SmartBuilder version 3.9 release notes

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SmartBuilder version 3.9 release notes

Postby Rob Penn » Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:18 pm


  • Templates: A number of new templates have been added to the system.
  • Transitions: Authors can apply transitions (fade, zoom, etc.) to objects used in a timeline by using that object's Transitions property in the Properties panel. Previously, timeline transitions could only be performed using the timeline edit window. The benefit is that you can multi-select objects and apply a transition to them all at once using the Properties panel. This can be a big time saver.
  • Timeline object: The edit window has been made taller, making it easier to work with objects without scrolling.
  • Timeline object: This object has been optimized to improve performance.
  • Timeline object: A preload property has been added. If this is checked, the page loader will delay the page becoming visible until the timeline's audio has loaded.
  • Thumbnails: Flash (SWF) media now show thumbnails in the media selection list. Previously this only worked for PNG, GIF and JPG.
  • Backgrounds included in templates: When creating a template on a master page or on the template edit stage, you can associate a background graphic with the template. These backgrounds will now be applied with the template. NOTE: if you apply a template with a background onto a lesson's master page, it will overwrite any existing background on the master page.
  • New variable method: Text variables now provide a "contains" method. This means you can create conditional actions that check to see if a certain text string is present in the text variable.
  • Version comments: Version comment text selectable. You can place your cursor inside the text field and use your arrow keys to scroll to view long version comments.

Bug fixes

  • A certain combination of duplicate, delete and undo actions with subsets was causing the Cast to break for that set. Now resolved.
  • The placeholder graphic (a portrait icon) for scalable shapes has been removed. The placeholder graphic would appear for a second or two before the actual scalable shape appeared, which was confusing and unattractive.
  • Applying text styles to multi-selected text objects was not applying the change to all objects. Now resolved.
  • Using Shift+Arrow to nudge multi-selected objects now works.
  • Hidden objects are no longer selectable when using lasso.
  • Page selection pull down menu visible again in hyperlinks window for Goto page option.
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