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Re: Video formats

Walter Lee Davis
 

Browsers no longer include the QuickTime plug-in, so they can't play MOV directly. However, MP4 is an Internet standard, and browsers play that natively, without any help from plug-ins.

Walter

On Jun 17, 2021, at 9:22 AM, Geoff Mullett <geoff10a@gmail.com> wrote:

The videos I add to my xway website are recorded in .MOV format, so I have to change them in iMovie to get them into mp4 format to be accepted by xway. Is the .MOV format non-standard for Apple? They open OK in Quicktime.
Thanks
Geoff


Video formats

Geoff Mullett
 

The videos I add to my xway website are recorded in .MOV format, so I have to change them in iMovie to get them into mp4 format to be accepted by xway. Is the .MOV format non-standard for Apple? They open OK in Quicktime.
Thanks
Geoff 


Re: disappearing pdf resource pages

Art Liestman
 

After making some other changes, I finally got the new version of my website done and uploaded today.  My host suggests using Fetch to do the upload from a Mac and it did work, but because of my limited understanding of things I had to contact their support to move a few files around so that it would work.  That problem was entirely due to my limited knowledge, but I look forward to eventually being able to replace just the changed pages during a website update.  I used to do that in Freeway and it let me be more confident about doing regular updates.  That said, I'm figuring this out and like the results from XWay.  Thanks again for the help.  This group is valuable and I appreciate the quick responses!


Re: Evenly distribute boxes across a page

Fred Kotler
 

Thanks again. Your suggestion works perfectly.

On Jun 15, 2021, at 6:07 PM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

You can set a link on an entire box, but this creates a situation in which the link is the parent of the box. This will probably affect the way that elements are distributed (not a bug, just the way that HTML/CSS works).

The simplest way to work around this could be to embed the linked box within another box - and apply flex attributes to the outer box.

Jeremy


Re: Evenly distribute boxes across a page

Jeremy Hughes
 

You can set a link on an entire box, but this creates a situation in which the link is the parent of the box. This will probably affect the way that elements are distributed (not a bug, just the way that HTML/CSS works).

The simplest way to work around this could be to embed the linked box within another box - and apply flex attributes to the outer box.

Jeremy


Re: Evenly distribute boxes across a page

Fred Kotler
 

Thanks Jeremy.
I was able to get this to work once I figured out that to create daughter boxes, I first need to click in the parent box before inserting additional boxes. I was successfully able to insert text into each box and link the text to an external page. The one problem I had was that I wanted to link the entire box, not just the text within it. When I did that, the box dimensions when previewed in a browser and the spacing between boxes changed. Is it not possible to link an entire box, am I doing something wrong or is this a bug?

On Jun 15, 2021, at 2:26 PM, Jeremy Hughes <jeremy@...> wrote:

Hi Fred,

Flexbox is definitely the way to do this. The boxes don't have to be at the top of the page - we used it for the boxes that are near the bottom of the Xway page on our website:

https://www.softpress.com/xway/

I'd suggest reading:

https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/a-guide-to-flexbox/

You can also look at the source for our Xway page.

We are planning to provide direct support for flexbox in a future version of Xway.

Jeremy


Re: Evenly distribute boxes across a page

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Fred,

Flexbox is definitely the way to do this. The boxes don't have to be at the top of the page - we used it for the boxes that are near the bottom of the Xway page on our website:

https://www.softpress.com/xway/

I'd suggest reading:

https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/a-guide-to-flexbox/

You can also look at the source for our Xway page.

We are planning to provide direct support for flexbox in a future version of Xway.

Jeremy


Evenly distribute boxes across a page

Fred Kotler
 

I have gone through the Xway tutorial and attempted to recreate an existing Freeway site. In general the process was straightforward and the results satisfactory. But one feature of my Freeway site that I could not reproduce was a row of five graphic boxes each containing text and each linked to a different page in the site. I recognize that Xway does not support empty graphic boxes but the larger problem is that I want the boxes spread evenly across the page. Short of creating graphics in a separate program, how can this be accomplished?

Subsequently I found a message on this site “Flex Box Tips” which seemed to be a solution to my problem. Following the instructions, on a blank page, I was able to create boxes that spread evenly across the page but this only worked when the items were directly below the pagediv at the top of the page.

