The "Intro – Edge Plate" slide type is by name and heart an intro, but with its very distinct way of displaying text, it's equally useful for regular text display, so it has a bit more affordance for text.
The slide concept is one where you have plates beneath the two text fields, either individually or both – or a line between the texts and no plate. The plates can then also be connected to the canvas's edge or fit the text's width. So you can coax a lot of variance out of this relatively simple slide.
Screengrab from storyboard for example video.
Behavior and usage
With these slide types that have many different text size options, there is still one text field that is the default one: In this case, it's the Large size. The slides function this way because we want you to be able to change slide type and carry over the text from one default text layer to another. So if you change from a regular Simple Slide (for example) to this – the Message text will be brought over. Note that this only holds for the default text field; texts used in other sizes can then be overwritten when changing from a slide-type that has them to one that does not.
This also means that if there is text in the default text field – it will override other activated text fields. So you can have activated the Huge text field and written text in that, but as soon as you input text in the default field, it will revert to Large. This is something you need to be aware of – and you always see what is active in the preview on the storyboard.
The text option for the Message is as follows, with the maximum length in characters.
- Huge: 50 characters
- Xlarge: 70 characters
- Large: 100 characters
You can control the in- and out-animation for all objects collectively – this is useful if you want to keep your object over multiple slides and change the background. The slide does not have individual animation controls for the text fields.
Under "Animation Settings," you can control the following aspects of the slide.
- Slide Style: This allows you to set if you want a color plate behind the Message text, the Description text, or both. Or if you want a line between them and no plates.
- Animation Direction: With this, you control the direction that the slide animates from. If you choose "From right," the plate/line will animate from the right edge of the canvas and also stay connected to that edge if you decide to. The animation direction also dictates the texts' alignment: The text blocks are centered on the slide, but the text alignment changes with the animation direction. So if you animate "From right," the text will be left-aligned and vice versa.
- Width Switch: This control lets you set the plate/line behavior. Either it stays connected to the edge it animates from or adjusts to the widest of the text fields' width.
You can change the color and opacity of the text, the plates, and the line under "Color" in the right pane.