Category Archives: Proshow producer tutorials

A Simple demo of the ProShow Layer Location

ProShow fails to report a layer’s actual position when that layer has been rotated on a rotation center located at other than layer center. This demo shows the use of FPVPs “Tools for ProShow” to calculate a layer’s actual or adjusted position. It also clearly demonstrates ProShow’s failure to properly report a layer’s actual position as described above.

A ProShow layer’s position is normally reported as the location of the layer’s center point. However, the location is incorrect for cases when the layer has been rotated on a point that is not the layer’s center. This has been the case since the Rotate Center function was introduced with ProShow version 4.

My Tools For ProShow is fully capable of calculating a layers true or adjusted position when it has been rotated on a rotation center.

You can view the short and simple demo here:
Demo Of ProShow Positioning “Glitch.”

Dale

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Advanced Outlines & Frames in ProShow

ProShow’s outlining features are quite underwhelming … having remained essentially unchanged since they were introduced sometime around 2006 or so. When they’ll get around to updating them is anyone’s guess. But, way over 10 years without any changes is surprising.

As implemented, ProShow’s outlines are often not narrow enough or not wide enough. The same goes for ProShow’s shadow feature. If you want or need something other than the woefully limited options ProShow provides, you are on your own. It helps to have a tool that does the math for you … making things considerably easier to accomplish.

Tools For ProShow  fits the bill in this case. It makes it easy to create layers that you can use for outlines or frames or shadows that would otherwise be extremely difficult or time-consuming to create correctly. This tutorial does not show the Tools for ProShow in action; only the resulting values for this tutorial exercise are provided.

This tutorial provides but one example of what can be done with ProShow’s feature set using what are effectively user created outlines. You can either use graphics (PSP/PSG) or PSP solid/gradient layers. Gold has a bit of a problem properly handling graphics with translucence (that is, opacity at other than 100%). Also, Gold has no blur capabilities. So, if you’re creating outlines/frames in Gold … you may find yourself adapting your graphics to account for Gold’s limitation.

You can view the tutorial on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/Dms9pZ1ksqk

-Dale

Tools For ProShow Update (v11.42c)

An updated version of my tools for proshow was released on 2 September 2017. There were 57 changes made since the last release. Photodex changed the way that zoom modifiers worked. So, the worksheet was updated accordingly.¬† A number of changes to the tools were related to zoom modifiers. Another change was the ability to add a set of 4 user defined layer aspects to the Layer information section. It’s sort of like a “favorites” addition.

So, I was busy there for awhile. Sorry … forgot to update this blog with that updated information.

Tools For ProShow, v11.33a

Released recently, there’ve been some 88 changes to the various tools in the worksheet since the release of v11.21 (released some 22 days ago as of this publication).

Many of the changes between the last release and this one are under the hood changes. However, considerable work went into improving and enhancing the Layer: Outlines/Frames tool. Quite a bit of work went into the Findings tools of Cover Layer During Rotation and Largest Width During Rotation. These latter two tools should now work correctly for any scale of layer. You never know when you might need to know the minimum width you need for when you’re rotating a layer or just how wide that layer might be for a given value of zoom.

Fractional values of a layer’s aspect are now provided as are the angles formed by a diagonal between two opposing corners. Sometimes that information can prove helpful, if not enlightening when you’re creating an effect.

You can now compare the widths between the 3 Findings Layers. Further, you are told the amount of space on each side of a layer for its given scale, aspect, zoom, and position.

What’s more, a version of the Tools For ProShow is now also provided in OpenOffice format with this release, v11.33a. This format had been discontinued as of v10.11jf for performance reasons.


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