Chart of the Month – February 2013 – Scrolling Web Page
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This is a terrific technique to employ when presenting a web page. Instead of taking screenshots of parts of a web page, consider using this more realistic approach. Be sure to download the animated example to see how the animation is formatted and sequenced. Below are the steps to produce the effect.
- Select a computer from the Concepts 128 series and copy it into your presentation
- You'll need a means for capturing an image of a full web page. Web pages are often longer vertically than can be seen on a computer screen. Therefore, it's necessary to use a screen-capture software like Snagit. Snagit is useful in many instances, not only this one. It's a good all-around tool for presentation developers. Snagit has a feature that will let you select a screen and then scroll to capture the entire web page.
- Copy the captured image of the web page onto your presentation slide
- Size it and crop it as necessary, but don't crop the bottom of the web page image
- Place it behind the computer graphic (step 1), and place the top of the web page at the top of the computer screen in the graphic so it looks like the web page is being shown on the computer. Make it as large as possible so that it is readable.
- Notice that the web page image hangs down below the bottom of the computer graphic. Since we want to show the full web page, we'll need a way to keep this part of the web page from being seen. Also, since this web page is going to "scroll" via animation, we'll also need a way for the top part of the web page from being seen as well. There are a couple of ways to do this:
- Take a look at the download for this Chart of the Month. This is one way. The design elements from the master are copied to the slide. Since the background is white, we put white rectangles above and below the web page image.
- If the design elements are not separate, then copy the background onto your slide and make sure it is perfectly sized and aligned with the design elements as they appear on the slide. Then duplicate the background so you have two of them. Crop one so that it spans the top of the slide to the top of the web page image. Crop the other so that it spans the bottom of the slide to the bottom of the web page image.
- Make sure that the layering is correct now:
- The top level should be the computer image
- The next level should be the cropped backgrounds
- Under the cropped backgrounds is the web page image
- Add the animation to the web page image using the "Up" motion path. Adjust the length of the motion path arrow as necessary so that the web page image stops at the right place (this will be trial and error to get it right). Add as many animation starts and stops as necessary to convey the messages (tip: each time you add a Up motion path, the arrow for the page is placed over the first arrow. You'll need to move it up so that it starts exactly where the previous arrow ends and then adjust the arrow stop as necessary. Refine and then repeat adding more Up motion paths.) Remove the smooth start and smooth stops from the animation. Review the animation in the download we've provided so that it makes sense to you.
- Add the text and call-out boxes as follows.
- Call-out boxes: it will take a little bit of time to get the placement of the call-out boxes set perfectly; probably take three or four adjustments, both to position and size of the call-out box
- Place the text on the slide where you want it
- Add a leader line from the text to the call-out box if you want (as in the example we have provided). Group the leader line and the call-out box.
- Animate the reveals and dissolves of the text and callout boxes in a manner that suits your purposes.