You can add a slideshow as an alternative way to display content, using navigation controls to move from slide to slide to view different content. Most kinds of content can be placed into a slideshow, including snippets, text, tables, and more.
For an example of a slideshow, see http://help.madcapsoftware.com.
Following are the primary steps for using slideshows.
- Insert This first step in creating a slideshow is to insert it into a
topic or document. This creates a generic slideshow with two slides containing default text that you can replace. See Inserting and Navigating in Slideshows.
- Edit After creating a slideshow, you can edit the content itself or the settings applied to the slideshow and individual slides. You can also edit your stylesheet to change the look of the container and different elements of the slideshow. See Editing Slideshows.
Following are some tips that you may find useful when working with slideshows.
If you add captions to your slideshow, keep in mind that the longer the caption, the more it will intrude into the space where the slide content is shown. As a workaround, you can add extra space to the bottom of your content. Also, you might want to make sure the most important information in the slide is seen in the upper portion of the slide.
It is a good idea to avoid really tall content in slideshows. Otherwise, content in other slides may look awkward if you do not have "Adaptive height" set. If you want to include images that are rather large, you can set those images to show as thumbnails so that they are not seen at their original size until the user clicks them. See Showing Images as Thumbnails in Output.
As far as navigation at the bottom of a slideshow is concerned, you have the option to use bullets or thumbnail images. Bullets are probably best when the order of the slideshow is important. Thumbnails are best when the order is not that important; they allow users to easily click and find the exact slide they want to see.
Keep the following in mind when using slideshows:
- Print Output Slideshows are not supported in print-based output. If you have a topic with a slideshow that will be included in both online and print outputs, you should use condition tags to exclude the sideshow from the print target.
- Tables and Dynamic HTML You cannot put slideshows within tables or in dynamic HTML elements such as drop-downs and togglers.
Note: This feature is not supported for MadCap Lingo review package (LIREV) files.