Posted By Dick Akins on 10 Jan 2017 12:48 PM
Just as an example: what would be the difference between the "desired behaviors" when selecting "Slide Properties/All Media/Songs"
and "Slide Properties/Songs"?
Dick - Great Question...
First off, what you requested is a little misleading so let me clarify that first...
The two items that you requested here are actually the same thing. These both lead to the same Media Type (Songs) under Slide Properties and thus any changes to either path would have the exact same result. Note that the specific Media Types (Songs; Scripture; Images; etc) are nested under the All Media type. For convenience you are allowed to jump to them from the main tool bar but it goes to the same place.
I think part of the confusion that you guys are encountering is with the overlap in the text
Property Groups. For Both Songs and Scripture there is an overlap for the text Layout and Style property groups. This was done to maintain compatibility with property settings from older versions of SongShow Plus. These settings under the All Media section also allows the user to make song specific text
changes (if that is all that they want to control) without going to the next layer. If a user wants to exercise more control over songs specifically for other properties like Margins; Backgrounds; Shadow; etc, then they would want to make their changes under the Songs Media Type.
Getting back to the "desired behavior" reference that I made - This is mostly about context. To explain further let's go back to your original question and the 6 options you listed.
Taking “Song Text Style” as the example, there seems to be at least six ways of setting it:
(1) Top Menu/All Media,
(2) Top Menu/Songs,
(3) Program Panel/Insert Properties for/All Media,
(4) Program Panel/Insert Properties for/Songs,
(5) Rt-click Song/Slide Properties,
(6) Rt-click Song/Edit/Slide Properties
Breaking these down:
Options 1 and 2 -- Selected by Main Tool Bar > Slide Properties
EFFECT - With regard to “Song Text Style” changes to options 1 and 2 will give you the exact same result. If you were changing another property, Margins for example, the result would be different depending on where you set it. The Margin setting under All Media affects everything and the Margin setting under Songs only affects songs.
CONTEXT - Options 1 and 2 are both global
settings and will be in affect every time you open SongShow Plus.
Options 3 and 4 -- Selected by Program Panel > Insert Program Item > Slide Properties For
EFFECT - With regard to “Song Text Style” changes to options 3 and 4 will most likely
give you the exact same result. It will depend on where you insert this Slide Property object in the program. This Slide Property object only affects the program items below it, but does affect them all - i.e. if you add a Slide Property object in a program and 4 songs below it, all those songs will be affected. If you insert another Slide Property object lower in the program it will then be controlling the display behavior for anything that comes after it in the program. Again, if you were changing another property, Margins for example, the result would be different depending on where you set it. The Margin setting under All Media affects everything and the Margin setting under Songs only affects songs.
CONTEXT - Options 3 and 4 are both Program specific
settings and will only be in affect when you open that particular program in SongShow Plus. If other Slide Property objects are added in the program they may change the behavior depending on what is added, where in the program it is added and the settings that are changed.
Options 5 -- Selected in a program by select song > Right-Click song > Slide Properties
EFFECT - With regard to “Song Text Style” changes here will override all
other higher property settings. If you were changing another property, Margins for example, the result would also be that it will override all other higher property settings - for this song instance only
CONTEXT - Options 5 is a program and song specific
setting and will be in affect every time you open this program in SongShow Plus and display this instance of the song. This is the lowest and most specific Slide Property setting possible and it overrides everything else for that particular object.
Options 6 -- Selected in a program by select song > Right-Click song > Song > Edit... > Slide Properties tab
NOTE: This can also be set in the Songs database panel - select song > Right-Click song > Edit Song > Slide Properties tab.
EFFECT - With regard to “Song Text Style” changes here will override all other higher property settings EXCEPT option 5. If you were changing another property, Margins for example, the result would also be that it will override all other higher property settings EXCEPT option 5 - for this song only
CONTEXT - Options 6 is a song database specific
setting and are saved in the song file. These properties will be in affect every time you display this song from the database or add it to a program in SongShow Plus and display this song.
I am working on an FAQ that covers the Slide Properties Hierarchy within SongShow Plus and Slide Builder in more general terms for future reference. This will most likely end up in the User Guide as well.
I hope this clears up the confusion that you are having with Slide Properties. As always, if you have questions about specifics of settings or anything else in SongShow Plus, the support team would be glad to take your call and walk you through any questions that you have.