The "Selector Plate" slide type is excellent for making step-by-step parts of a video. It has a "dot progress bar" that you can adjust up to 15 steps and to show the user where in the sequence they are.
The slide also has a great deal of flexibility with dual text fields that both can have the same text sizes and individual animation controls for the slide in general and the two texts.
Usage and behavior
This slide-type has two text-fields with more than one available text size, making it very flexible. Both can be Large, Medium, or Small. For the Message field – Large is the default, and for the Description field, Small is the default.
With this slide-type with many different text size options, there is still one text size per field that is the default one. The slides function this way because we want you 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 extended one – the Main 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. You need to be aware of this, 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.
- Large: 85 characters
- Medium: 100 characters
- Small: 135 characters
For Description, these are the lengths:
- Small: 100 characters
- Large: 55 characters
- Medium: 100 characters.
You set this slide up by choosing how many dots you want to have in the progress bar – on each slide in the sequence you're building – and that slide's position in that sequence. This is what the controls for "Number of Dots" and "Selector" do, respectively. This is also visible on the slide preview in the storyboard to get visual feedback on this.
The different animation settings let you control what parts you want to "change" between the slides. Note here that the "Slide Animation" settings take precedent over the text animations. So if you want the plate to "stay," you have to control this with the "Slide Animation" control.
The "Plate Height" controls if the plate should take its max height or adjust to the text fields' actual content. You may want to have it at max height when you are going for a very structured layout and don't want the plate to change between slides.
Under "Color" settings, you can control the color and opacity of the plate, the dots, and the selector, as well as the texts. So you can create a lot of variety by using these controls.