I could not get this to work when I wanted the boxes lower down on the page. Basically I could not create a container box that then had multiple daughter boxes. Is this possible? Will this be possible in a future version of Xway?


Re: Text handling

Bert Green
 

Works like a charm, thank you very much. I was unaware of the persistence of the control/return character, that is very helpful.

I decided to try my hand at re-building my entire site in Xway over the next several weeks so I'll let you know if I come across any issues.


Re: Text handling

Jeremy Hughes
 

1. Xway uses Control-Return because it's the standard Apple shortcut for Cocoa text views.

  1. Type "Hello[Control-Return]world" in TextEdit
  2. Place the text insertion point in either line
  3. Select center alignment
  4. >> Both lines are centred (showing that they are treated as a single paragraph)

2. Pasting soft returns from TextEdit to Xway works for me:

  1. Type "Hello[Control-Return]world" in TextEdit
  2. Copy and paste into Xway
  3. Place the text insertion point in either line
  4. Select center alignment
  5. >> Both lines are centred in Xway
Jeremy


Re: Text handling

Bert Green
 

In my explorations into Xway, I've been using the Control/Return for non breaking lines and it's very helpful, but I'm wondering why you chose Control/Return and not Shift/Return which is what Freeway uses and which is the standard for most all other text software?

One other thing; and this was an issue in Freeway as well: When I paste in text for item descriptions, they are usually 3-8 lines of short text that I prepare outside of the layout and then paste in place, mostly under the image they describe. If I prepare the text using a text editor and use non breaking lines, the text pastes into Xway without the non breaking line breaks and I have to manually replace them. Is there any way to retain the breaks as non breaking when pasted?


Re: Flex Box Tips

Bert Green
 

I just got around to trying this and it works GREAT! Thank you, I think just might allow me to start using Xway for my actual website now as it solves a problem I was having trying to get my inventory laid out properly.


Re: Applying Styles

Bert Green
 

Yeah, I'm figuring that out, so at this point what I'm doing is just getting familiar with working with Xway, I plan to wait for master pages to be full implemented before I start actually publishing my site. Thanks for all the help.


Re: Applying Styles

Jeremy Hughes
 

One point to be aware of is that Xway does not currently have master pages, apart from the document master page (which represents the settings displayed in the Document Inspector). We introduced the idea of template (non-publishing) pages as a temporary workaround, but they're not really master pages. You can create new pages by duplicating a template page, but any changes that you make to the template page after you've done this will not affect the page that you created by duplicating it. We're planning to have actual master pages in the next version of Xway (it's something we're currently working on).

Character styles in Freeway are styles that are applied to spans (text runs) rather than paragraphs - so the equivalent in Xway is any style that is applied via the Span Inspector.

(The Span Inspector is displayed whenever you select some text, or whenever the insertion point is within an existing span.)

We are planning to look at named styles (both paragraph styles and character styles) at some point in the future.

Jeremy


Re: Applying Styles

Bert Green
 

OK thanks, I think I figured it out, I had created secondary pages and went back to the master page to redefine the master styles and they did not apply properly to the other pages, so I deleted all but the primary page, made the changes, and recreated the secondary pages and the styles apply correctly.

Is there any plan to also create character styles like we had in Freeway?


Re: Applying Styles

Jeremy Hughes
 
Edited

You can define a default paragraph style in the Document Inspector, or in the Page Inspector, or in the Box Inspector. Any default style that you define in the Box Inspector will override the corresponding default styles in the Page Inspector and Document Inspector.

The precedence hierarchy is: Paragraph Style > Box Default Paragraph Style > Page Default Paragraph Style > Document Default Paragraph Style

Jeremy


Re: Applying Styles

Bert Green
 

OK so if I understand this correctly, it is not possible to redefine the Default Style in the document inspector? This is what I am trying to do.


