Chapter 7: Assembling a Project

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Assembling a Project

When you’ve prepared pages for a motion book, you can assemble them in a project that you can publish as a motion book.

This chapter describes how to create a project, name it and set its metadata, add and remove pages and set their order, set a project thumbnail, lock a project, and save a project.

Creating a Project

To Create a New Project

l  In the Home tab, click + on the New Project button at the top of the control panel.

A new project tab opens in the tool with an empty workspace and a project control panel to its left.

Naming a Project and Setting Metadata

Each project you create has a name and metadata that can help locate the project using the search tool in the asset bar. If this is a public project, the information you enter as a name and metadata helps other Motion Book Tool users find your project in a search.

When you publish a project as a motion book, the project name becomes the motion book’s name and appears under the motion book icon on an iOS device or in a deviantART Sta.sh account.

To Name a Project

l  In the Name field of the project control panel, replace the current project name with a new project name. (The default new project name is “New Project.”)

The Tags field of the project control panel accepts any text you want to enter. Use it to specify keywords useful for a search. The Description field also accepts any text you want to enter. Use it to provide a clear description of your project, useful not only for a search but to help you remember what the project is all about.

To Enter Project Metadata

1.      In the Tags field of the project control panel, enter keywords that apply to your project.

2.      In the Description field of the project control panel, enter a clear description of your project.

Note that a new name and metadata don’t take effect until after you save the project to the Madefire cloud.

Setting a Project As Public or Private

You can make a project public to share it with other Motion Book Tool users, or you keep your project private so that only you can find the project in the Madefire cloud.

To Make a Project Public

1.      Choose “Public” from the Access pull-down in the project control panel.

2.      Save the project.

If other Motion Book Tool users search for a project and your project matches their search, the search returns your project.

To Make a Project Private

1.      Choose “Private” from the Access pull-down in the project control panel.

2.      Save the project.

The project won’t appear to any other Motion Book Tool users.

Working With Pages In a Project

A project must contain pages before you can publish it.

To Add a Page to a Project

l  Drag a page from the assets bar to the workspace of the project tab.

The page’s icon appears in the workspace.

You can add multiple pages to a project, then rearrange or delete pages to get the page set and order you want for your motion book. Page order in the project workspace is the same as reading English text: pages progress from left to right in each line, lines progress from top to bottom in the workspace.

To Change Page Order in a Project

l  Drag a page icon in the workspace to a new location before or after other page icons in the workspace.

To Remove a Page From a Project

1.      Click the page icon in the workspace to select the page.

2.      Click the remove page button  in the right side of the tab bar.

The page icon disappears from the workspace and the page is no longer part of the project. Note that removing a page doesn’t delete the page; it’s still stored in the Madefire cloud.

Setting the Project Thumbnail

The project thumbnail is the image that appears in the asset bar to represent the project stored in the Madefire cloud. If you don’t set a project thumbnail, the Motion Book Tool uses a black Madefire icon as the default thumbnail.

The project thumbnail not the same as the store thumbnail (described in “Publishing a Motion Book” on page 179), which is a page that represents a published motion book in deviantART or the Madefire store.

To Set a Project Thumbnail

l  Drag an image from the assets bar and drop it in the Thumbnail box in the project’s control panel.

The dragged image fills the Thumbnail box. When you save the project, the new project thumbnail appears in the assets bar under Recent projects.

Locking a Project

There may be times when you wish to lock a project so that no one (you or any collaborators you have who can access the project) can make changes to the project or any of the pages it contains.

To Lock a Project

1.      In the project’s control panel, check “Read-only.”

2.      Save the project.

After saving the project as locked, if you try to save the project or any of its pages, the Motion Book Tool presents a dialog box informing you that it’s locked and can’t be saved.

To Unlock a Project

1.      In the project’s control panel, uncheck “Read-only.”

2.      Save the project.

You can now save the project or any of its pages.

Saving a Project

You can save an unlocked project to the Madefire cloud at any time. When you save a project, you save only the project settings and links to the project’s pages—you don’t save any of the pages or the assets they contain, which are already stored in the cloud.

To Save a Project

l  In the project tab, click the save button  on the right of the tab bar.

The Motion Book Tool saves the project to the Madefire cloud. The project appears under “Recent projects” in the asset bar. Its name there is the name assigned in the Name box in the project tab’s control panel; its icon is the image displayed in the Thumbnail box.

Note that you can assign the same name to different projects you save to the Madefire cloud. The cloud distinguishes the projects internally with its own internal IDs, so duplicate project names aren’t a problem for the cloud. You should, however, use unique project names if possible to help you distinguish your own projects from each other.

Saving a Duplicate Project

To Save a Duplicate Project Under a Different Name

1.      Click the save as button  on the right of the tab bar.

A save as dialog box opens asking you to enter a new name for the duplicate project.

2.      Enter a new name in the dialog box, then click Submit.

The Motion Book Tool saves a copy of the project to the Madefire cloud using the new name you provided.

Other Project Settings

The project control panel contains other settings. The Master project box ties two projects together to provide different versions of the project for different devices, and the Advanced and Upload settings publish the project as a motion book. You’ll find information about the Master project box in “Adapting a Motion Book to Different Devices” on page 189 and information about the publishing settings in “Publishing a Motion Book” on page 179.

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