absolute
9. Set the width of item2 to be 100%

Jeremy

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