Re: Applying Styles

Jeremy Hughes
 

Hi Bert,

One thing to consider is that default styles can be defined at three different levels: document, page, and box. Default page styles will override default document styles, and default box styles will override default page styles. You can also style the actual paragraph. Here is an example:

  1. Create a new document.
  2. Insert a box on the page and type "Hello world" in it
  3. >> "Hello world" is drawn in black
  4. Set a default paragraph style in the Document Inspector: choose Red as the text colour
  5. >> "Hello world" is drawn in red
  6. Set a default paragraph style in the Page Inspector: choose Green as the text colour
  7. >> "Hello world" is drawn in green
  8. Set a default paragraph style in the Box Inspector: choose Blue as the text colour
  9. >> "Hello world" is drawn in blue
  10. Choose Purple as the text colour in the Paragraph Inspector
  11. >> "Hello world" is drawn in purple
  12. Click on "Inherit Style" in the Paragraph Inspector (this is equivalent to Freeway's "No Style")
  13. >> "Hello world" is drawn in blue
  14. Click on "Inherit Default Style" in the Box Inspector
  15. >> "Hello world" is drawn in green
  16. Click on "Use Master Default Style" in the Page Inspector
  17. >> "Hello world" is drawn in red
  18. Click on "Inherit Default Style" in the Document Inspector
  19. >> "Hello world" is drawn in black

If you have some steps that show something different happening, can you post them? The format we use for bug reports is a series of numbered steps, with ">>" showing the result of a previous step or series of steps (as above).

Answering a possible question: Xway shows "Use Master Style" when there is a master element and "Inherit Style" when there isn't a master element. The style is taken from the master element (if there is one) or inherited according to CSS rules (if there isn't a master element). The only master elements that exist in current release versions of Xway are: 1. The document master page, and 2. the pagediv on the document master page (styles for both are set in the Document Inspector). Future versions of Xway will have multiple master pages (and master elements).

Named styles are on our list of things to look at in future.

Jeremy


Re: Applying Styles

Jeremy Hughes
 

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 11:41 PM, Walter Lee Davis wrote:
The paragraph style is very finicky about how it is applied. If you don't have a complete paragraph selected, it won't apply. Try triple-clicking a word within the paragraph. Note that the selection appears to wrap to the beginning of the next line. There is an invisible character at the end of each paragraph which actually has to be selected, otherwise you are only selecting a span within the paragraph, and a paragraph style may only be applied to paragraphs.
That is true of Freeway, but not Xway. If you have any kind of text selection (including an insertion point), Xway will display the Paragraph Inspector and you can use that to change the paragraph style.

Jeremy


Re: Applying Styles

Richard Cacciato
 

I second Walter’s recommendation. That works like a charm in Freeway. Good to know it’s the same in Xway. 

Richard. 


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On Jun 8, 2021, at 7:02 PM, Walter Lee Davis <waltd@...> wrote:

Ah, then here's another trick to try: apply the special No Style "style" first, then the updated Paragraph style.

Walter

On Jun 8, 2021, at 7:01 PM, Bert Green <inquiry@...> wrote:

Or to be more precise, it applies the style, just not the redefined style.


Bert Green

On Jun 8, 2021, at 5:59 PM, Bert Green <inquiry@...> wrote:
Tried that. Doesn't work.


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On Jun 8, 2021, at 5:41 PM, Walter Lee Davis < waltd@...> wrote:
The paragraph style is very finicky about how it is applied. If you don't have a complete paragraph selected, it won't apply. Try triple-clicking a word within the paragraph. Note that the selection appears to wrap to the beginning of the next line. There is an invisible character at the end of each paragraph which actually has to be selected, otherwise you are only selecting a span within the paragraph, and a paragraph style may only be applied to paragraphs.

Walter





    On Jun 8, 2021, at 6:38 PM, Bert Green <inquiry@...> wrote:





I've studying the Master Styles functions of Xway and think I may have found a bug; I redefined a few of the styles according to the manual (Paragraph, Heading 1, Heading 2, all the link styles) and when I apply them to text on a page, both Headings and the links correctly apply the new default styles, but the Paragraph style, despite being redefined and appearing in the inspector with the new attributes, does not style the text correctly; it remains in the style that the app had as the original default. If I style it manually and then activate the "Inherit Style" feature, it reverts to the style the app had before I redefined it.





Or am I doing something wrong here?





Also, just as an aside, it would be very helpful to be able to add new styles to the default list, or rename the existing styles, as I would rely extensively on styles in general and would prefer to be able to fully customize them like I could in Freeway.






















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