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Workflow: How the Standalone Version Works

This topic only applies to the Standalone version of the product.  If you're using the Dreamweaver Extension version, see this topic.

This topic explains how the Standalone Slideshow Creator is used, giving a high-level overview of how the slideshow creation workflow functions.

Please Note: The actual process of completing each of these workflow steps is detailed in the subsequent topics; if you're a new user, you can probably skip this topic.

Behind the scenes, the process of creating a slideshow involves several steps:

  • If this is the first slideshow in the site, all necessary supporting files are copied into the site and placed in a designated folder
  • A new XML configuration file is created for the slideshow
  • All configuration information and image gallery information is written to this configuration file
  • A block of slideshow HTML is constructed; this contains all of the global configuration settings as well as the path to the XML configuration file
  • This slideshow HTML is inserted into your HTML page, where it will behave like any other page element (e.g. it can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere in the page)

The Standalone Slideshow Creation Wizard handles all of these steps automatically for you.  To create a slideshow, you'll use the following workflow:

  • Have an existing page you want to insert a slideshow into (it should be prepared as explained in the Preparing to Insert a Slideshow topic).  This can be a newly-created page or one with existing content.
  • Launch the XFS v4 Standalone Slideshow Creator application
  • Select the HTML page you want to add the slideshow to.  Also, select the root folder for your the page's associated site.
  • The external wizard will guide you through the creation process.  When you're finished, you'll save and exit the wizard.
  • The slideshow HTML code block will be inserted directly into the top of your HTML page and the XML configuration file created and placed in the supporting files directory.
  • If desired, you can open the page in a text or HTML editor and move the slideshow HTML code block around.

Tip: To create additional slideshows, you'll just run the Standalone Slideshow Creator application again.

To edit a slideshow, you'll use a similar workflow:

  • Re-launch the XFS v4 Standalone Slideshow Creator application, in the same manner as when you first created the slideshow.
  • When prompted, specify the HTML page that holds the existing slideshow and the associated site root folder.  In other words, just specify the same page and site root folder values as those you used when initially creating the slideshow.
  • The external wizard will load in the slideshow in question, allowing you to make changes.
  • When you're finished, you'll save changes and exit the external wizard.
  • The Slideshow HTML and the XML configuration files will be updated based on any configuration changes you made