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Re: Xway user guide

Ken McKinley
 

Jeremy -

Thanks for your very prompt reply. 

Just moved the app to the application folder, and that worked.

Thanks again.

Ken



On Jul 23, 2021, at 12:07 PM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi Ken,

The Xway User Guide is included within Xway's application package, so it won't show up separately (e.g. in the Finder).

You could open the application package, but it's better if you fix your permission problem. It's possible that this is caused by Apple's quarantine technology. This can create problems if you run an application from the directory where you downloaded it.

Is Xway within your Applications folder? If not, try dragging it there. If it is, try dragging it out and then put it back in there.

Jeremy


Re: Xway user guide

Carla Grande
 

FYI 
my xway is in applications folder. once I go to the Help menu and click on Xway User Guide. the pdf opens in a separate window which you then can go to save as and store on desktop for easy referral. but you'll have to do this on every version of Xway as the user guide is updated as well
good luck

Carla Grande
Consultant & Website Designer
917 621 5550





On Jul 23, 2021, at 12:07 PM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi Ken,

The Xway User Guide is included within Xway's application package, so it won't show up separately (e.g. in the Finder).

You could open the application package, but it's better if you fix your permission problem. It's possible that this is caused by Apple's quarantine technology. This can create problems if you run an application from the directory where you downloaded it.

Is Xway within your Applications folder? If not, try dragging it there. If it is, try dragging it out and then put it back in there.

Jeremy


Re: Xway user guide

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Ken,

The Xway User Guide is included within Xway's application package, so it won't show up separately (e.g. in the Finder).

You could open the application package, but it's better if you fix your permission problem. It's possible that this is caused by Apple's quarantine technology. This can create problems if you run an application from the directory where you downloaded it.

Is Xway within your Applications folder? If not, try dragging it there. If it is, try dragging it out and then put it back in there.

Jeremy


Xway user guide

Ken McKinley
 

Hello -

I have used Freeway for several years, and recently downloaded Xway to begin the process of learning the new program. I have been working through the tutorial, which has been helpful.

However, I am not able to access the User Guide. When I try to open it from the app, I get a dialog which says the following:

"The file “Xway User Guide.pdf” couldn’t be opened because you don’t have permission to view it. To view or change permissions, select the item in the Finder and choose File > Get Info.”

I have searched my computer for the file named “Xway User Guide.pdf” and it does not appear to exist.

Is there a way that the user guide can be downloaded directly? I don’t see any option on the website to do this.

I am running Catalina 10.15.7 on a 2020 Macbook Pro.

Thanks for any help that can be provided.

Ken McKinley


Re: Getting up to speed

Crawford Hart
 

Yeah. I realized that was the solution about a half hour after I sent the post. It’s real simple, once you know how.

Thanks for all your help


On Jul 18, 2021, at 8:42 AM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Could you put the thumbnails in a separate (inflow) thumbnails box that follows the main pictures box?

You can add margins to the thumbnails to space them from each other. On narrow-width devices, they might flow across more than one line.

Jeremy


Re: Getting up to speed

Jeremy Hughes
 

Could you put the thumbnails in a separate (inflow) thumbnails box that follows the main pictures box?

You can add margins to the thumbnails to space them from each other. On narrow-width devices, they might flow across more than one line.

Jeremy


Re: Getting up to speed

Crawford Hart
 

Getting close to what I'm trying to accomplish.

The attached screen shot shows what I'm going for. The large image is a before/after structure. The two thumbnails are each links, one to a close-up shot, the other to the full image (as shown).
This is how I want it to look on the page, but I've only managed it so far with absolute positioning for the thumbnails. How would I get all the images on the page within the same "Pictures" box, and positioned as shown?


Re: Getting up to speed

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Crawford,

The formula is (height ÷ width) x 100

The easiest way to work this out is using the Calculator app that comes with macOS. But you're pretty close to the answer. You just need to multiply 1.5 by 100 to get a percentage: 150%.

Using the calculator will give you a more accurate figure: (1080 ÷ 719) x 100 = 150.208623087621697%

If you paste that into Xway, it will round it to two decimal places: 150.21%

Jeremy


Re: Getting up to speed

Crawford Hart
 

Thanks for the information, Jeremy. I've set up a test page and produced the desired results, even though I'm still not fluent in the various parameters.

Step 3 in particular. The test image I'm using is 719 x 1080 pixels. Dividing height by width gives roughly 1.5. I'm not clear on what needs to happen to turn that figure into the bottom padding value for the container box.


Re: Disappearing app

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi William,

Xway (like any other application) doesn't actually do anything until you run it. If it isn't visible, that's the Finder's (and system's) responsibility.

Another way you could try to locate it is to open the Applications folder and choose Find from the bottom of the File menu. Type "Xway" in the search bar and click on "Applications" next to "Search: This Mac".

If that doesn't work, it might be worth running Disk Utility to see if you have any kind of disk problems.

Jeremy


Re: Disappearing app

william@...
 

Hi Jeremy 

The "find by name" was the first thing I did. Not there. I’ve never had this problem with another app.

I’ve now ditched Xway but good luck in your venture. Softpress Freeway was a good app.

Will



On 14 Jul 2021, at 20:22, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi William,

That sounds very strange, but it seems more like a Finder issue than an Xway issue - especially if you haven't actually run Xway yet.

If you're getting a duplicate item warning when you try to copy it a second time, Xway must already be in the Applications folder.

What you could do is to choose "Sort by Name" from the Finder's View menu, and then look through your applications in alphabetical order (near the end if you don't reverse the order).

Jeremy


Re: Disappearing app

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi William,

That sounds very strange, but it seems more like a Finder issue than an Xway issue - especially if you haven't actually run Xway yet.

