- Complete Guide
- Table of Contents
- Welcome to iScreensaver
- Downloading and Installing
- Designing and Preparing
- Managing Projects
- Importing Media
- Editing a Screensaver
- Locking and Unlocking
- Branding Control Panels
- Customizing Installers
- Building Installers
- Distributing Installers
- QuickStart and Sample Projects
- Using Flash and Third-Party Tools
- Installing a Screensaver
iScreensaver Project Samples
VIEW Sample Project: Space
VIEW Sample Project: Presentation Slides
Downloading Sample Files
DOWNLOAD the imagery and sample .ISC file of this project with which to practice.
Windows users, please be sure to 'Extract All' when unzipping.
This presentation slideshow sample project has examples of a bullet-point text presentation, and how to create solid wipes and dissolves.
Project Background: our customer contracted out for a complicated Flash animation for a client's screensaver, but at the end of the project the client's specifications changed against using Flash, so the customer came for advice. In looking at it, the Flash animation was really a fancy bullet-point feature list, so we made the suggestion, since the original Flash contractors completed their work, to take screengrabs and use the built-in transition effects to animate the same. The end results pleased both customer and client.
Demonstration Summary: Preparing and animating presentation slides, using Dissolves and Wipes. However, instead of screen capturing from a Flash animation (only recommended in a emergency), we create new bullet-point frames in a third-party graphics application.
Preparing your assets
A third-party application like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop can be invaluable in adjusting, cropping, or formatting your images. For our customer's project, the Flash .FLA project was not available, so we used the built-in Mac OS X screen capture commands to screengrab while running the animation full screen in Flash Player.
For this example, we created six frames of a generic bullet-point presentation: a blank background, a title card with the client's name, and a sequence of text changes building to a large splash. (This, of course, is a gross simplification of our customer's actual project.)
The images were created in Photoshop at 1024x768 in size and would be set to display as Letterbox on the end users' monitors. The 'Save For Web' feature allows saving in a lossless PNG-24 format, since the JPEG compressors have trouble properly reproducing gradient ramps.
Arranging your assets
When first importing items to the sequence, it'll be arranged alphabetically left to right, and top to bottom, in sequential order. Grab the thumbnails to reset the order, but if you are intending to shuffle then their order does not matter. Use either Thumbnail View or List View to re-arrange the order.
For this example, there is a particular order, looping, but always starting at the beginning of the sequence. We used the ability to move multiple items, so that the blank background would be the first in the sequence. Under the Info palette's Global Video Sequence settings, the defaults were appropriate.
Setting overall item values
It's easier to start with the settings that are in common between all the items. By selecting all, it's simple to turn off the Captions and the Picture overlays, without erasing their contents. (They default as On, so it's wise to turn them off first if not desired.) On the Media tab, Display defaults to Letterbox, Effect to a motion Dissolve, and Compression to High Quality.
For this example, while everything is selected, make sure to turn off the Overlays completely, and switch Compression to None. The blue gradient is a difficult pattern with JPEG, and the art was saved as Lossless PNG, so the default is incorrect for this project, as JPEG artifacts can be seen when scales up to larger monitors.
Setting specific item values
Sometimes the List View allows more information to be gleaned while authoring a screensaver. Try selecting a few items that share settings. Control-click the column names to re-sort or view more column information. Use the Info palette to quickly switch out parameters, and view in the Preview stage.
For this example, the first two images will be Dissolves, whereas the rest will be Wipe-Right. Select the first two and open the Effect section, to turn off Random Motion and Simultaneous Out Effect, as movement is not necessary, and we need our previous item to hold on-screen a bit longer before fading away.
With those settings set, trade in the selected items for the unselected items by inverting the selection. Switch the Dissolve Effect for Wipe towards the Right. With Wipe or Slide Effects, the Simultaneous Out is defaults to the, in this case, proper off.
Different items deserve longer durations, or shorter ones.
For this example, the title and the final slide were to be on longer than the others, but that the others actually need to be shorter. Selecting multiple items with the command button (on Macintosh) or control button (on Windows) make a simple chore for matching items.
Building your screensaver
If saving has not occurred, the build will cancel. Save. Choose your platform, build, and install directly from iScreensaver.
For this example, the wizard pre-filled all the pertinent information for filenames and project names with 'Presentation Slides' at the beginning. Save, then on the Build tab, move to the Mac or Win subtabs (depending on platform), and Build. To immediately install, just choose Install when the buidl process is complete. For more details on the build, see 'Details...' If you install a second time, if the filenames are the same, you will replace the previous version, not add a second screensaver.
Of course, now you are going to want to go through the entire User Manual, which explains many more important details and gives plenty of questionable advice.