L M wrote:
Loved the old Visual Site Designer and hoped RSD would be similar.... unfortunately many of the intuitiveness of VSD is not present in RSD.
For example, to do something as simple as zoom in on a photo while the mouse hovers over it takes no fewer than 15 steps. You have to set the normal and then the hover modes, and I found setting the Focal point acheived what I wanted, but the focal point was not considered by Transitions. So even setting a transition speed, it did not factor the change in focal point, and so it jumps unattractively from the main picture to the zoomed up one as if pictures had been swapped out, without the slowly zooming in effect that I wanted. So then I toyed around with the scale setting, etc etc etc, but I didn't want the picture itself to get bigger, I only wanted to zoom in on it. Then started messing around with Cover vs Fill, and trying to scale the picture up while scaling the dimensions down to try to force it to zoom in without changing the photo size, but that didn't achieve it. Basically have wasted several hours and still haven't gotten the effect I wanted, close enough I guess between all the little settings I've changed, but its been stressful and annoying.
My suggestion: A simple right click "Special photo effects" feature for pictures that pulls up a selection menu. Zoom picture: What triggers the zoom? Mouse hover. How fast to zoom: simple speed scale bar. Zoom in or out? Select I or O. How long to zoom for? Set milliseconds.
Another special photo effect that would be nice to have a right click option for, "Translate (slide picture left or right)" Starting point: Select part of photo you want in the initial frame. Slide picture left or right? Select L or R. Slide speed? Select slow, medium, fast, or set milliseconds. Repeat photo? Select infinite loop, reverse direction or stop when the edge is reached.
Ideally this would be compatible with the zoom feature I wrote about above, so you could both translate and zoom at the same time with just a few clicks.
I wouldn't hope for anything for RSD anymore, with the new SD V3.5 or V4 (soon to be,,( RSD (Stand Alone) I suspect will fall by the wayside & will not be getting anything.