Tutorial for Forces 041 and 042 – Trajectory Redirect
Using the Trajectory Redirect
This series provides a way to attach a value trend to a horizontal flow and then adjust the trajectory after an event. These frameworks have been drawn so that there is a counter balance (the blue dot), and they can be quickly and easily spun to the desired trajectory.
These frameworks are unique. You'll not see them used often if at all. When precise, data-driven trends are not needed, these frameworks will work perfectly to illustrate your message. There are two variations: v01 frameworks do not touch the event and v02 do. The outflow from the event in v02 spins perfectly around the round event marker. If you want to use something other than a circle as the event, use v01 and space the inflow and outflow segment groups accordingly.
Even though there are only 10 downloads in this series, you can mix and match between the downloads. For example, say you want 3 segments into the event and one out of the event). Download the 1- and 3-segment frameworks and combine them to create this specific message. Also, the trajectory positions going into and out of the event are nearly unlimited. These 10 downloads provide a powerful set of frameworks with just a small amount of formatting.
Customizing the Horizontal Flows
If you want to change the size/shape of the frameworks, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using segments from other series, as mentioned above, bring them all onto your page and size them together so that they will fit together perfectly. If you have not adjusted the trajectories, ungroup only once to preserve the spin capabilities.
Once the trajectories have been set, either ungroup and eliminate the blue dot or select it and format it to "no fill."
The trajectory can be spun easily. The inflow and the outflow are layered. Click on the lines (there is no fill applied) of either the inflow or the outflow to select the group. Then move the green handle at the top of the circle to adjust the trajectory. Do the same to adjust the the other group. You can, at this point, choose to ungroup the inflow and outflow and remove the blue dot. If you are going to animate these spins, you must leave the group intact and apply "no fill" to the blue dot.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.
The segments are somewhat indistinct in 3D. The segments blend into each other and no line can be applied to help define them. You may want to forgo using 3D. But if you choose to apply 3D, use a short depth. Also, depending on which way your 3D faces, you may need to change the layer order of the pieces of the framework. Also, be aware that the 3D effect changes the color of the framework slightly.
A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so they are closer to the segments. Make sure your layering is correct so that the shadow does not obscure any of your primary figures.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.
The flows can be animated to reveal one after the other as wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.
You can also spin the groups. Click on the group you wish to animate and apply Emphasis and Spin. You will be working in very small percentages since you don't want these groups to spin too radically.
An animation scheme might be to reveal the inflow, spin it to the correct trajectory, reveal the event, reveal the trajectory-adjusted outflow.