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Live text scrolling

It would be great if you could create vertical or horizontal text box scrolling using REAL TEXT rather than having to convert the text box into an image every time. 

It is a long winded process and if I'm hoping to use this feature within the majority of a book/magazine, and it will take too long to do. Also, its annoying when there's ONE spelling mistake etc.

If it can't be currently be done, is this something you will be working on developing for the new update of Mag+? 

hannah dossary

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Hi Hannah,

Thanks for your request, I'll forward this to our developers and see what is decided. 

Regards,

Anders

Anders Odevik 0 votes
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This is a great idea! I am assuming this would help with better text clarity on all versions of the iPad, too.

David Gamble 0 votes
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Hi Hannah - 

This is in fact possible today - I was just experimenting with it this morning. It's the same process as doing it with an image, but in your HTML document, instead of pointing to an image, just input your text. Then you can use all the HTML text styling attributes you like, and you'll see that the text renders as text so you select it. Just be sure to uncheck "Scale content to fit" in the HTML settings in the plug-in . Attached are two HTML files - the first is the traditional way - turning the text into an image. The one labeled 2 is the same thing but with text as text.

Mike 0 votes
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I unchecked scale contact to fit, and it looks fine in indesign, but when i preview it still scales image down. it actually loads correctly for the first second, I assume referencing the png file. then scales down to half size once html loads. please help

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Hi - It sounds like the HTML might be referencing a graphic that is not sized for it. If you're doing a retina MIB, you need to have a graphic that is sized at 264ppi and the full pixel size and then uncheck Scale to Fit. If you are doing a non-retina MIB, you should check that box.

Mike 0 votes
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Thank you for the quick reply. The html and png are same size and 264 ppi @ 100%. I also tried both versions retina MIB and non-retina MIB, clicking scale to fit on and off. still no success, any other advice?

Thank you

 

frenel 0 votes
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This still needs to be added as an option in InDesign without the use of HTML. I'm using tables, anchored objects and styles that aren't convertible to HTML. At its simplest, there needs to be a fixed layer above the Main Tower where I could put objects that don't scroll -- that would make one static layer above and one static layer below the Main Tower. Then I could make a mask and put my page navigation above the scrolling content.

Danielle McLelland 0 votes
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It says 'done' next to the feature request, is there a way to add real text apart from using a html object yet? I only ask as the html object ignores the default behaviour of opening the thumbnails when tapping anywhere on the html object, an annoying usability issue.

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Hi Adam - Not sure where it says Done, but no, we don't yet have text as text in the app apart from HTML, but we are working on it now. You're right with HTML that it takes over the single-tap navigation control since that's an HTML control function - you can however still long-press to get the navigation bars to come up. We're working on solutions to this - for text, you'll be able to do this without embedded HTML soon, and we're also looking at adding an option to maintain Mag+ controls even on an HTML object - that just gets tricky because if used with the wrong HTML element it renders it unusable.

Mike 0 votes
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Thanks for the quick reply, Mike. It says 'done' top right hand corner which is why I wondered if it had been implemented.

For non-interactive html content I am just placing a transparent rectangle above the html element in inDesign and exporting to png's. I can see how allowing a single tap might interfere with standard html behaviour though. Perhaps you could expose a javascript function called magplusShowMenu (or a url shortcut '//openmenu') that I can call myself when I detect a user has tapped a certain element, then I can separate which elements should work as normal and which should open the menu myself.

adam 0 votes
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Hi Mike - I'd like to ask if there's been any progress on allowing real text boxes with scrolling text contents... independent of using HTML for that?

Rick Carmichael 0 votes
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Hi -

Yes! There has been very good progress on this. We are currently testing an implementation of it and hope to have it in one of the next releases.

Mike 0 votes