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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. Rotation: Location of Layer

Well, it’s been awhile since I have done anything with ProShow. A few piddling things here and there, but I haven’t followed up on much of anything. I did however, work a fair amount on my Tools For ProShow. I did some work in early January but then, the tax season hit and I got slammed with work. I was working over 120 hours per pay period (I am a tax preparer completing both corporate and individual taxes). So, I did next to nothing else until after tax season ended. Then, I took 2 months off.

New Release of Tools for ProShow. I recently finished off a bunch of changes in the worksheet, many minor and some not quite so minor. The most recent release is now available at my site: v11.21. You can find it here:  http://fenimorephotovideos.com/FPVP_Tools_wp.html

Providing a layer aspect for use by many of the Tools is now much more flexible than in previous releases. Dropdown lists are now much easier to identify. Numerous tweaks of the calculations were made to make them faster, overall. Some were simplified. The reset buttons (macro driven) now work only within their respective sections.

Layer: Aspect/Dimensions (User Values) replaces Layer Information. The option to enter the layer’s scale was removed. The tool using the selected layer makes the scale selection as appropriate. Additionally, a selection of a pre-defined aspect is now provided for each user aspect value.

Findings. Select one of the three user provided aspects. Or, select a predefined aspect from the dropdown list. Select the desired scale for the layer.

Rotation: Location of Layer. This tools provides the actual location of a layer that has been rotated on a non-zero rotate center. A layer’s location is defined by its center point. So, when the layer is rotated on a point other than its center, it’s physical location is not what ProShow reports. Additionally, if you provide a desired position at which to place the layer, the appropriate pan values (location) to place it there are provided.

This link provides access to a demonstration of the use of this tool: https://youtu.be/74-n9bIPvuw

Layer: Outlines/Frames. Considerably revamped and enhanced. When a Change in Zoom is given for the normalized axis (except for Safe Zone selections), it is doubled and added to the final zoom for that axis (effectively, the change in zoom is the amount for EACH layer side). The tool provides the ability to create a Polaroid outline (one size much larger than the other three).

The ∆ ↔↕ (delta width and height) tool simply shows the difference in width and height between the Findings Layers 1, 2, and 3. This can prove helpful if you need to comparing layer sizes.


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