The ”Simple slide” is the main storytelling slide type in the deck. It contains of a main text and a secondary text with the option of using a still image or a video as background asset. A good way to think about the ”Simple slide” is that it has the role of a ”paragraph” in a text, it holds a theme or a though if you will. Sometimes you need to continue a theme or a piece of the narrative over multiple slides, but consider looking at the ”Quick Text” type if you need to explain something in more text.
Use the ”Simple slide” as part of the main narrative of a story, it is designed to propel the narrative forward with enough text space to communicate a healthy bit of information.
Simple Slide in default state with both Message and Description. This version is 7 seconds long and that has no duration setting.
With Simple Slide 2.0 you can have a shorter duration, this one is 4,5 seconds. So when you're not using the Description text that may be enough. With Simple Slide 2.0 you can also do image placement and control the animation behavior.
Behavior and usage
The ”Simple slide” is focused on the main text, which is set in white Large type. The main text field animates in before the secondary text and should contain the main message on the slide. When animating in a gradient fade is placed under the area that will contain both main and secondary text to ensure legibility of the text that defaults to theme color White.
The secondary text – set in White Small text – animates in after the main text is completed and therefore has a shorter life span on the slide.
Secondary text could be used for further information on facts stated in the main text or as a counterpoint or segue into the next slide. Be cautious not put too much information in the secondary text or to use it as ”more text” in conjunction with the main text, it is very deliberately designed not to be an extension of the main text.
Credit text is derived from the credit field in the asset browser. Since all assets in Story Engine are their own instance you could use the credit field for additional information as well, such as a source reference or other. This field is not directly editable from the storyboard view, instead you access it through the asset browser’s detail view. You can turn off the credit text altogether from the storyboard side pane if you wish.