If you're getting a duplicate item warning when you try to copy it a second time, Xway must already be in the Applications folder.

What you could do is to choose "Sort by Name" from the Finder's View menu, and then look through your applications in alphabetical order (near the end if you don't reverse the order).

Jeremy


Disappearing app

william@...
 

Hi, As a former Freeway user I downloaded Xway out of curiosity. The devs should note that after unzipping the downloaded app file, I moved Xway to the applications folder ... and it promptly disappeared. It is there, as it won't let me do it again without a "duplicate item" warning. Fully aware this is a beta! 


Re: Getting up to speed

Jeremy Hughes
 

Here's one way you could do this:

  1. Insert a container box
  2. Insert two images within the container box
  3. Set the container box (div) to have a bottom padding value that is calculated by dividing the height of the image by its width and multiplying by 100% (e.g. 75% for a 1024x768 image)
  4. Select both images and set their width to be 100%
  5. Remove their maximum width (Xway sets a default maximum width of 50%)
  6. Set their position to be absolute
  7. Select just the top image and set its opacity to be 0% (Style section of Box Inspector)
  8. Set a dynamic opacity of 100% for "Hover" in the Dynamic Styles section

Changing the opacity of the top image from zero (transparent) to 100% (opaque) causes it to become visible when the mouse hovers over it. You can also set a duration for the transition from transparent to opaque (see "Dynamic Styles" section of "Styles" chapter).

The first six steps are similar to the method described in the User Guide for setting a flexible aspect ratio for a video iframe ("Video aspect ratio" section of "Iframes" chapter).

Jeremy


Re: Getting up to speed

Crawford Hart
 

Thanks for the reply, Jeremy. 

Most of the things that I used Freeway actions for were navigation conveniences that I can find other ways to produce. I'm a retoucher by trade, and what I really need, and haven't found a way to do it, is to show before/after versions of my work, preferably triggered by a mouseover event. I don't think the dynamic properties is dynamic enough for this effect. In Freeway I stacked the before image on top, hiding it. It was revealed by the mouse hovering over the image. I checked out Exhebio, and while I will certainly make use of it, I don't think it is capable of producing this basic effect either. Am I missing something?


Re: Getting up to speed

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi,

Flexbox is a way to distribute items on a page. We're planning to support it directly in a future version of Xway, but you can use it by manually adding a few extended style properties. This doesn't require any real coding. There are some threads on Xway Talk which discuss how to do this. You could also look at the source for the Xway page on our website ( https://softpress.com/xway/ ) and search for "flex". We added two extended properties (display:flex and flex-direction:row) to three items.

Xway currently supports CSS rollover effects: look up "dynamic styles" in the Xway User Guide (which is available from the Help menu). These are a modern alternative to JavaScript rollovers.

The best way to create a flexible site is to use inflow (relative-positioned) items. A good place to start is by working through the Xway tutorial, which you can download from our website. It's also worth reading "Appendix 2: Importing an existing website" in the Xway User Guide.

Jeremy


Getting up to speed

Crawford Hart
 

My web site was originally designed with Freeway back around the turn of the century. I've modified and revised it many times since then, but the underlying structure has remained the same. It relies on absolute positioning for its design and makes extensive use of Freeway actions.

I'm excited about xway, but I don't really see yet how to use it to recreate the structure of my site. I've been trying to wrap my head around the whole idea of a flexible site, and just when I thought I was making some progress, I started hearing about Flexbox. Went to the link and what do I find? Tons of coding. Ugh.

I know xway is still in development, but will there be anything approaching the functionality of Freeway's actions such as various mouseover/rollover events, hiding and revealing images, etc. 


Re: inconsistent vertical spacing

Jeremy Hughes
 

Xway tries to follow HTML/CSS layout rules, but it's not perfect and the rules are sometimes complicated.

An opposite problem is that if you type "Hello<Return><Return>world", Xway will display an empty paragraph between "Hello" and "world" - while browsers (and Xway's Web view) will hide (or collapse) the empty paragraph.

Ditto for multiple spaces (shown in Xway, collapsed in a browser).

Jeremy


Re: inconsistent vertical spacing

Fred Kotler
 

Thanks for taking the time to look into this. Interesting that the effect only manifests itself in a browser and in the html code but not when viewed in Xway.

On Jun 28, 2021, at 8:18 AM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi Fred,

Thanks for sending your document. The problem happens because there is an empty paragraph under the "American Bald Eagles" heading. This creates a second h1 element, which you can see in the HTML source (looking at the HTML source in Xway can be a helpful way of spotting subtle differences like this):

      <div id="title">
         <h1 class="style1">American Bald Eagles</h1>
         <h1 class="style2"></h1>

      </div>

To check for and remove this blank line:

  1. Click after "American Bald Eagles"
  2. Press right-arrow
  3. >> The cursor disappears into the next line
  4. Press backspace
  5. >> The empty paragraph (heading) is deleted
Jeremy


Re: inconsistent vertical spacing

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Fred,

Thanks for sending your document. The problem happens because there is an empty paragraph under the "American Bald Eagles" heading. This creates a second h1 element, which you can see in the HTML source (looking at the HTML source in Xway can be a helpful way of spotting subtle differences like this):

      <div id="title">
         <h1 class="style1">American Bald Eagles</h1>
         <h1 class="style2"></h1>

      </div>

To check for and remove this blank line:

  1. Click after "American Bald Eagles"
  2. Press right-arrow
  3. >> The cursor disappears into the next line
  4. Press backspace
  5. >> The empty paragraph (heading) is deleted
Jeremy

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