7. Slideshow Overview

You can save several slideshows at a time in the Slideshow Manager. Each slideshow can contain up to 5 slides and you can select which slideshow will be visible on the home page.

To access the Slideshow Manager:

  1. Log into your LibPress site and access the Dashboard administration screen.
  2. Hover over the Site Manager menu item at left and click on Slideshow Manager.

Images used in the slideshow should be 960px wide by 288px high. If you don’t have a graphic of this size, but are in a hurry to announce something via the slideshow, consider using a Text Slide until your graphic is ready.

If you create your own slide, you need to upload it to your Media gallery first and tag it as “slide”. It will then appear in your Slideshow Manager. For creating your own graphics, follow the Graphics Guidelines from Chapter 3. For a general guide to slide creation, see the diagram below.

The following tips will assist you in creating user friendly slideshows.

    • Before adding a slide to your slideshow, consider where it should link to for additional information. The slide itself should not contain very many words: a sentence or two at the most. The goal of the slide is to capture attention and redirect a patron to another page for detailed information.
    • Make sure to note where your slide will redirect your patron: to a page within your site or to a blog post or to an external website.
    • You can use any graphics software to create slides for LibPress. The most basic software (e.g. MS Paint) is usually more than enough to create simple, eye-catching slides. Canva, a free, online graphics tool has also been recommended and is used by a number of LibPress libraries.
    • The key is to remember to create your slides with dimensions of 960px wide by 288px high. Also, try to leave the left, right and bottom 50px of the slide blank as that space is overshadowed by the caption and navigation arrows, as per this diagram.
  • You should compress your images so that your homepage doesn’t become slow. To do this, save your slide as a .jpg file (usually this is adequate). Ideally, your slide will be less than 100KB. If your graphics software doesn’t allow you to compress to an adequate size, there are other tools that can achieve this.
  • If you are on Windows 7 or Vista Microsoft Picture Manager can be used to compress images . This software doesn’t come with Windows 8 or 10. Instead, free downloadable software called Caesium can compress images.

Once you’ve followed these tips you’re ready to upload your slide to the Media folder on your Dashboard. Remember to edit the slide and give it a tag of “slide”.

 

Try to leave any text or image detail out of an approximate 50px margin on the left, right and bottom of the image. This is where the navigation arrows and image captions are displayed, if you have that option turned on.

 


Display options

  1. From the Slideshow Manager, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  2. You can choose to display or hide captions by clicking on the checkbox.
  3. You may also select where thumbnails are displayed, if at all.
  4. In the Transitions section, you can change how the slide move from one to the next. By default they scroll horizontally, but they can also slide vertically or you can cross-fade between slides.
  5. Once you’ve made your selections, click Save Collection at the top of the page.